The Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum, the Library & Research Center and Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, is among 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an award that recognizes museums and libraries for service to their communities.
This is the second time MHS has been nominated for the award, which is presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MHS was also one of three institutions to receive the National Medal in 1994, the inaugural year of the award. MHS works to provide a safe and welcoming space where visitors can learn about the St. Louis region’s history and better understand the perspectives and experiences of their neighbors. The institution also facilitates conversations about difficult topics facing our community, including race and class. In 2017, MHS was the first museum in the country to receive the Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion, presented by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Missouri History Museum offers free programming for children and families throughout the year, including drop-in storytelling, Spanish storytelling, activities for homeschool students, plays, lectures and more. The museum is also home to the History Clubhouse, a dedicated space just for families where children can learn more about history through hands-on exhibits and role play. In November, MHS will reopen the revitalized Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, a state-of-the-art museum facility that honors military service, veterans and their families. Between 250 and 300 artifacts will be on display, ranging from the earliest artifacts in the collection that date back to the War of 1812, all the way up to the War on Terror.
Those who have visited the Missouri History Museum or the Library & Research Center are invited to share their experiences with the IMLS on social media Monday, April 9. To #ShareYourStory, visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS or www.twitter.com/us_imls and use #IMLSmedals. National Medal winners will be announced later this spring.
“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”