ASTC members named finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Five ASTC members have been announced as finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

In the past 15 years, the award has been bestowed upon 170 institutions, including 22 ASTC members.

Congratulations to these ASTC finalists for 2021:

COSI Columbus logo

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
Columbus, Ohio

Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Mississippi Children's Museum

Mississippi Children’s Museum
Jackson, Mississippi

Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center
Orlando, Florida

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation
Martinsville, Virginia

The winners of the National Medal will be announced in May, with a virtual ceremony and celebration to be held this summer.

Over the next couple of months, IMLS will showcase the excellent community work of all of the finalists through its Share Your Story social media campaign. Those who have been impacted by this important work are encouraged to share their memories using the hashtag #IMLSMedals on Facebook and Twitter.

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