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IHS Will Receive 2010 Best Practices Award from Association of Midwest Museums

Sept. 16, 2010

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society has received notification from the Association of Midwest Museums that it will award the IHS the 2010 AMM Best Practices Award for its development and implementation of the Indiana Experience. The 2010 AMM Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 7 at the 2010 AMM conference, Museums Making Connections. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

The AMM Best Practices Award is presented annually to a museum(s) or cultural institution(s) that has demonstrated leadership in the field through distinguished museum practices and/or innovative programming. The AMM, founded in 1927, is a non-profit membership organization that provides resources to museums and cultural institutions and services to museum professionals in an eight-state region including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. For more information on AMM and the Best Practices Award, visit www.midwestmuseums.org.

“We’re impressed with how the Historical Society has brought history to life through its Indiana Experience, and it should serve as a model for other museums and cultural institutions throughout the Midwest,” said Brian Bray, president of the Association of Midwest Museums. “I applaud the Historical Society for its innovative approach to enhance the guest experience and for its efforts to make their programs accessible and relevant to everyone.”

The Indiana Experience, which opened to the public on March 20, uses interactive elements and cutting-edge technology to make time travel possible by bringing the IHS’s tremendous archival holdings to life. Ongoing elements of the Indiana Experience include You Are There, Destination Indiana, the Fortune History Lab and the Cole Porter Room. Operating hours for the Indiana Experience are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are really pleased to have this tremendous testament from our peers, which reflects the amazing efforts put forth on a regular basis by our staff, board and community advisers,” said John Herbst, president and CEO of the Indiana Historical Society. “Their commitment to hard work and attention to detail has made all the difference in the tremendous success of the Indiana Experience.”

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

 

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For more information and/or images, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org.