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History Center Finalist for 2019 IMLS Award

Institute of Museum and Library Services finalist

Central Floridians encouraged to “Share Your Story” on social media in March

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando is among the 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

“The 30 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.”

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the History Center to share their stories on social media. To share your story, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS or www.twitter.com/us_imls and use #IMLSmedals.

National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal award ceremony on June 12 in Washington, D.C.

A component of the History Center’s recent community service involves its response to the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub in June 2016 and the leadership role staff have played nationally in helping other museums respond to such events.

“We very much appreciate the recognition of many hours of hard work by History Center’s staff, and their dedication to service, as we continue to work with the Pulse/One Orlando Collection,” said the museum’s director, Michael Perkins. “This recognition will help us continue to work in our community to encourage meaningful dialogue and strengthen our resolve to be a leader in the museum field regarding contemporary and rapid-response collecting.”

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website at www.imls.gov.

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