News Release 240

Missouri State Museum Receives Heritage Advocate Award

Volume 39-240 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JULY 11, 2011-- The Missouri State Museum has received the Heritage Advocate Award in recognition of its innovative project to educate the public about the importance of appropriate care of historic collections.

The award is sponsored by Heritage Preservation, a national nonprofit organization, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency. The Missouri State Museum, part of the Missouri state park system, is one of two organizations to receive the award.

At the State Museum, staff turned the need to find a new storage facility for its collection into an opportunity for improvement. The new space in a converted warehouse is a big improvement in providing a safe environment for the collection. The staff used the need to move the collection to educate decision-makers and stakeholders about conservation and collections care. When the new facility opened, the museum hosted an event at the site and invited donors, and representatives from state, county and city government as well as local businesses. With a focus on collections care activities, staff engaged their guests with custom-made posters, conversation and hands-on features. The event improved awareness and has sparked significant results.

The Heritage Advocate Awards are part of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a multi-faceted national initiative of the IMLS. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the institute, visit imls.gov.

Heritage Preservation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural, historic and scientific heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists the museums, libraries, archives, organizations and individuals that care for our endangered heritage. To learn more, visit heritagepreservation.org.

The Missouri State Museum is located in the State Capitol and is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, contact the museum office at 573- 751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

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