Celebrating 20 Years of the National Medal

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

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May 8, 2014, 2014 Press Release: First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Event

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Mrs. Obama gives remarks in the East Room

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Nominate Your Museum or Library

The next deadline for nominations is October 15, 2014. View the complete nomination instructions and forms for more information.

 


April 24, 2014 Press Release: Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

March 3, 2014 Press Release: Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

February 18, 2014 Press Release: Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

Medal Winners and StoryCorps
Beginning with the 2009 awardees, personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. Read more

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