Each year, select museums and libraries with outstanding records of community service receive the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. 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.
2014 National Medal Winner North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
"I knew I was different from other girls my age, and I knew that I was different from you."
Ann Smith and her daughter, Karen Linehan, reminisce about Karen's childhood, her love of nature from a young age, and how Ann fostered that love. Karen is a now naturalist with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and an elementary school teacher in Wilmington, NC. Ann served on the board of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Listen to their story here:
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