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McLean County Museum of History Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence
Bloomington IL—May 2020—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced that the McLean County Museum of History is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the Extending Excellence Campaign. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The McLean County Museum of History, to fulfill its long-range plan, established four goals: 1) Install a new 5,000-square-foot exhibit Challenges, Choices, and Change in four galleries explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County, replacing an aged and worn installation. 2) Significantly expand the use of digital technology to serve broader learning styles and communication formats. 3) Increase educational program delivery throughout our community, as school travel budgets are constrained, and many adults are physically unable to reach us. 4) Strengthen our endowment to secure these capacities. The resources needed to achieve these goals were provided through generous and broad private support.

The importance of the museum’s new capacities, which resulted in this project, is witnessed in its ability to continue to serve our community during the pandemic. It has moved much of its programming to digital and virtual platforms, serving schools and the people of our community alike.