On May 8, 2013, in a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 museums and libraries from across the country, including the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. The Delta Blues Museum is a recipient of multiple program grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council, including funding for a current project entitled “From the Archives,” in which portions of the museum’s collection have been digitized and incorporated into public programs led by blues scholars.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.
This year’s honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a science center, children’s museum, music museum, art museum, cultural museum, public libraries and county library systems, from seven states. The 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients are:
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, Mass.
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Miss.
Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, Calif.
Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, Iowa
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio
Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan, Ill.
Read more about the Delta Blues Museum award here.
Photo: Left to right: Travis Calvin, Shelley Ritter and Mrs. Obama.