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Osceola County Historical Society Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program


The Osceola County Historical Society has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.  Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the Osceola County Historical Society to better serve the citizens of Osceola County by facilitating and meeting its exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field. The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The Osceola County Historical Society has chosen to do a MAP organizational assessment in order to prepare for accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums, assess their current policies and procedures, and to improve their ability to raise funds for general operations of the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum and the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek; and specific programs such as our student field trips, Traveling Trunks, and Art in the Archives. “The Historical Society is constantly striving for excellence in the museum field and in serving our community. Participating in the MAPS program will allow us to take an in-depth look at our organization to keep us on the path to excellence.” said Donnita Dampier, OCHS Executive Director.

“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of Osceola County Historical Society,” said Laura Lott, president of AAM. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”

Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 4,600 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between AAM and IMLS. For more information, including a complete list of museums participating in MAP, please visit www.aam-us.org/map, call 202-289-9118 or e-mail map@aam-us.org.

AAM is the only organization representing the nation’s entire museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum field for over 100 years. For more information about AAM, visit www.aam-us.org. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov.

The Osceola County Historical Society collects and preserves the county’s history, and provides educational, research and recreational opportunities to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area’s cultural and natural heritage through museum displays, demonstrations, interpretive programs, and special events for residents and visitors.

For more information, visit osceolahistory.org.