2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


Conner Prairie is proud to be a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This award recognizes institutions for outstanding social, educational, environmental or economic contributions to their communities. Conner Prairie is only the second living history museum ever to receive this honor.

“Conner Prairie’s highest goal is to remain relevant to guests and the community and to provide an environment of shared learning that is meaningful for everyone involved both during their visit and afterwards,” says Conner Prairie President and Chief Executive Officer Ellen M. Rosenthal. “We are thrilled to receive this tremendous recognition for what we do each day. This award is a tribute to our staff, board and volunteers; they always put the community first,” further states Rosenthal.

U.S. Representative Dan Burton (IN-05) nominated Conner Prairie for this award. He says, "Conner Prairie continues to build its great reputation as a place for learning and fun for children of all ages. Whether you're visiting to learn about early American history, take in a concert at Symphony on the Prairie, or enjoy the 1859 Balloon Voyage, the memories last a lifetime. To earn such a distinguished award speaks very highly to the efforts made by Conner Prairie."

On December 17, 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Conner Prairie at the White House. Ellen Rosenthal, Chairman of the Board of Directors Chris Cooke and Indy Reads volunteer Randy French attended this special ceremony.

Conner Prairie is honored to share the distinction of this award with the other recipients of the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service:

•    Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum
     Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
•    Mississippi Museum of Art
     Jackson, MS
•    Japanese American National Museum
     Los Angeles, CA
•    The New York Botanical Garden
     Bronx, NY
•    Rangeview Library District
     Thornton, CO
•    Peter White Public Library
     Marquette, MI
•    West Bloomfield Township Public Library
     West Bloomfield, MI
•    Patchogue-Medford Library
     Patchogue, NY
•    Nashville Public Library
     Nashville, TN