Cincinnati Museum Center getting national award

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is getting a big award this week.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will present the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Cincinnati Museum Center on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C.

Cincinnati Museum Center was one of 10 institutions named as recipients of the award in October 2009. The honor is the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries that make "extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions."

Attending the events to accept the award on Cincinnati Museum Center's behalf are institution President/CEO Douglass McDonald and community member Faith Anne Brown.

"I have long loved Cincinnati's Union Terminal, and remember when the Cincinnati Museum Center was created to occupy the magnificent Art Deco icon of Cincinnati," said U.S. Senator George Voinovich. "What a fabulous journey that Cincinnati Museum Center has had from those early days after the merger of the Cincinnati Historical Society and Natural History Museum, to now serving more than 1.3 million visitors each year! I just visited the Museum Center in April and was particularly impressed. The Center is a phenomenal asset to the community, helping the region's students better appreciate and understand science and its role in the world around them. This IMLS award is icing on the cake for an institution that so many Cincinnatians know and love."

Fellow U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown concurs with Voinovich's statement.

"I'm pleased to join in celebrating Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal as the 2009 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service Award. The museum's resources serve as a window into our history as city, state, and nation," said Brown. "I'm proud to recognize Cincinnati Museum Center's outstanding contribution to the cultural education and inspiration of the Greater Cincinnati Community."

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