NORMAN — The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has been named a National Medal for Museum and Library Science finalist, museums officials said.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services salutes institutions annually that make significant differences for individuals, families and communities. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries.
“The Sam Noble museum is proud to be included in the company of such outstanding museums and libraries. The museum staff work hard every day for the people of Oklahoma, and it is good to have our efforts recognized at a national level,” museum Director Michael Mares said.
Thirty museums and libraries were named as medal finalists. Ten will be selected as medal winners. The winners are expected to be announced in late April.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Past winners have included the Boston Children’s Museum; the Columbus, Ohio, Museum of Art; the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss.; and the Discovery Science Museum in Santa Ana, Calif.
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