The Orange County Regional History Center could soon be the winner of a national award. The museum was nominated for a medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for service to their community. 30 libraries and museums nationwide made the shortlist, including the OCRHC.
The 2019 National Medal recognizes a library or museum that “contributes to the wellbeing of the community.” In a press release by OCRHC, exhibits honoring the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting were cited as an example of community service.
“We very much appreciate the recognition of many hours of hard work by History Center’s staff, and their dedication to service, as we continue to work with the Pulse/One Orlando Collection,” said the museum’s director, Michael Perkins, per the release.
Another service offered to the community of Orlando are the monthly articles submitted to the Downtown Community Paper which highlight the unique history of downtown Orlando.
The awards ceremony is scheduled for June 12 in Washington, D.C., and the winner will be announced later this spring. The medal may also include a monetary award, and is decided by the director of the IMLS with input from board members, according to the IMLS website.
Community members are encouraged by the IMLS and OCRHC to share their stories about the OCRHC on social media using the hashtag #IMLSMedals and tagging the IMLS. The social media campaign runs through April 23.