The Orange County Regional History Center has been awarded the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award honors museums and libraries for their service to the community and was announced on May 7.
When the History Center was nominated, exhibits honoring the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting were cited in a press release as an example of community service. 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 Community Paper reported in April that the History Center and Orlando Science Center both made the shortlist of 30 organizations nationwide nominated for the award by the Institute of Museum and Library Service. The History Center will be presented with the National Medal on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Below is the full list of winners of the award:
- Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library (Sequim, Washington)
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
- New Haven Free Public Library (New Haven, Connecticut)
- Gulfport Public Library (Gulfport, Florida)
- Meridian Library District (Meridian, Idaho)
- Barona Band of Mission Indians – Barona Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, California)
- New Children’s Museum (San Diego, California)
- Orange County Regional History Center (Orlando, Florida)
- National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, Tennessee)
- South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, South Carolina)