Hayes Presidential Library & Museums wins prestigious national award

 The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums was recently honored with a prestigious national award for its preservation and interpretation of state and local history during its centennial in 2016.

The American Association of State and Local History gave HPLM a Leadership in History Award on Sept. 8 during the AASLH conference in Austin, Texas.

“It’s such an honor to have national recognition for our centennial projects,” said Christie Weininger, HPLM executive director.

The centennial included the grand Centennial Celebration during Memorial Day weekend 2016 and Hayes family reunion, the museum’s $1.8 million renovation and all-new exhibits and other programs HPLM offered in celebration of its centennial.

“The organization’s centennial in 2016 was the catalyst for transformational change, providing the opportunity to redesign 8,000 square feet of exhibit space, make repairs, add accessibility features and increase the museum’s presence in their town,” according to AASLH. “This comprehensive revitalization and rebranding of the nation’s first presidential library sets an important precedent for relevance and continual re-evaluation of mission and audience.”

HPLM staff members Weininger; Kathy Boukissen, director of development; Dustin McLochlin, curator; and Kevin Moore, associate curator of artifacts, attended the conference and received the award on behalf of HPLM.

“The Leadership in History Awards are AASLH’s highest distinction and the winners represent the best in the field,” said Trina Nelson Thomas, AASLH awards chairman.

The awards are meant to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. These awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field.

AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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