Adirondack History Center Given Award of Merit

Worked Wild exhibit

ELIZABETHTOWN, NY - The Essex County Historical Society's Worked/Wild exhibit at the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown has been given an Award of Merit, the highest honor given by "Museumwise," a statewide museum organization. The award is presented annually for projects that represent innovation and excellence and offer outstanding contributions to the field. Community members worked together with museum staff in developing the Worked/Wild exhibit to reflect the people, the environment, and the social structure of Essex County and the Adirondacks. The exhibit contains multimedia and interactive features with photographs, paintings, memoirs, objects, and videos.

Museumwise (formerly Upstate History Alliance) in Oneonta, NY presented this year's Awards of Merit to winners at a special reception in Albany on April 22nd to recognize outstanding work in the museum community, reward staff and volunteers, and provide encouragement for development of new and innovative projects. A total of seventeen projects from around the State, ranging from exhibitions to educational programs, received recognition with six receiving Awards of Merit and eleven projects received Certificates of Commendation.

In addition to the Worked/Wild exhibition, five projects received Awards of Merit: Plowline: Images of Rural New York, The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY; Got Class? Status and Power in Early America program series, Historic Cherry Hill and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany, NY; Historic House Festival, Historic House Trust of New York City, Inc., New York, NY; Erie Canal Museum ArtsWeek Outdoor Projects, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY; Tara Fracalossi, Individual Achievement; The Teaching Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY, Troy, NY. A full list of this year's Award winners and project descriptions is available on the Museumwise website, www.museumwise.org.

Museumwise is a non-profit organization which provides resources, training and expertise to New York's heritage organizations and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions. Each year its Award of Merit program recognizes exceptional and innovative projects in the museum and history community such as exhibitions, collections care projects, heritage tourism, history publications, and websites. For more information on the Museumwise Awards program, contact Museumwise at (800)-895-1648; info@museumwise.org.

The Adirondack History Center Museum opens for the season on Saturday, May 26. The museum is open every day from 10am – 5pm. To get a peek at the Worked/Wild Exhibit and other exhibits online; visit www.adkhistorycenter.org or "like us" on facebook. The museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, phone 518-873-6466 or email echs@adkhistorycenter.org.

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Worked/Wild Photo credit: Jenifer Kuba