First Lady Will Recognize Libraries, Museums for Top Honor in White House Ceremony!

Washington DC, - Tomaquag Museum will be among 9 other national winners for the Institute of Museum and Library Service awards being honored at the White House in Washington DC on June 1st, 2016. The ceremony will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at this prestigious event. 

“We are so thrilled to be an IMLS National Medal winner and excited to celebrate this honor with the other institutional winners,” said Lorén Spears Tomaquag Museum’s Executive Director.

WHAT: On June 1 at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, will honor outstanding museums and libraries with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ten institutions from across the country will attend the White House ceremony to receive the highest award given to museums and libraries for service to the community. In addition to the museum and library directors, a member of the community of each recognized institution will participate in the ceremony and share how the institution has impacted his or her life. 

WHO: First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of Institute of Museum and Library Service, Medal Winner Institution Directors and Community Members, National Museum and Library Services Board

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: The White House, East Room. 

WHY: Celebrating theTomaquag Museum and other national winners of the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS) National Medal award

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About Tomaquag Museum

Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island’s only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of the Indigenous Peoples was established in 1958. It is a Native-led nonprofit museum. Tomaquag serves as a cultural bridge between the past, present and future as well as a facilitator between the Indigenous communities and the diverse world.Through our unique collection, lectures, tours, off-site programs, and arts & educator workshops, we educate the public regarding Native history, culture, arts, current events, and environmental issues. The Museum is visited each year by artists, researchers, students, and travelers from across the United State and throughout the world. For more information: and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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