Tuckerton Seaport is Finalist for National Award

Feb 26, 2015

The Tuckerton Seaport, a maritime village and folk life center in Tuckerton, is one of 30 finalists for one of 10 national medals given each year for outstanding museum or library community services. According to The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries to celebrate institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

“The 2015 National Medal finalists have made real and lasting contributions to their local communities through programs that engage and inspire the public,” said Maura Marx, acting director of IMLS. “These institutions serve as trusted providers of educational resources, skills development and civic engagement. We salute these museums and libraries, which play a key role in shaping our future by providing boundless opportunities for lifelong learning.”

Tuckerton Seaport Deputy Director Brooke Salvanto said everyone at the Seaport is excited about the possibility of receiving one of the medals that First Lady Michelle Obama will bestow on the chosen 10 during a ceremony to be announced this spring.

“One hundred and fifty institutions from across the country applied, and 15 museums and 15 libraries were chosen as finalists. Out of that, they will select 10 to get the medal and a $5,000 grant.

“We were nominated for our Post-Sandy community service programs to help the area rebuild,” said Salvanto, who added the Seaport was nominated by the Jacques Cousteau Estaurine Research Reserve, a research facility dedicated to preserving the bay shoreline. JCNERRS maintains its “Life on the Edge” exhibit on the top floor of the Seaport’s visitors center. “We appreciate the recognition from people we admire the most,” said Salvanto.

Just being nominated also gives the Seaport national attention and opens the doors for them to apply for other funding programs.

The Seaport and IMLS are encouraging those who have visited the Seaport to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To share your story, visit facebook.com/USIMLS.

“We often get photos, comments and videos from people who have visited the Seaport, and we love that,” said Salvanto. “We’d also love it if they would share them with the IMLS committee. It might have an effect on our chances.”

The other 2015 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Museums – Amazement Square in Lynchburg, Va.; Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif.; Children’s Museum of Brownsville in Texas; Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass.; Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans; Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff; Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami; Nantucket Historical Association in Massachusetts; New York Hall of Science in Queens; Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif.; The Strong in Rochester, N.Y.; Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas; and Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Libraries include Brooklyn Public Library; Cecil County Public Library in Elkton, Md.; Craig Public Library in Craig, Alaska; Embudo Valley Library and Community Center in Dixon, N.M.; Illinois Fire Service Institute Library in Champaign, Ill.; Los Angeles Public Library; Madison Public Library, Wisconsin; Mid-Columbia Libraries in Kennewick, Wash.; Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, N.Y.; Phoenix Public Library; Terrebonne Parish Library in Houma, La.; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City; The Westport Library Association Inc., Connecticut; Tulsa City-County Library, Oklahoma; University of North Texas Libraries’ Portal to Texas History in Denton, Texas.

To learn more about the 2015 National Medal finalists, visit imls.gov/medals.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. IMLS’ mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit imls.gov or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

— Pat Johnson



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