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Museum recognized for community outreach

2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:05 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Children’s Museum was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

It is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries.

“It’s been really exciting for our staff not only in Jackson but in Meridian too. We’ve been serving our community before the doors even opened and Jackson has been doing it for 10 years now, so it’s really been a nod to all the work we’ve been doing in the community,” said The Mississippi Children’s Museum Marketing coordinator, Rebecca Parker.

The children’s museum has also extended its reach nationwide.

“One of those biggest contributions we’ve done to our community is opening the first satellite museum of the Mississippi Children’s Museum. We launched MCM at home, which allows families to access videos and activity worksheets. We’ve also been able to distribute our playbooks statewide during the pandemic.” said Parker.

MCM is the only children’s museum to be selected for the IMLS award this year.

The Meridian location has received 13,000 guests from 17 different states and people from 52 of the 82 counties in Mississippi since its March opening day.

“I love coming here because I get to play with my cousins and see them have fun and make crafts. Just watching them run around, have fun and playing with them and getting to spend more time with them,” said MCM visitor, Ainsley.”

“I also look forward to playing with those balls and shooting those planes there the hoops. And I also usually like hanging out with my friends there because I see my friends there a lot. It’s the most fun place in the history of places,” said MCM visitor Reese Gresett.

MCM said this is a huge accomplishment and a great honor for the state.

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