Gatchell Museum To Celebrate Accreditation Saturday

Gatchell Museum To Celebrate Accreditation Saturday

The Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum has received the highest national recognition that a museum can be awarded by again achieving accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

The museum will be hosting a celebration for the achievement this Saturday at the museum in Buffalo.

The museum will offer free admission to the museum from 10 to 2 Saturday, and will offer free refreshments and a drawing to win a free membership for a year to the museum.
There will be a program about history and museums by Shannon Smith, Director of the Wyoming Humanities Council beginning at 10:30, followed by the formal presentation and awarding of the accreditation certificate at 11:15.

The opening of a new temporary exhibit, “A Snapshot In Time: Fort McKinney Scrapbook” will be offered Saturday as well.

According to an earlier news release from the museum, accreditation “signifies excellence...and brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.”

Museum Director Sylvia Bruner said in the release that receiving this national recognition reinforces the commitment of those at the museum to attain the highest standards, and that having an accredited museum in Buffalo speaks of the dedication of the community to achieve great things.

The Jim Gatchell Museum was initially accredited in 2002.
All museums must undergo a re-accreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.
The Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is one of only six museums accredited in Wyoming.

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