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Super Museum Weekend Planned

Maier Museum one of several in area participating in national event

5/16/2006 9:44:22 AM


LYNCHBURG, VA.— 2006 is The Year of the Museum, and institutions across the country are celebrating 100 years of museums in American life. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the American Association of Museums, The Year of the Museum is a national effort dedicated to celebrating the rich variety of museums in America, their contributions to civic and cultural life and the unique, personal experiences museums offer visitors each and every day.

The Lynchburg Area Museum Professionals group (LAMP), a newly formed consortium of individuals representing museums, cultural organizations, and historic sites in the greater Lynchburg region is joining in the national celebration by hosting “Super Museum Weekend” events May 20-21, 2006. Participating organizations will offer free or reduced admission, and some will offer gift shop discounts. Visitors to the participating museums, cultural organizations, and historic sites can participate in a summer-long “passport” program. When they have their passports stamped, visitors to six or more LAMP organizations between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be eligible in for a commemorative prize drawing. LAMP also plans to host a special speaker in the early autumn.

“We have so many wonderful cultural and historic organizations in this area,” notes Karol Lawson, director of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a member of LAMP, “that it is appropriate for us as a group to call attention to the substantial contributions that museums make to the life of the community. We are proud to celebrate the AAM’s 100th anniversary and to share our organizations’ many accomplishments with our friends and neighbors.” Douglas Harvey, director of the Lynchburg Museum System and also a member of LAMP notes that “Museums can maximize their community service and use of resources when they plan and work together. The American Association of Museums has been nurturing that view for 100 years now and the Super Museum Weekend planned by LAMP is a manifestation of that philosophy.”

“2006 is AAM’s centennial year and a time to celebrate America’s museums and the enduring value of these institutions to communities, the nation, and the world, said Edward H. Able, Jr., President & CEO of the American Association of Museums. “During the Year of the Museum, we want to encourage everyone in the Lynchburg region to experience, cherish, and support its many museums and cultural sites.”

As the national service organization representing the American museum community, the American Association of Museums’ mission is to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy and service. Since its founding in 1906, AAM has grown to more than 19,800 members, including more than 13,500 individual members, 3,100 corporate members, and more than 2,800 museums.

On April 6 the United States Senate passed S.Res.437, supporting the goals and ideals of the Year of the Museum. This resolution is a companion resolution to H.Res.389 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 8. In introducing S.Res.437 and urging his colleagues to support the resolution, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) remarked on the Senate floor that S.Res.437 should be passed in honor of “the vital role museums play in the fabric of our American culture.”

In conjunction with these observations, LAMP requested that the mayor of Lynchburg recognize area institutions with a resolution acknowledging the important contributions that they make to the quality of life in Central Virginia. Vice Mayor Joan Foster presented a proclamation to that effect to LAMP representatives at the May 9 Lynchburg City Council meeting.

Mort Sajadian, director of Amazement Square, The Rightmire Child

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