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Government Doubles Official Estimate: There Are 35,000 Active Museums in the U.S.

“The U.S. agency that is the primary source of federal funding for the nation’s museums and libraries today released a new estimate of the number of active museums in the United States. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that there are 35,144 museums in the U.S., more than double the agency’s working estimate of 17,500 from the 1990s.” (via IMLS.)

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By Digitizing Images, Museum Opens a Window Into the Past

“Fully a century before Sarah Palin declared that Alaska was “just right over the border” from Russia, an expedition fielded by the American Museum of Natural History in New York sought to prove that the first people to reach the Americas had indeed migrated across the frozen Bering Strait. Thousands of glass plate negatives of that expedition will be made available online on Monday, as the museum launches an archival digital special collections database to give researchers, students and laymen alike access to a trove of photographs, lantern slides, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters and memorabilia that provide a rare backstage view of its exhibits and explorations, much of it previously unavailable to the public.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

“Earlier this month I had the honor of representing IMLS in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to share cutting-edge research that will shape the future of education. The theme of the meeting was The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy. At the meeting, I presented some of the research we have been working on examining the influence of libraries and museums on early learning. This analysis provides insight into the differences between children who visit museums and those who don’t, including academic achievement.” (via UpNext: The IMLS Blog)

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Va library-turned-museum gives life to history

“When the front door of 804 South Street first opened in the segregated world of 1945, it offered black citizens access to a library. When that door opens this month, today’s generation will revisit that time and understand what it meant for Portsmouth’s black community. The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum, 10 years in the making, opens Dec. 22 with an exhibit titled “Forever Free: Portsmouth Stories of African-American Strivings and Successes.” The library-turned-museum could be one of those stories — as could the woman who headed up its creation.” (>via AP)

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IMLS Announces Effort to Strengthen State Museum Associations

The American Alliance of Museums, working in cooperation with IMLS, will explore capacity-building strategies for state museum associations to better serve local museums. Throughout the United States, 45 museum associations help museums in their states to provide lifelong learning experiences and preserve and interpret cultural, artistic, and scientific heritage. For many museums, especially for small museums and museums in remote areas, these state museum associations play a significant role in providing technical assistance, professional development opportunities and more.” (via IMLS)

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