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Delta Blues Advisory

May 8, 2013


DELTA BLUES MUSEUM TO RECEIVE NATIONAL MEDAL
TODAY IN WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY

Celebration Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Impact of Mississippi Museum

For Immediate Release

CLARKSDALE, MS (May 8, 2013) - This afternoon, in a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Delta Blues Museum. The nationís highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Museum Director Shelley Ritter and community member Travis Calvin will accept the National Medal.

The 2013 National Medal Ceremony will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT. and official event photos will be distributed immediately following.

Read the full press release and fact sheet online...

White-House-Ceremony-2013

National-Medal-For-Museum-and-Library-Service.pdf

About the Delta Blues Museum

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest music museum. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the Blues. The Museum's current DEEPER ROOTS campaign seeks $1.2 million for new and enhanced exhibits for Phase II of its expansion--which includes the new Muddy Waters Addition--enabling the Museum to better preserve and display the history and work of Blues artists from the Mississippi Delta, and advancing the Museum's ability to "tell" stories that inspire and educate future generations about this important American art form. Find out more at www.deltabluesmuseum.org/deeperroots.asp.

For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

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Shelley Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and,
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.