May 8, 2013
Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Impact of
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...
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
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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This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the
Arts, a federal agency.