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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 5, 1995
                       THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE WORK

The President and First Lady today recognized four museums for their outstanding work in our nation's communities. In a ceremony at the White House, the First Lady presented the national Award for museum Service to the Brooklyn Children's Museum in Brooklyn, New York; the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, Illinois; the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont and the Wing Lauke Asian Museum in Seattle, Washington.

"This national honor is a tribute to the power of museums to engage children, families and communities, in towns and cities all across America," said the President.

Added the First Lady, "These museums use the wealth of their collections and scholarly expertise to address real community concerns. We celebrate their impressive achievements and extend our deepest thanks for their success in using history, science, and art to effect positive change."

The National Award for Museum Service honors museums that demonstrate an institutional commitment to public services with innovative programs that address educational, social, economic or environmental issues. This award marks the second time that a national award will recognize museums that are central to the life of their communities.

Today's recipients were selected by the institute of Museum Service and the National Museum Services Board from over 90 nominations. The Institute of Museum Services is an independent agency established to increase and improve museum services. The institute makes grants to all types of museums, urban, and rural, throughout the United States.