The American Association of Museums recently re-accredited the Northern Michigan Mackinac State Historic Parks system as one of the best in the United States. Only 774 museums of the estimated 17,500 in the United States have been accredited.
The Mackinac State Historic Parks was initially accredited in 1973 and has since received four such awards, a milestone achieved by only 41 institutions, or 5 percent of the accredited museums in the United States. The re-accreditation award recognizes the parks’ stewardship of historic properties and resources, its accessibility for all and its outstanding educational exhibits and interpretive efforts.
The Mackinac State Historic Parks consists of Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park and Historic Downtown on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in Mackinaw City. History comes alive at these Straits of Mackinac sites for thousands of visitors every year.
"It (Mackinac State Historic Parks) struck us as the sort of place people would want to come back to often after visiting for the first time," the visiting American Association of Museums committee wrote in its report.
"Other, comparable museums have much to learn from these efforts of MSHP," the report concluded.
from the Petoskey News-Review, "Congratulations to Mackinac State Historic Parks", Jan 22, 2008- see FAIR USE NOTICE
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