On May 18th, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Lynchburg’s Amazement Square. The children museum’s president and chief executive officer, Mort Sajadian, and pastor Shirley Hunter accepted the award in Washington.
“Receiving the National Medal is a tremendous honor for our museum and the people who work to create our unique environment. We continuously respond to the needs of our community and strive to make it the best place for hands-on learning,” said Sajadian. “This distinction is a testament to the exceptional dedication and passion from our staff, board of directors, volunteers and supporting community—past and present.”
The national medal is awarded to museums and libraries that offer outstanding programs and services that far exceed community outreach expectations. Amazement Square was selected from 30 finalists and was one of 10 museums and libraries that were distinguished at the White House.
The Office of Economic Development’s Director, Marjette Upshur, travelled to Washington alongside Amazement Square to represent the city.
“It is incredible to know that Amazement Square is one of only a handful of museums that have received this prestigious award, standing side by side with organizations in cities that are much bigger and have many more resources,” said Marjette Upshur, director of the Lynchburg Office of Economic Development. “What a wonderful ceremony to remind us how important museums and libraries are to the revitalization of cities, bridging cultural divides and bringing the arts and sciences to all. This amazing institution reaches far beyond Lynchburg.”
Congratulations, Amazement Square!