Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

The Stamp of Approval

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

The Stamp of Approval

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In August we received word from the American Association of Museums that the Society is now a fully accredited museum. Achieving AAM accreditation is not easy. It requires a lengthy written application and a sometimes intimidating site visit. Most important of all, it requires that an institution have all of its ducks in order, from solid governance and management structures to proper collections policies. Many institutions that apply for accreditation do not receive it. For that matter, of the 8,000 museums in the United States, only about 750 are accredited. This was our first time to apply because of the relative newness of a museum program at the Society. We came in with very high marks. The report that accompanied the notification letter makes note that:

"The VHS clearly meets the highest professional standards in its definition of its mission and its efforts to realize that mission."

"The board of the VHS is impressive. . . Particularly noteworthy [is] the trustees' clear recognition of the many changes the institution has undergone in the last decade as well as the combination of self-awareness and pride the trustees showed in the board's involvement in that change. …

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