We're excited when we receive recognition for our work! But we know it takes our whole community to achieve the level of excellence that these awards reflect. Thank you to our community, our colleagues, and our hard working staff and volunteers!
The project has created a traveling exhibit for public display, a database of evidence-based research, and will also produce elementary and secondary teacher resource materials and a published study guide with photos, maps, documents, and sources for student use.
"With a professional staff of three people, along with help from volunteers and college interns, the Birmingham Museum is a modest-size institution that has a big impact. The museum has embraced an inclusive approach to its exhibits and programs, emphasizing people over objects in telling Birmingham’s story and attracting involved audience members. In addition to its on-site exhibits, the museum has a lively social media presence, stages off-site exhibits in public venues, hosts virtual exhibits, leads public programming for people of all ages and has a robust publications program."
State Representative Mari Manoogian presented the Birmingham Museum with a State of Michigan Legislative Tribute on August 23, 2019. The document was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilcrist II and is a testament to the museum's efforts to reach new audiences in engaging ways. The tribute references the Birmingham Museum's efforts to educate as well as entertain the public, in particular, the museum's popular Twitter(link) account. Thanks, Rep. Manoogian, and to all our visitors and supporters! We look forward to even more creative and collaborative contact in the future!
"LET IT BE KNOWN that the Birmingham Museum has since 2001 provided a top-quality educational experience to the people of Birmingham, Michigan.
The Birmingham Museum was founded in May of 2001 at the Marion and Harry Allen House and the surrounding area. It includes the oldest house in Oakland County, the 1822 John West Hunter House. The museum works to educate citizens as the history of Birmingham and the many people who have lived here. The Museum won the 2018 Michigan Museums Award for Community Engagement for its exhibit “The People of Birmingham: 200 Years of Stories.”
The Museum had previously won the 2014 Michigan Museum Association Award for “Best New Experience” for “Afternoon Backstage With Chad Smith.” That event showcased the museum’s ability to deliver creative and entertaining alternative programming to the citizens of Birmingham.
The museum must also be recognized for its amazing Twitter account, @bham_museum. This once again shows the ability of the museum to engage patrons in creative and non-traditional ways. It’s the best Twitter account of any museum around, don’t @ us.
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document and signed and dedicated to Birmingham Museum. May you continue your excellence in the fields of history and education for years to come."
For the second time in recent years, the Birmingham Museum was the recipient of an award for excellence from the Michigan Museums Association, which represents hundreds of museums large and small all over our state. In 2018, MMA introduced a new Outreach Award to recognize a museum for excellence and leadership in the museum community in the area of public engagement.
To be considered, the project or program needed to be unique, innovative, and community-driven, as was demonstrated by our year-long bicentennial exhibit, "The People of Birmingham: 200 Years of Stories."