State Museums and Heritage Organizations Receive Awards

(Peterboro, NY – March 2012) The work of Milton C. Sernett, Ph.D., was recognized recently for his work with the National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro. Sernett received a certificate of commendation for individual achievement from Museumwise (formerly Upstate History Alliance) in Oneonta.

Museumwise recently announced the winners of its 2011 Awards of Merit. These awards are handed out annually by Museumwise to recognize outstanding work in the museum community, reward staff and volunteers, and provide encouragement for development of new and innovative projects.

A total of 17 projects, ranging from exhibitions to educational programs, received recognition; six of these received an Award of Merit, the highest honor, given to institutions or individuals whose projects represent outstanding contributions to the field and overall innovation and excellence.

The remaining 11 projects received a Certificate of Commendation for excellence within the context of available means and regional standards.

Museumwise is a non-profit organization which provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions.

Each year its Award of Merit program recognizes exceptional and innovative projects in the museum and history community such as exhibitions, collections care projects, heritage tourism, history publications and websites. Awards nominations were submitted in December and reviewed by a panel of professionals who work in the museum field.

This year’s Awards will be presented to winners at a special reception in Albany April 22.

A full list of this year’s Award winners and project descriptions is also available on the Museumwise website at; for more information on the Museumwise Awards program, call (800)-895-1648 or email

By martha

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