2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Winners Announced

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After all that potentially-troubling economic news, let’s now turn to a far more happy place: the White House. But no, not for anything related to finance or poorly-perceived governing. Instead, the winners of the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service have been announced, and their recipients will receive the medals next Tuesday in a ceremony led by Laura Bush (just like she does at the National Design Awards). The list is always filled with really interesting winners, particularly in the museum category (though we are proud to see that the Skokie Public Library took home a win). This time around, they include such places as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana (if you didn’t know, General Lew Wallace, among many other things, was a lawyer, a general in the Civil War, and he wrote Ben Hur). It’s a positive thing to read, particularly in these gloomy times, seeing that there’s still some good out there being done somewhere (extra-particularly if you really like General Lew Wallace or Buffalo Bill).