October 28, 2015
The Greensboro Historical Museum recently received an Honorable Mention Award at the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) for the film This is My Home Now. This documentary explores the lives of three Montagnard families who fled their homelands in Southeast Asia to forge a new future in Greensboro.
Dozens of museums from Florida to Virginia submitted nominations in seven different Technology Categories, including Media Productions.
Jon Zachman, Curator of Collections at the Museum, traveled to Jacksonville, FL to receive the award on behalf of the museum. “It was a great honor to be recognized by colleagues and peers from twelve states in the southeast region,” remarked Zachman.
In addition to the documentary film, which aired on UNC-TV in April 2015, the museum was also recognized earlier this year for a new exhibition Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories.
The North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) presented the Award of Excellence in Exhibition Design to the Greensboro Historical Museum at its annual meeting in Durham. Created and designed in collaboration with the community, the Warnersville exhibit focuses on the history of the first planned African American community in Greensboro. It utilizes oral history interviews and multimedia to share the experiences and recollections of life in the Warnersville Community.
Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart and James “Yogi” Griffin, President of the Warnersville Coalition, attended the awards luncheon to receive the award. More than a dozen museums across the Tar Heel State competed in the exhibition category. The award is now displayed at the entrance to the Warnersville exhibition.