The Greensboro Historical Museum is proud to announce that it has been granted Affiliate status by the Smithsonian Institution. Gaining Affiliate status continues ongoing efforts to serve Greensboro and Piedmont Triad residents, as participating museums are encouraged to integrate Smithsonian collections into their exhibitions, educational initiatives and research programs.
In addition to borrowing objects from the Smithsonian’s collections, Affiliates can take advantage of superb outreach services including traveling exhibitions, lectures and programs, workshops, and even Smithsonian staff expertise in exhibit development, conservation, and collections care.
Smithsonian Affiliations has established partnerships with 150 museums and other organizations across the country since the program was established in 1996. “We are pleased and excited that we have met the high standards required to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, and it creates great opportunities to better serve the public,” said Director Fred Goss. “We look forward to a long relationship that the Affiliate status will bring and access to the nation’s premier museum.
The Greensboro Historical Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1984, was accepted into the Affiliation program after submitting an application in the summer of 2006. “This affiliation and distinction by museum experts verifies what many of us in Greensboro and North Carolina have known for a long time,that our museum is worthy and in the top tier of those in other communities,” commented Ned Cline, president of the membership organization known as Greensboro Historical Museum Inc.. “We are pleased with the deserved recognition because it will help us spread the word of the many benefits we have to offer and allow others to learn of our strengths.
The museum, a facility of the City of Greensboro, is located downtown at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Lindsay Street. The Greensboro Historical Museum, Incorporated, a membership organization open to all interested persons, was founded in 1924. The museum welcomes all visitors with no admission charge, and is open daily except Mondays and City of Greensboro holidays. For more information, visit www.greensborohistory.org.