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Museum aims for AAM accreditation, receives two grants

The Heritage Preservation Organization of Washington, D.C., awarded a $3,490 grant to the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, which paid for a Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) review. The museum’s last CAP review was in 1997, a report that indicated the museum was lacking in all areas. With ATSU’s help, the museum has made necessary improvements in all areas.

The latest CAP assessment shows that the museum is doing outstanding work and is a model for other museums. It has a qualified staff, provides important research globally, has excellent preservation policies, collection care, adequate space and storage, and meets the expectations to make its collection of osteopathic material available to both national and international audiences.

In light of the stringent requirements from its professional organization, the American Association of Museums (AAM), the museum has done exceedingly well and is on a solid path to meet the expectations for AAM accreditation – the highest recognition that a museum can achieve.

Additionally, the museum recently received a $142,776 grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The museum and its International Center for Osteopathic History will now start the next phase of its categorization and cataloging of artifacts as they move toward a uniform inventory of their Osteopathic Heritage collection.

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