The Marshall County Museum was recently honored with the Outstanding Historical Organization Award for 2014.
Museum Director Linda Rippy gave the news to the commissioners on Monday morning. Rippy said it’s a prestigious award, and the staff has worked hard in achieving that goal.
“It demonstrates the remarkable public services and programs in our community that we’ve done for them,” said Rippy. “We’re really pushing to offer more in our research library which we keep hearing is one of the best in Indiana. It has more history for Marshall County residents. People come in here and will spend days and weeks just doing research.”
She added that the success has everything to do with the staff and volunteers.
“So many times when you walk into a research department to do anything for genealogy or want to know about your local town, it’s not always met with the ability to help like we do. Sometimes you just go in there and start looking yourself. We don’t do that. We offer as much advice and help as we can.”
There is a great variety of programs at the museum. Rippy said the children’s Conductor’s Club program is new to the museum.
“For $10, they can join the conductor’s club. They get a hat, pin, a birthday card, and we’re working on for them. We’re going to have an event once a year for them. We get so many children coming in to see our trains run.”
Museum members recently attended the Indiana Historical Society to accept the award.
Picture caption: L to R: Board President Mike Miley, Karin Rettinger, Museum Director Linda Rippy, Mindy Langdon, Susan Irwin, board member Allen Shockney, and HIS Board member William Bartlet. Karin, Mindy, and Susan are museum staff.