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Taking Big Steps at the Museum

September 22, 2014

By Melissa Heintz
Public Affairs Specialist, IMLS

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis was one of 10 winners of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Community member Spencer Hahn traveled with President & CEO Jeffrey Patchen to Washington D.C.  this past May to accept the award.

Erica Hahn had been told by doctors that her son, Spencer, suffered a stroke in utero that destroyed the left side of his brain. After years of being told that he would never walk or talk, something magical happened at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It was at the museum that Spencer reached developmental milestones, like speaking his first words and taking his first steps. “Out of nowhere, he says, ‘Mama,’ and I can’t even tell you the emotion,” said Erica. The museum is at the forefront of creating learning experiences with the power to transform the lives of children and families. Spencer continues to visit the museum and learns about other cultures, history, science, and to visit his favorite green dinosaur, Rex.

Do you know of a museum or library that has made a difference? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 National Medal. Nomination Forms must be mailed and postmarked by October 15, 2014.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service