APPLETON – The History Museum at the Castle’s latest exhibit, “Asylum: Out of the Shadows,” has been recognized for excellence on state and national levels.
The exhibit, which tackles the topic of mental health through the history of the Outagamie County Asylum, has received the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 2017 Exhibit Award, as well as 2017 Award of Merit from the Leadership in History Awards committee of the American Association for State and Local History. The exhibit was evaluated based on its historical quality, audience reach, design and innovation of topic and its presentation.
The WHS Exhibit Award is presented to only two institutions each year. Brian Thompson, administrator, division of museums and historic sites, said the nomination was the best the Board of Curators has seen in a long time and that the History Museum has “raised the bar.” The Board of Curators voted unanimously in favor of giving the award to the exhibit.
The AASLH Leadership in History Awards is “the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history.” Each year it honors several projects from around the United States for innovative initiatives.
Appleton Post Crescent June 7, 2017