Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

The San Joaquin County Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest recognition awarded to museums in the United States.

“Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas,” said Ford W. Bell, AAM president. “The people of San Joaquin County can take great pride in the fact that their history museum is one of America’s premier museums.”

Less than 5 percent of the nation’s museums have currently achieved accreditation by AAM. The Museum is among fifty-eight California museums of all types to earn the distinction.

The recognition by AAM confirms that all the hard work by the Museum’s small staff (four full-time, four part-time, and one temporary employee), corps of 150 dedicated volunteers, and Board of Trustees has indeed paid off. Thanks to Society members, donors, and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and staff for steadfast support.

The two senior museum professionals who spent several days observing Museum operations concluded their “Accreditation Visiting Committee Report” to the AAM Accrediting Commission with this summary:

“The San Joaquin County Historical Museum is doing an excellent job of fulfilling its stated mission with the resources it has available. In every area of its operation current best practices of the museum field are being met. The staff is dedicated, motivated, professional, and well-qualified. The museum’s board of trustees is engaged and supportive in providing strong leadership and oversight. Overall, the museum board, staff and volunteers are to be commended for their commitment to excellence excellence.”

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