Mahoning Valley Historical Society Renews Accreditation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society has once again been awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded to the nation’s museums, the organization announced today.

Accreditation signifies a level of excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the public. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society administers the Arms Family Museum on Wick Avenue and the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center downtown.

The Arms Family Museum was first accredited in 1977 and the process this year included the Tyler Center, the society said. All museums must undergo a review every 10 years to keep their accreditation status.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chose to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, in a release. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

Of the country’s 33,000 museums, roughly 1,070 are accredited. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is one of 149 museums accredited in Ohio.

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