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COCHRAN COMMENDS LYNN MEADOWS DISCOVERY CENTER ON PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

Gulfport Children’s Museum Receives Nation’s Highest Award for Museums and Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today congratulated the many hard-working staff and volunteers at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children in Gulfport on receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor given to American museums and libraries.

The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is one of only 10 institutions nationwide to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The award recognizes museums and libraries for exceptional service to their communities.

“This is a well-deserved honor for the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. This museum serves as a valuable community resource in Gulfport and throughout South Mississippi,” said Cochran, who recommended the Gulfport museum for the award. “I hope this award will fuel the museum’s drive to continue to inspire and educate young people on the Gulf Coast for many more years.”

The 10 recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this June.

Opened in 1998, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children was the first children’s museum in Mississippi. The non-profit museum is dedicated to inspiring children, families and communities through interactive educational experiences and exploration.

4/19/16