Historic Newton Receives Highest National Recognition

Re-Accredited by American Alliance of Museums

Historic Newton has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition given to the nation’s museums.

Alliance Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum, and signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, Historic Newton is one of only 1,070 currently accredited.

“I’m so grateful to Historic Newton Director Lisa Dady and the staff who do such a tremendous job bringing excellence, incredibly high professional standards and continued innovation and improvement to the Jackson Homestead and Museum and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. These museums bring history alive, and are a real community treasure,” Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said.

Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operation. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.  The self-study and visit are then evaluated by the AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, which determines whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“The re-accreditation process gave us a chance to reflect as an organization about how we serve the public and how we care for Newton’s stories,” said Historic Newton Director Lisa Dady.

“People trust museums to tell the truth, to illuminate the past, to engage citizens, and to take the very best care of our community’s treasures. Historic Newton takes these roles seriously and we are honored that some of the best minds in American museums recognize our efforts,” she said.

Historic Newton operates two museums, the Jackson Homestead and Museum and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, and sponsors many public programs.

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.