is the 'Year of the Museum'
encouraged to visit and appreciate local cultural attractions
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[AUG. 21, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Association of
Museums has applauded Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich for proclaiming 2006
to be the "Year of the Museum" in Illinois and encourages residents
of this state to visit local cultural attractions and appreciate
what they do for our communities.
"We thank Governor Blagojevich for helping us draw attention to the
contributions the more than 1,000 museums, historical and
genealogical societies, zoos, nature centers, arboreta, and other
cultural agencies make to our state," said Mary Turner, executive
director of the Illinois Association of Museums. "Museums enhance
the quality of life in our communities and reinforce the lessons
taught by our educational institutions."
The state association
notes that museums contribute to the economic vitality of Illinois,
with Chicago museums hosting more visitors per year than all of the
city's major sporting events combined. These institutions employ
thousands of people, provide unique and affordable educational
experiences, and foster a sense of pride in our heritage and
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In May 2007 the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago will
host the 101st national meeting of the American Association of
Museums. The national association and the U.S. Congress have
proclaimed 2006 the "Year of the Museum" in the United States.
For a list of museums and cultural agencies in Illinois, visit
The Illinois Association of Museums is an independent, statewide
organization of museums and historical societies. It operates with
support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
[News release from the
Illinois Association of Museums]