Iowa museums celebrate Governor’s Proclamation of Iowa Museum Week!

Written by Theresa Rose on June 8, 2015

Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed June 8-14, 2015 as Iowa Museum Week. In making the proclamation, the Governor said “Iowa’s museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric, natural resources, and memory of our state through the careful stewardship of art, artifacts, archives, the built environment, flora and fauna, and historic sites. Museums provide educational resources and programs which provide learning opportunities for all ages. Iowa’s museums contribute to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, industry attraction, and worker retention; the purchase of goods and services; and as leading visitor destinations attracting tourism revenue to their community and the state.” Governor Branstad encouraged the citizens of the state of Iowa to celebrate Iowa Museum Week by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.
Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director of the Iowa Museum Association, said, “We appreciate the Governor’s proclamation. Iowa Museum Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the role of museums in Iowa’s communities, not just as stewards of the state’s resources and memory, but as educators and non-profit businesses.”
Sweet went on to say, “Museums are vital to a healthy local and state economy. Not only are they employers and consumers of goods and services, in addition The National Governors Association has reported that businesses that relocate factor in access to cultural resources and museums. Communities wishing to attract new business and industry invest in and support their cultural infrastructure.”
The American Alliance of Museums reports that the nonprofit arts and cultural industry annually generates over $135 billion in economic activity, supporting more than 4.1 million full-time jobs and returning over $22 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue.
Sweet noted, “Museums are important partners in life-long education.” Iowa’s museums offer over 60,000 public programs every year, many of them free. Museum educators offer K-12 programs that supplement classroom education and inspire student understanding of Iowa history through exploration of authentic artifacts and locally meaningful connections to state and national history; art education; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; and natural and life sciences. By providing learning in an “active” environment, museums offer all ages a different way to learn, fostering lifelong interests. Active learning environments such as those offered by museums allow for choice and encourage problem solving, critical thinking skills, and creativity on the part of the participant. Meaningful learning takes place when individuals choose their own path in this manner.
Iowa Museum Week is a program of the Iowa Museum Association, the only statewide organization providing professional development for museum workers, advocacy on behalf of all museums, and providing a statewide communication network in order to build a strong community of museums in Iowa.
Iowa’s museums include arboretums, archives, art centers, art museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, cultural centers, ethnic museums, historic cemeteries, history museums, historic sites, historical societies, historic theaters, living history sites, military museums, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, presidential libraries, science centers, sports museums, university museums and zoos. While these organizations are different in many ways, they all have collections, provide careful stewardship of those collections for future generations, and offer educational opportunities for all ages.
The Dover Museum in New London will celebrate Iowa Museum Week Sunday the 14th at 1:30 P. M. as we invite adults to bring their children to learn old fashioned kid’s games like marbles, jacks, checkers, etc. For refreshments, youngsters will make their own ice cream. The new toy display can be viewed as well as the railroad depot.