Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site awarded accreditation

FOUNTAIN CITY, Indiana (Aug. 21, 2019) –   

     Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in recognition of the museum’s commitment to excellence, accountability and high professional standards.

    Accreditation through American Alliance of Museums is the highest national recognition given to museums. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 45 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program signifies quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability.

    The accreditation process strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that assist leaders in making informed decisions, allocating resources wisely, and remaining financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible experience to the public.

     “The accreditation process is truly a team effort and showcases our dedication to be a top museum system in the nation,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “We’re honored to be recognized by the American Alliance of Museums as relevant, visitor-centric and well-positioned to educate visitors through our collections, programming and statewide focus.”

    Of the estimated 33,000 museums nationwide, only about 1,100 are currently accredited.

    “Accreditation by the AAM gives the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site a chance to continue growing and can potentially open new doors for us,” said Joanna Hahn, site manager of the state historic site. “Being seen as a trusted best-practices museum shows our visitors and donors – present and future – that we are committed to keeping the story of the Coffins and freedom seekers they aided alive for generations to come.”

     In addition to Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site in New Albany and Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva – all locations in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system – were accredited for the first time.

     The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, Lanier Mansion State Historic Site in Madison and T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Nashville were previously accredited and received reaccreditation this year.

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

    Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site is part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

     It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world.

    Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.