First Lady recognizes Children’s Museum with national award

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2014) – First Lady Michelle Obama is honoring the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The museum is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

The First Lady joined Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan H. Hildreth for the presentation Thursday morning.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and community member Spencer Hahn and his mother, Erica Hahn, accepted the award. Spencer, 8, suffered a stroke in-utero that damaged part of his brain. Doctors said he’d never walk or talk, but something extraordinary happened when he went to the Children’s Museum–he took his first steps there and also said his first word.

Nine other museums were also honored Thursday.