Featured: WHC awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

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February 8, 2023

The Western Heritage Center has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Accreditation is the highest national recognition of a museum’s commitment to public service, professional standards, and excellence in education. As you may know, museums are working every day in support of their public service mission. The Western Heritage Center partners with schools, community organizations, and senior centers to share regional history, bolstering the local economy by spurring tourism, fostering creativity and innovation, celebrating diverse cultures and heritages, and preserving our region’s important collections.

“Accredited museums go through a rigorous process to ensure they are meeting the highest standards and best practices. We are very proud of this accomplishment.” Shares Museum Director, Kevin Kooistra.

The Western Heritage Center has served Yellowstone County since 1971. As a museum and interpretive center, their work focuses on original research, rotating exhibits, educational programming, and community outreach. They share and interpret the stories of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern High Plains. The Western Heritage Center is one of six AAM accredited museums in Montana.


2021 Mountain Plains Museum Association Leadership and Innovation Award

2021 Mountain Plains Museum Association Edcom Award (shared with both WHC and Moss Mansion)