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From idea to installation... We are passionate about creating the most innovative media experiences for museums.


MONADNOCK [muh • NAD • nok ]

Origin: Algonquin monadnock < mountain that stands alone


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Hard to pronounce. Tough to spell. Full of meaning.

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(n) Mt. Monadnock (southern New Hampshire), the most hiked mountain in the United States.

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(n) Geology: A hill or mountain standing high above the surrounding terrain.

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a company that stands out in the media landscape. Creating innovative and thought-provoking multimedia experiences for museums.


We are...

Dedicated Partners It’s easy to talk about collaboration. We do it. Our process: listening, brainstorming, and working closely with the museum staff and designers to develop ideas and find ways to bring them to life. From master plan to museum opening, we ask questions and dig deeper to create fresh — and unexpected — multimedia experiences.


Skilled Innovators Whether it’s designing an immersive environment or a towering LED sound and light sculpture, Monadnock thrives on the challenge. Every museum exhibit begins with a vision and a “what if?” We have the experience to design, produce, and specify technology to turn your “what if” into “WOW!” New technologies attract new audiences. For over 30 years, we have embraced cutting-edge hardware and have found ways to re-imagine tried and true technologies to create inventive media experiences. Our team is comfortable in today’s media landscape because we helped shape it.

Museum Lovers Monadnock Media works exclusively with museums.

Imaginative Storytellers Museum visitors want meaningful experiences and to be entertained. Our job is to pique curiosity and make discovery fun. Good interpretation shouldn’t be just information, but revelation — not just instruction, but provocation. Whether it’s a multi-player interactive or an immersive theater, Monadnock makes sure your story is well researched and well told. Most important, our media exhibits speak to people’s hearts as well as their minds.

As multimedia designers, our goal is to work with the project team to seamlessly embed the experiences into the exhibit environment. Even a monitor can be many things, a mirror that conjures up ghosts or a portal into other worlds. For us, multimedia design is like alchemy — blending storytelling, technology, and the exhibit environment. The results are transformative.


We do...

Everything related to media. Monadnock is a one-stop media shop. We can tackle any job â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a single interactive exhibit or multimedia design and production for an entire museum. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a partner from master media planning through production, installation, and beyond.


Creative Services

Technical Services

We work in all media forms to create one-of-a-kind installations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; custom interactives, immersive theaters, dramatic sound and light shows, multi-player games, media-driven environments, mobile apps, AR/VR interactives and more.

Our technical systems packages are state-of-the-art. And we take a leading role in supervising technical systems firms and coordinating with exhibit fabricators. Most of all, the exhibits we spec are durable and will withstand the impact of enthusiastic visitors for years to come.

Master planning for media

Technical systems design

Multimedia design

Equipment specification

3D media exhibit renderings

Infrastructure requirements

Full production services

Budgeting

Motion graphics & animation

Prototyping

Interactive design & programming

System maintenance plans

Mobile apps

Technical systems project management

VR exhibit simulation

Installation coordination

Electromechanical interface design & programming

Exhibit software update & maintenance contract

Theatrical lighting & special effects design


WORK IN PROGRESS

Choctaw Cultural Center Durant, Oklahoma

Estimated Completion Date December 2019

AR Experience: A look at a forest from the Choctaw perspective


Projection-mapped Interactive Rendering

The exhibit space for the Choctaw Cultural Center is conceived as a sequence of landscapes, each embodying one aspect of the Choctaw world. The goal is to create a beautiful and evocative series of exhibits that tell the Choctaw story in the tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own words â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to make spaces that are instantly comfortable for tribal visitors and welcoming to everyone else. Monadnock Media is working closely with Design Division and the Choctaw tribe to create multimedia experiences that convey their unique culture and worldview.


WORK IN PROGRESS

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum Independence, Missouri

Estimated Completion Date April 2020 Red Scare Multiplayer Interactive and Korean War Program - Rendering


Cold War Theater - Rendering

The Truman Library remains one of the most favorably reviewed presidential libraries for its commitment to presenting diverse viewpoints on Trumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidency. Monadnock created all of the media exhibits for the museum in 2001 and we are currently working as media designer in collaboration with Gallagher and Associates on a renovation of the entire museum. The new museum will delve more deeply into Truman the man â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his character, his decision making, and his enduring accomplishments.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS This Little Light of Mine

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Jackson, Mississippi

This Little Light of Mine is an interactive light sculpture located at the heart of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Every gallery leads back to this central area, where visitors can process what they’ve just seen within the peaceful atmosphere the sculpture provides.

Multimedia Components: 27 Size: 17,000 sq. ft.

The sculpture has two modes: an ambient mode that creates a calming environment with subtle movement of light and sound and an empowering show mode that captures the joyous energy of a civil rights mass meeting. Every 25 minutes the sculpture springs to life in a rousing show mode featuring one of two

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum presents an honest, unflinching portrayal of the civil rights movement in what was one of the most oppressive states in the union. Monadnock Media is proud to have designed and produced the multimedia exhibits, with the participation of many of the local people who were part of the struggle for freedom and equality.

Freedom Songs (This Little Light of Mine or Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around) performed by local singers, young and old. The songs — and the shimmering light on the sculpture — inspire visitors, just as they inspired civil rights activists during the darkest days of the movement.


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Emmett Till Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, this theater program tells the dramatic story of Emmett Tillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brutal murder in 1955. Brought to national attention when graphic photos of his body were published in Jet magazine, many civil rights activists regard Tillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death as the spark that helped ignite the civil rights movement.


MUSE AWARD WINNER

Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner A dramatic, skewed projection area spreads over two walls and the floor of this theater. The intentionally distorted images immerse visitors in the tragic story of three young civil rights workers who were lynched by a KKK mob at the start of Freedom Summer in 1964.


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MUSE AWARD WINNER Freedom Summer Freedom Summer of 1964 was one of the pivotal moments in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. In this evocative program, former SNCC leaders and volunteers recount their accomplishments and experiences during that iconic summer. Set inside a recreated country church, the multimedia experience plays out on the front wall of the sanctuary, recalling the heady days of mass meetings as well as the dangers these young people faced as they set out to change Mississippi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the country.


Separate but Equal The Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 sent shock waves across Mississippi. It not only challenged the segregated school system but put into question an entire way of life. This immersive theater tracks the immediate impact of the decision and the long, and often violent, struggle to implement it. Set inside a country school room — one half representing a black school and the other a white one — visitors are immediately confronted with the devastating effects of segregation.

March To Freedom Using this large interactive table, visitors explore hardfought civil rights victories, such as school desegregation, equal employment, and voting rights. They are challenged to consider difficult decisions Mississippians may have faced. Several times an hour the table plays a three-minute program examining causes that inspire people to join together for change.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

FDR Presidential Library & Museum Hyde Park, New York

Multimedia Components: 21 Size: 12,000 sq. ft.

World in Crisis This immersive theater experience introduces visitors to the complex state of the world in 1932 as FDR sought the presidency. The fractured visual treatment and graphics convey the rapidly disintegrating political and economic situation of those times.


Legacy Our nation and world bear the unmistakable mark of Franklin Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership. As one historian put it, every subsequent president has worked â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the shadow of FDR.â&#x20AC;? One of the first things Bill Clinton did when he became president was make a pilgrimage to Hyde Park. Written and narrated by President Clinton, this video program shows the far-reaching influence of a president whose legacy of hope changed the world we live in.

Designed by President Roosevelt and dedicated in 1941, the FDR Library celebrated its renovation and reopening in 2013. Monadnock Media produced all of the multimedia programs and several interactives for the new state-of-the-art galleries, which bring to life one of our greatest presidents.


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FDR & Polio FDR was a fiercely private person, but those closest to him said that his fight against the crippling effects of polio had a profound impact on his character and his life. This short program provides rare insight into how one of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest presidents overcame a personal challenge that could have ended his political career.

Fireside Chats In two immersive spaces, a kitchen and a living room, visitors sit by a period radio to listen to selections from FDRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous Fireside Chats. Visitors can also hear excerpts from letters written to FDR in response to his chats.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

GulfQuest

National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico Mobile, Alabama

Multimedia Components: 45+ Size: 33,000 sq. ft.

Great Gulf Challenge This innovative, multi-player game encourages visitors to try to bring the Gulf of Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environment, economy and energy into balance. The challenge for all players is to gain an appreciation for the many issues facing the Gulf Coast region.


Orientation Theater The environmental challenges, unsurpassed beauty, and diverse people who live and work on the Gulf Coast are portrayed in a lively and thoughtful three-screen film. The program features fishermen, environmentalists, musicians, business people, artists and others who have lived through hurricanes and changing tides but are still deeply committed to the place they call home.

GulfQuest offers one-of-a-kind interactive and theatrical experiences that immerse visitors in the Gulf Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maritime history and culture, its natural environment, and its importance as a gateway to the world.


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Signal Flags This fun interactive gives visitors a chance to learn about the meanings of ship flags and then create their own secret messages that they can email to friends and family.


Port of Victory Theater Using theatrical lighting, surround sound and fog effects, this multimedia theater showcases the history of the Port of Mobile during World War II, highlighting the contributions of the shipbuilding and shipping industries in the war effort.

Take the Helm When visitors take the controls of this piloting simulator, their navigational skills are truly put to the test. Created from real piloting software, this multi-screen simulator gives visitors a chance to try their hand at steering a variety of vessels through open waters, channels, ports and locks under calm and stormy conditions.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Inside the Economy Museum Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri

Multimedia Components: 22 Size: 4,000+ sq. ft.

When Monadnock began working on the St. Louis Fed’s new museum, the charge seemed daunting: make learning about the economy fun and engaging. But we rose to the challenge. From the moment people step into the museum until the time they leave, the resounding word heard in the galleries is, “Cool!”


Intro Theater Visitors enter an early 20th-century teller room and, within seconds, watch it transform before their eyes. Projection mapping, stunning visuals, lighting effects and a rousing soundtrack immerse visitors in the experience while delivering the Fedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central message that we all play a vital part in the economy.


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Trading Pit The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature interactive experience is a fast-paced, multi-player game that captures the excitement and intensity of a real trading floor, while introducing visitors to basic economic concepts.


Connections Theater This innovative theater features two programs that play out on an arrangement of different-sized projection surfaces, helping to create a dynamic, visual experience. A World of Connections uses spare narration and images cut to a driving score to reveal how trade connects all of us. A second video presents a brief history of the Federal Reserve in a direct and engaging way.

Interactive Map Throughout the museum, our custom-designed interactive experiences engage visitors in learning about how they can make more informed choices in their everyday lives. This striking touchscreen interactive map gives visitors many ways to visualize and interpret data that is relevant to their own lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from unemployment trends to college graduation rates to global immigration trends.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Museum of Science Boston, Massachusetts

Multimedia Components: 6 Size: 10,000+ sq. ft.


When the Museum of Science renovated their popular Hall of Human Life in 2013, they hired Monadnock to design and produce several signature media experiences. From the time it opened its doors, the innovative gallery has attracted thousands of visitors, with Monadnock’s Human Body Theater an anchor exhibit.

Human Body Theater The goal of the Hall’s centerpiece theater is to engage

Five programs — on epigenetics and fetal

the public in conversation about human biology and

development, vaccines and the human immune

health from an evolutionary perspective. Monadnock

system, the brain and aggression, the effects of

created a unique, multi-dimensional projection

cooked food on the human body, and evolution

that visually connects the body’s inner depths with

and running — present complex topics in a pithy

outside environmental factors to illustrate how

and light-hearted way, making them accessible and

humans are changing.

relevant to a wide range of audiences.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Ziibiwing Center

of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Multimedia Components: 25 Size: 10,000 sq. ft.

Our Identity This program gives expression to tribal membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feelings about their identity and how they balance tradition with a rapidly changing, modern world.


The Ziibiwing Center is a celebration of the history and culture of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The permanent exhibit, Diba-Jimooyung (Our Story), gives tribal members a place to share and learn about their heritage and be a part of their own cultural renaissance.

MUSE AWARD WINNER

Creation Theater In a theater themed as a teaching lodge, we use animation based on traditional artwork, lighting effects and a star field to tell the story of the Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation. Narrated by an Anishinabe storyteller, the program also tells how Nanabozho named the animals and helped rescue them from a great flood.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

FDR Presidential Library & Museum Temporary Exhibits, 2005 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Present Hyde Park, New York

Monadnock Media has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with the FDR Library for over a decade, designing and producing multimedia programs for their temporary exhibits. We are currently in production on an exhibit that examines the relationship between FDR and Winston Churchill.


Day of Infamy: FDR and America on December 7, 1941

The FDR Library commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into WWII with a hard-hitting exhibit. It offers visitors a behind-thescenes view of FDR’s decision-making during the pivotal 24 hours that followed the Japanese assault.

Remembering Pearl Harbor The Japanese Offensive in the Pacific

Monadnock produced the projection-mapped program, Remembering Pearl Harbor, which highlighted the far-reaching impact and enduring

Several interactive stations (now in the permanent galleries) allow visitors to explore Japan’s Pacific strategy and the opening attacks on December 7–8 and to drill down for details on each incursion.

significance of that fateful day.


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The Roosevelts: A Photographic Journey The highlight of this exhibit was the multiscreen program, Eleanor Remembers. The projection-mapped story featured archival interviews with Mrs. Roosevelt that offered a very personal perspective on a president who left no journals or memoirs.


Freedom from Fear: FDR, Commander in Chief Preparing for War, Hoping for Peace, was the centerpiece of the Freedom from Fear exhibit. The theater, a period living room, transported visitors to this pivotal moment in history. As the President spoke over the radio preparing a reluctant nation for war, dramatic lighting effects brought the room to life and, on the wall, a framed painting transformed into a montage of photos and moving footage depicting the events that led to WWII.

“Action and Action Now”: FDR’s First 100 Days FDR’s masterful use of the “new technology” of radio allowed him to communicate directly with the nation. FDR’s Conversation with America, an immersive theater program set in a Depression-era kitchen, showed how he inspired hope through his famous Fireside Chats.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

National Museum of the Great Lakes Toledo, Ohio

Multimedia Components: 19 Size: 12,000 sq. ft.

Monadnock created a variety of original interactive and multimedia experiences for the National Museum of the Great Lakes that showcase the importance of the Great Lakes as a natural resource and explore the region’s rich maritime history and culture. The Museum was voted Ohio’s #2 Attraction in the USA Today — 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2017.


A Powerful Force Projected on a 9â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x12â&#x20AC;&#x2122; curved screen, our evocative orientation film fills the main gallery. A rear-lit, topographic map, positioned below the screen, illuminates the lakes at key moments in the story. This striking visual display, combined with a powerful soundtrack and lighting effects, creates a visceral and memorable experience.


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Queen of the Lakes Players search maps and archival newspaper articles for clues to help them locate shipwrecks in Lake Ontario in this interactive detective game. When they discover the locations, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rewarded with rarely-seen underwater footage of the 19th-century Queen of the Lakes and other shipwrecks.


The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald In this 3-D underwater simulator, visitors take a virtual dive into Lake Superior to uncover the possible reasons for the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demise. Using a joystick, visitors navigate around the wreckage. Along the way they trigger short videos, which feature underwater footage and animations that explain the theories of why the Fitz went down.

MUSE AWARD WINNER


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Sioux City Public Museum Sioux City, Iowa

Multimedia Components: 12 Size: 12,500 sq. ft.

Turn Back Time A steampunk interactive map invites visitors to trace the growth and changes in Sioux City over the last 200 years using a fun, hands-on interface â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a wheel and OLED buttons that correspond to stops on the projection map. Visitors crank the wheel to explore photos, maps and illustrations that bring to life the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution.


Sioux Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusually vivid history inspired some novel multimedia experiences for this history museum. Visitors embark on a fanciful and enlightening adventure into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booms and busts, disasters and triumphs.

Disaster Wall A two-story tall building facade looms over visitors while the windows fill with three harrowing accounts of a major flood, a disastrous fire, and a horrific airplane crash. After each catastrophe, visitors see how city residents came together to overcome these unfortunate incidents. A dynamic soundtrack, water and fire lighting effects, and a smoke machine add a sense of immediacy to the experience.


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Spirit of Sioux City This popular orientation theater program springs to life with tales of adventurers, dreamers, and schemers who helped shape Sioux City throughout 150 years of its history. Dramatic lighting, sound, and visual effects energize the production as it plays out on three arched screens rimmed with lights, a nod to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous corn palaces.


MUSE AWARD WINNER Innovation I-Wall Visitors slide a touchscreen monitor to reveal an animated timeline that tells the stories behind Gateway Computers and Iowa Beef Processors (IBP), two innovative companies with Sioux City roots. An array of artifacts from each company lights up when related content is touched on the timeline.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS River Wise Water Wall This sinuous, 50-foot glass water wall is an

National River Center

ever-changing mix of graphics, animation

Dubuque, Iowa

underwater scene of projected silhouettes of

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

and colored lighting. Inspirational quotes and compelling facts about the importance of water in our lives float through a peaceful fish and gently waving plant life.

Multimedia Components: 11 Size: 20,000 sq. ft.

The National River Center was added to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium complex in 2010. Monadnockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multimedia exhibits in the Center tell the story of America through the history and ecology of its great rivers. Monadnock also designed and produced all of the media exhibits for the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first major expansion in 2003.


America’s Rivers This imposing, 24-foot relief map of the United States takes over the museum’s main gallery at regular intervals. The map comes to life with short, powerful multimedia shows that use video, lighting, surround sound and effects. Programs include the exploration of North America, the era of big dam construction and a visual symphony celebrating the nation’s rivers.


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American Identities I-Wall Visitors slide a touchscreen monitor in front of artifacts — ranging from a pilot’s wheel to the iconic painting of “Washington Crossing the Delaware” — and are treated to a fun and engaging exploration of rivers in popular American culture.


Our Blue Planet A domed, interactive projection surface invites visitors to watch three programs that highlight the importance of our planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most precious resource: water.


Albany Civil Rights Institute Albany, Georgia

Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

Client List

Springfield, Massachusetts

Arabian Horse Galleries International Museum of the Horse Kentucky Horse Park Lexington, Kentucky

Arecibo Observatory Visitor Center Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Arizona Science Center Phoenix, Arizona Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History USGA Museum Far Hills, New Jersey

August Wilson Center for African American Culture Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Discovery Center Augusta, Georgia

Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Visitor Center Belknap, Illinois


Biltmore House & Gardens Visitor Center

Ellis Island National Monument

Asheville, North Carolina

Ellis Island, New York

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

The Franklin Institute

National Park Service Silver Screen Award, U.S. International Film & Video Festival Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brooklyn Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico Mobile, Alabama

Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Historical Society Museum

Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library Independence, Missouri

MUSE Award Brooklyn, New York

Hartford Public Library Hartford, Connecticut

Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Chicago History Museum

University of New Haven New Haven, Connecticut

Chicago, Illinois

Higgins Armory Museum Concord Museum

Worcester, Massachusetts

Concord, Massachusetts

Independence Seaport Museum Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mystic, Connecticut

Inside the Economy Museum El Portal Rain Forest Center in El Yunque National Forest

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri

U.S. Forest Service Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Johnstown Flood Museum Johnstown, Pennsylvania


Kalamazoo Valley Museum MUSE Award Kalamazoo, Michigan

Client List continued

Litchfield Historical Society Museum Litchfield, Connecticut

Lowell Heritage State Park Lowell, Massachusetts

Madison Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum Madison, Wisconsin

Mashantucket Pequot Museum Mashantucket, Connecticut

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Jackson, Mississippi

Museum of Discovery & Science Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Museum of Science Boston, Massachusetts

National Atomic Testing Museum Las Vegas, Nevada

National Canal Museum Easton, Pennsylvania

National Museum of the Great Lakes Toledo, Ohio


National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Sioux City Public Museum

MUSE Award

MUSE Award

Golden Camera Award, U.S. International Film & Video Festival Dubuque, Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa

Tampa Bay History Center National Museum of the American Indian

Tampa, Florida

Smithsonian Institution New York, New York

Trailside Nature and Science Center Mountainside, New Jersey

National Postal Museum Smithsonian Institution Washington, District of Columbia

West Point Visitors Center United States Military Academy Highland Falls, New York

National World War II Museum New Orleans, Louisiana

Western Gateway Heritage State Park North Adams, Massachusetts

Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, Massachusetts

North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association Ausable Chasm, New York

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways MUSE Award Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

9/11 Tribute Museum New York, New York

Olana State Historic Site MUSE Award Hudson, New York

Orange County Regional History Center Orlando, Florida

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy Vincennes, Indiana

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