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2017 Museum Exhibit Award Winner Announced

2017 Museum Exhibit Award Winner Announced | Wisconsin Historical Society
The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin has received the 2017 Museum Exhibit Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society for its 2016-2018 exhibition, “Asylum: Out of the Shadows.” This award category recognizes institutions with an annual operating budget exceeding $50,000.
 
About the Exhibit

This winning exhibition courageously and creatively tackles the history of the former Outagamie County Asylum for the Insane, which opened in 1890 and was demolished in 2001.  This well-executed exhibition provocatively raises contemporary questions about mental health care against the backdrop of misconception, discomfort, fear and bad science long associated with the subject.  This project is sophisticated in all aspects from research and planning through programming and evaluation, and reflects highly on professional best practice, on the museum staff, and on the Appleton community.

About the Award

This award is given to the organization that creates an exhibit that meets the award criteria and, in the opinion of the judges, made the most valuable contribution to public understanding of Wisconsin's past during the preceding calendar year.

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