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American Association of Museums Grants Accreditation to

The Preservation Society of Newport County

(Newport, RI) – The Preservation Society of Newport County, steward of one of the finest collections of house museums in the United States, has been awarded the highest honor for a museum—accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM).

“This is fantastic news,” said Preservation Society CEO Trudy Coxe.  “Only 750 of the nearly 16,000 museums in the United States are accredited by AAM.  Joining that elite group means that we are officially recognized by our peers in the museum field for our commitment to excellence."

Only three other museums in Rhode Island are accredited:  the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Slater Mill Historic Site.  The Preservation Society also joins the likes of the Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as an accredited institution.

"Achieving accreditation is a testament to the hard work of museum professionals dedicated to the highest standards of their profession," noted AAM President and CEO Edward H. Able, Jr.

"The credit for this achievement goes to the entire staff of the Preservation Society," added Coxe.  "They all worked very hard for the past several years to document every detail of the operation and to meet AAM's very strict eligibility requirements. But the real key to our success is the dedication every one of our employees brings to the job, day in and day out, of ensuring that our guests enjoy an exceptional experience when they visit the Newport Mansions."

AAM accreditation is a rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations.  To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The museum professionals on AAM's Accreditation Commission then consider the self-study and visiting committee reports to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.  While the length of the process varies, it generally takes three years, and all accredited museums must undergo a complete review at least every ten years.