Geneva History Museum (GHM) has a goal of becoming the first nationally accredited museum in Kane County, Illinois. GHM has officially submitted all five of the pre-accreditation documents required of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

GHM’s Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan and the 2019-2025 Strategic Plan were recently written and/or revised and approved by the Board of Directors at the February 25 board meeting and submitted to AAM. AAM will notify the museum in one to two months regarding any edits or revisions needed.

The other core documents already approved by AAM are the Mission Statement, Institutional Code of Ethics and Collections Policy.

According to the AAM website, “As the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971, accreditation offers high profile, peer-based validation of your museum’s operations and impact. Accreditation increases credibility and value to funders, policy makers, insurers, community and peers. Accreditation is a powerful tool to leverage change and helps facilitate loans between institutions.”