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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is among the 15 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in the museum category. The Dallas Public Library is one of the 15 finalists in the Library category.

“We’re appreciative that IMLS has honored our Museum as a finalist for the 2016 National Medal,” said Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins. “The award celebrates institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals and families. We strive to change attitudes and behaviors to promote tolerance, acceptance and respect, and are proud to have our work recognized.”

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story and learn more about how these institutions make an impact, please visit

“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We proudly recognize these museums and libraries for their invaluable work to provide citizens with educational resources, 21st century skills and opportunities for lifelong learning. As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute the finalists for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit