CHM Receives American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

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Culture and Heritage Museums receives the American Alliance of Museums’ ultimate mark of distinction 

ROCK HILL, SC- Culture and Heritage Museums of York County has received official notification from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) for the award of reaccreditation. AAM reaccreditation is a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by peers. According to the alliance it is “the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field” and “signifies excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies and to the museum-going public.”  

Accreditation from AAM ensures that Culture and Heritage Museums (CHM) maintains national standards and best practices, shows that CHM is a good steward of its resources held in public trust and is committed to a philosophy of continual institutional growth. CHM’s next periodic reaccreditation review will be in 2026. 

Culture and Heritage Museums is one of three percent of the 33,000 museums in the U.S. that are currently accredited by AAM.  In South Carolina, there are only twelve museums or museum systems that have achieved this distinction. AAM’s accreditation commission commended CHM’s “community outreach, which has resulted in a thoughtful, thorough strategic plan that clearly addresses each of its four sites.” 

The AAM reaccreditation award was announced in a recent board meeting with the Culture and Heritage Commission. Carey Tilley, executive director of CHM since 2012, applauded his staff who “continued to work diligently despite numerous challenges to maintain the highest level of professionalism.” Tilley thanked the commissioners and the York County Council for their strong support and remarked that “the continued dedication of our volunteers and enthusiasm of our visitors have allowed us to grow while we prepare to take the museums to new and exciting levels.” 

More about Culture and Heritage Museums: 
In 1950 the Junior Welfare League opened the Museum of York County as the Children’s Nature Museum of Rock Hill. After strong preservation efforts lead by the York County Historical Commission, Historic Brattonsville near McConnells opened to the public in 1977. In 1997, the county commissions governing the two sites merged to create the York County Culture and Heritage Commission. Since that time the museum system has added the McCelvey Center in York in 2001 and the Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill in 2010.