The Flagler Museum has been honored with two Awards and a special Honorable Mention at the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Annual Meeting in Greenville, South Carolina on Oct. 26th. No other institution received more awards than the Flagler Museum.
The Museum was recognized by the SEMC’s Curators Committee with an Award of Excellence for its exhibition, “The Extraordinary Joseph Urban.” The Exhibition Competition showcases the best in regional exhibition efforts. Criteria for selecting award winners included: the budget, the exhibition’s ability to effectively meet the Museum’s mission, how the exhibition was conceived and researched, the quality of its design and fabrication, and the educational value provided in both the exhibition and related programming. “The Extraordinary Joseph Urban” was on exhibition at the Flagler Museum from Feb.1 through April 17, 2011.
The 23rd Annual SEMC Publication Design Competition recognizes excellence among southeastern museum publications. The Flagler Museum won a Silver Award in the Campaign Category for its marketing of the exhibition, “The Extraordinary Joseph Urban.” This extensive print campaign included: signage, postcards, print advertisements, opening reception invitations and a feature story in “Inside Whitehall” (the magazine for Flagler Museum Members).
The Museum received an Honorable Mention in the Catalogs Category for “Our Town: An In-Depth Pictorial History of Palm Beach.” While the pop-up style book was not a catalog related to an exhibition, the SEMC felt the quality and comprehensiveness of “Our Town” deserved special recognition. “Our Town” celebrated the Town of Palm Beach’s recent centennial with historical photographs juxtaposed with contemporary images.
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is a nonprofit membership organization that serves museums in 12 states throughout the Southeast. It sponsors annual awards competitions to honor exceptional work from its member organizations.
When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. The Museum is located at One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon until 5:00 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for youth ages 13-17, $3 for children ages 6-12, and children under six are free. For more information, please call the Flagler Museum at (561) 655-2833 or visit www.flaglermuseum.us