By Eleanor Greene
What do the three little pigs, a mad scientist, and Lewis and Clark all have in common? They’re exhibits and outreach programs created by the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Missouri. Museum Director Patsy Reublin hopes to inspire children and teens to become passionate about math and science so they can make Malden a better place and find good jobs. Lauren Collins is a community member and AmeriCorps volunteer, whose museum experience has inspired her to be a strong positive role model for kids. She’s giving back to the community as a museum educator and is gaining useful skills and money for college while she does it. In this video interview, Reublin and Collins discuss what makes them enthusiastic about the Bootheel Youth Museum and its programs, and how it is making the community stronger.
The Bootheel Youth Museum was one of 10 winners of the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Winners of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service will be announced on April 23, 2013.