Dennos Museum Center Becomes Smithsonian Affiliate

By Beth Milligan | March 9, 2021

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College has become a Smithsonian partner, the museum announced on Monday. The Dennos joins a network of more than 200 other Smithsonian partners in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Panama.

As a Smithsonian Partner, Dennos have “the opportunity to collaborate on unique public programs and workshops, develop professionally, co-develop youth programs, host traveling exhibitions, borrow artifacts, and co-host public lectures by Smithsonian scholars.” according to a museum publication. The partnership also enables Dennos to offer Smithsonian partner membership as an addition to their existing membership options. Smithsonian Partners are “contributing to many of Smithsonian’s strategic priorities, adding local content, context and expertise to national initiatives to tell a fuller story,” the press release said.

“We are excited to have a formal relationship with the Smithsonian Institution and all of its collections and educational resources,” said Craig Hadley, Dennos executive director and chief curator. “While many of us up here in northern Michigan may have trouble getting to Washington, DC, we hope this partnership helps make our nation’s largest museum system affordable and collaborative for Traverse City residents, schools, and visitors Way to make it accessible. “

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