First lady Michelle Obama honors Chicago History Museum

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First lady Michelle Obama congratulates Gary Johnson, left, president of the Chicago History Museum, and Joyce Chiu at a White House ceremony Wednesday for getting a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service award. AP photo

The Chicago History Museum has been recognized by first lady Michelle Obama with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The museum was among 10 institutions honored this week at the White House by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The first lady presented the medal to directors and community members from each institution.

Gary T. Johnson, the museum’s president, and community member Joyce Chiu accepted the award from the first lady.

Later this year, StoryCorps — a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans — plans to visit the winning institutions to document stories from the community.

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