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Posted on: February 26, 2017

Rockpile Museum Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

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The Campbell County Rockpile Museum has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the Rockpile Museum to better serve the citizens of Campbell County by helping us strengthen operations, build capacity, plan for the future, and meet national museum standards.

MAP program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). MAP is self-initiated by each museum and the one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review requires a considerable investment of time and other resources.

The Rockpile Museum has chosen to do the Organizational Assessment, one of three types offered with the goal of increasing community engagement with the museum, assess facilities management needs, and prepare for AAM Museum Accreditation. 

“The Campbell County Rockpile Museum board and staff have a strong vision for the future of our institution and we hope that participation in a MAP Assessment will be a positive step towards achieving that vision and becoming a vital part of our community for generations to come,” said Robert Henning, Rockpile Museum Director.  “Ultimately our goal is to become just the seventh museum in Wyoming to become an AAM Accredited Museum.  We know that taking the steps necessary to reach this level will be beneficial for the preservation of our culture and history for generations to come.”

“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of the Campbell County Rockpile Museum,” said Laura Lott, president of AAM. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”

Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 4,600 small and mid-sized museums of all types, including art, history, science and technology, children’s, natural history, historic houses, nature centers, botanical gardens, and zoos.

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. AAM is the only organization representing the nation’s entire museum community and has been dedicated to nurturing excellence and championing museums for over 110 years. For more information about AAM or MAP, visit The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more about IMLS, please visit:

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is a department of Campbell County Local Government and is located at 900 W. 2nd Street in Gillette, Wyoming.  The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information about the museum, visit our website at or contact us at (307) 682-5723 or by email at

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