Grad Earns Coastal Museums Assoc. Individual of Excellence Award

(June 13, 2015) - The Coastal Museums Association (CMA) recently presented Armstrong graduate, Lacy Brooks, with the 2015 Coastal Museums Association Individual of Excellence Award.

Brooks, who earned a Master of Arts in Public History from Armstrong in 2014 and is an archives assistant with Savannah Research Library & Municipal Archives (RLMA), was honored at the association's second annual CMA Awards of Excellence on June 4. The program, held at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, recognizes exceptional educational and cultural programming delivered by local museums and cultural institutions during 2014.

Celebrated was Brooks' Armstrong graduate thesis, “Savannah Municipal Slavery Research Project,” in which she identified, analyzed and digitized archival records that document the City of Savannah's use of enslaved people to support municipal work prior to the Civil War. She completed the project in her final semester as an intern for RLMA.

A native of Griffin, Ga., Brooks holds a B.A. in History. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Graduate Level Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records from a governor-appointed faction, the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, for the same graduate work.

The Coastal Museum Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 1984. It includes museums and cultural sites from Savannah and the surrounding coastal area. The association provides a forum for networking, discussing issues impacting the museum community, exchanging ideas and experiences and facilitating professional development.