The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) has just earned a prestigious honor.
The not-for-profit, which “preserves historic and environmentally sensitive properties deeded to it by Ward Melville,” won a Pinnacle Award for its distant educational experiences.
Through The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the WMHO was able to acquire equipment to allow students from across the world to learn about history on Long Island.
And last month, the award was bestowed to the WMHO by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for Distance Learning in 2017-18.
“The Award is given annually to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and other end users,” said Marie Gilberti of WMHO. “Receiving the award indicates remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.”
The WMHO was one of four institutions worldwide to receive the award. The other recipients were Andrew Jackson Hermitage, the New York Hall of Science and Cleveland Museum of Art.
“We are extremely proud of our Education Department and how our programs consistently impact the lives of students around the globe,” said Gloria Rocchio, president of WMHO.
Scroll down to see some of the distant learning programs offered by the WMHO over the last year:
Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land: A theatrical performance on slavery and the Underground Railroad presented by WMHO’s educational director Deborah Boudreau with collaborations with the Sir Wilfred Laurier School in Quebec.
Electronic Explorations: The Salt Marsh Ecosystem: Is a distance learning program year-round at the Erwin J. Ernst Marine Conservation Center, where students from across the world can learn about the 88-acre wetlands and its inhabitants.
First Long Islanders: Original Native American Inhabitants and Windows Through Time: Journals of American Revolutionary War Spies: Are two programs at the local Revolutionary War-era structures at the Brewster House and Thompson House, where students from across the world can see.
Top: The Electronic Explorations distance learning program offered by the WMHO. (Courtesy photo.)