Sen. Bruce Ennis and state Rep. William Carson recently visited Belmont Hall in Smyrna to celebrate the accreditation of the museum system of the state of Delaware by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest recognition afforded to museums in the U.S.

Administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the system includes five state museums, over 40 historic properties and the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 45 years, the alliance’s accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.