PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Kim Smith, grant writer for the city of Presque Isle and secretary/treasurer for the Presque Isle Historical Society, has won an inaugural Excellence Award from the New England Museum Association.

Smith was honored for her contagious spirit of volunteerism, her presence as a role model to her peers in the field through grant writing, training, presentations and continuing education, as well as her tireless dedication to the many and varied facets of the historical society’s role in the local community, according to the association.

“This award is a testament to Kim Smith’s passion, commitment and vision in her work for and with New England’s museums. Her work makes us better as a community of museum professionals and as a field,” NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger said when announcing the honor Nov. 4. “We are proud to acknowledge her accomplishments as an outstanding example of leadership and service to our museum colleagues, visitors and partners.”

The competition was intense, Yeager said, with 29 nominations for acts of excellence, large and small — all truly exceptional accomplishments in the field. The six winners will be recognized at the 96th annual NEMA Conference in Boston-Cambridge during a three-day event, Nov. 19-21.

The only other winner from Maine is Kathryn Hussey, volunteer collections manager and registrar of the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk.

Smith, who has dressed in period attire on numerous occasions and provided historic tours and presentations, said in responding to news of the award, “I do what I do for the Historical Society because I strongly believe in its mission to study, promote and preserve local history for future generations, and because I enjoy it so much.”

She said it’s an honor to be recognized for her efforts.

“I have a passion for all I do, but it is so humbling and wonderful to be recognized for it by peers in a regional organization such as the New England Museum Association,” Smith said.

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