Webinar: Historic House Call: Planning for Special Events

This AASLH webinar, presented by Gennie Truelock and Tara Richards, provides examples and inspiration for planning special events at historic house museums. The webinar is presented by the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group as part of the Historic House Call webinar series, designed to connect staff and volunteers of historic house museums with leading experts in the field.

Details:

DATE: Tuesday, October 30

TIME: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $ Free Members / $30 Non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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Description & Outcomes

Is your historic house museum rethinking its ability to generate community interest and relevance? Are you looking for new and exciting ways to engage your current visitors while attracting new ones? Expand your reach by putting on a special event! Whether you are a large historic site or a small house museum there are a multitude of ways to attract audiences while still meeting your mission goals. By providing your public with dynamic alternatives to a tour, your institution can break the mold of the traditional historic house museum and inspire curiosity and interest that also encourages repeat visitation. In this AASLH webinar, presenters Gennie Truelock (Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum) and Tara Richards (Brucemore)  provide examples of special events that range from the small (20-100 people) to the large (1000+ people) that appeal to a variety of audiences and provide participants with practical tools and tips for planning and implementing a wide range of events.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand that special events can be of any size and level of complexity and that good planning is key to having a smooth event.
  • Participants will be inspired to generate new event ideas while avoiding mission drift.
  • Participants will receive examples of event contracts for professional services and vendors, and tools that can be adapted for event planning at their site.

Speakers:

Gennie Truelock is the Programs Manager at the Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum in California. She is an advocate of using storytelling methods as a tool to encourage audiences to see the relevance of the history that surrounds them, and has helped to implement a variety of programming experiences for visitors ranging from immersive tour experiences to theatrical presentations. She is a member of AASLH’s Historic House Museums Committee.

 Tara Richards joined the Brucemore staff as the Marketing and Program Associate in October of 2009. She has held multiple roles prior to becoming the Director of Community Engagement in 2015. She oversees the site's expansive event and program menu that engages 47,000 visitors a year, as well as the site's marketing efforts, visitor services, and interpretation.

 

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White text against a darkened facade of the bay window of a historic house.

Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

Workshop Description

The one-day workshop, Reinventing the Historic House Museum includes an analysis of the most important opportunities and threats facing historic sites in America based on the latest social and economic research, with a discussion on how they may relate to the participants’ house museum. We share a series of field-tested tools and techniques drawn from such wide-ranging sources as non-profit management, business strategy, and software development. Drawing from innovative organizations, we profile historic sites that are using new models to engage with their communities to become more relevant, are adopting creative forms of interpretation and programming, and earning income to become more financially sustainable. A key component of the workshop is a facilitated brainstorming session to reinvent an event or program. Working with an actual house museum not only puts theory into practice but demonstrates the value of multiple perspectives for analysis.

Why should I attend?

Historic house museums face a wide range of challenges in today’s continually changing environment. Traditional methods no longer seem to be as successful but new approaches seem uncertain or risky.  By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to analyze their operations, programs, and events to make better informed decisions, learn how to use a variety of tools and techniques that can be applied to a wide range of activities at museums big and small, identify ways to make their house museum more distinctive and relevant, and feel more confident to try new and different approaches.

Indeed, the workshops have been incredibly helpful to the host sites, who serve as the case study for the brainstorming session:

“Reinventing the Historic House Museum sparked many great ideas on how we can use our historic homes in dynamic, innovative ways. Since attending the workshop, we have implemented many changes, including a new self-guided tour with interactive elements that have increased our attendance and engaged the public in brand new ways.”

Sarah Bader-King, Director of Public Programming & Events,
Wornall/Majors House Museums, Kansas City, Missouri

Reinventing the Historic House Museum helped us visualize how the Margaret Mitchell House could connect with the community around us. While the site was very popular with tourists, we were hidden in plain sight from our own community. Our goal was to discuss the challenges we faced and to pursue practical solutions. The workshop allowed us to collaborate with area professionals and hear from colleagues facing similar challenges. We left the workshop with good ideas and a commitment to reimagine our site. As a result of that work we have increased visibility in the community, created programming relevant to the neighborhood, and are partnering with area organizations to become a community resource and connector.”

Jessica Van Landuyt, Director of 20th Century Houses,
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Topics include:

  • Recognizing the Myriad Challenges Facing House Museums Today
  • Conducting a Holistic Assessment of Your House Museum’s Public Programs
  • Analyzing the Five Forces that Affect Public Programs and Events
  • House Museums That Are Successfully Reinventing Themselves
  • Discovering Your House Museum’s Unique Value and Distinctiveness

Details

FORMAT: In-person group workshop

LENGTH: One day (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

DATE: Friday, October 12, 2018

LOCATION: Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60616

MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

LUNCH: Lunch provided

COST: $30 per person

This workshop is made available at a reduced cost thanks to the gracious generosity of our funders and sponsors. 

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Our support

Thank you to our gracious funders and sponsors for supporting this workshop. 

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Who Should Attend This Workshop

Boardmembers, staff, and volunteers who manage house museums and historic sites or who develop public programs and events. This workshop is designed for organizations large and small who are seeking to increase the impact and sustainability of their house museum, as well as for paid or volunteer staff who want to expand their professional skills.

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Instructors

Max A. van Balgooy is president of Engaging Places LLC, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places.  He has worked with a wide range of historic sites on interpretive planning and business strategy, including James Madison’s Montpelier and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. He is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University, directs the History Leadership Institute (formerly known as the Seminar for Historical Administration), serves on the editorial board of Curator, the Museum Journal, and regularly leads workshops at regional and national museum conferences. He is a frequent contributor to professional journals and books, and with Ken Turino of Historic New England, he is preparing an anthology on reinventing the historic house museum for publication by Rowman and Littlefield in early 2019. These experiences provide a rich source of ideas for EngagingPlaces.net, where he blogs regularly about the opportunities and challenges facing historic sites and house museums.

Kenneth Turino is Manger of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the country. Ken oversees community engagement projects throughout the six New England states and is responsible for the exhibitions program. Prior to coming to Historic New England, Ken was Executive Director of the Lynn Museum, an active local history museum in Lynn, Massachusetts. He has worked at a number of historic houses including the Paul Revere House in Boston and is a Trustee of the House of Seven Gables in Salem. He frequently consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites. These include Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee,  James Madison’s Montpellier, Orange, Virginia, Connecticut Landmarks, on the Palmer Warner House in East Haddam, Conneticut and with Donna Harris the Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Ken is on the faculty of Tufts University in the Museum Studies Department where he teaches a course, Revitalizing Historic House Museums.


Personal Encounters with the Tough Stuff of History

In the last few years, our field has begun to engage more intentionally with the stories and lives of enslaved people -- in many cases, those whose stories went untold at historic houses across the country. New research and institutional courage -- as well as a great deal of advocacy -- help us to expand our interpretation, connecting with new audiences and jolting some old ones to see and think differently.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about what this can mean personally for those of us who work in the field. In particular, how can we recognize our personal connections to the history we interpret and integrate those connections into our professional identities? I’d assert that this integration is a kind of reconciliation. Below, two public history practitioners share their experiences with the Slave Dwelling Project, run by Joe McGill. Read on to learn how McGill has helped them feel more deeply connected to their work and to think more clearly about how we can make that connection possible for our visitors.

 

Joe McGill and others at a candlelight service before a sleepover in Cambridge, Maryland, September 2017.

Nicole Moore, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA

While I don’t know if I would call the Slave Dwelling Project a reconciliation group, I see the potential and the opportunities to create dialogue that can lead to reconciliation for some. Joe McGill is always telling us that we have to change the narrative of how we talk about the lives of the enslaved, and for every living history event we do as the Inalienable Rights Team, we are doing that. We challenge the perceptions of the enslaved community. We show the foodways but also talk about how they are similar to what we’re eating today—all of us. We are looking at the skills of the blacksmith or furniture makers and we are putting the enslaved and even the institution of slavery into a different context. It becomes more about human beings who were a part of a system, and it allows for conversation to happen.

When the Slave Dwelling Project has an overnight stay at a slave cabin, it’s not just to experience the living conditions, but it’s the start of the hard conversations held around a fire that go into race relations, the legacy of slavery, and how we move forward. It’s in those raw moments that strangers and friends come together to really talk about the tough stuff of our history and reconcile with the lasting harm that has been caused due to decades of ignoring what slavery has meant to the United States.

These conversations, while very honest, can make people uncomfortable, but I think that’s the true value that sites and other institutions should get from moments like this. Learn to sit in the discomfort and ask yourself the hard questions: what can be done next? Ask what is it your site is doing or isn’t doing, and what more can be done? We shouldn’t be comfortable just knowing about the lives of the enslaved; we should be talking about the legacy of their lives on us today—no matter what our race is, or whether it’s a part of our personal history. Living in this country, we all end up feeling the impact of slavery. It’s embedded in our policies, it’s how we look at those who migrate to this country, and it is how we discuss poverty, labor, corporations and wages. Until we are ready to have these conversations that are provided by organizations like the Slave Dwelling Project or Coming to the Table, we will not be able to really talk about reconciliation and coming to terms with our past.

Joe McGill in a slave dwelling on Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina.

Lisa Robbins, Historic Annapolis, Annapolis, MD

I have worked with Joe McGill from the Slave Dwelling Project on several occasions. We did two overnights sleeping in the carriage house of the James Brice House and another evening sleeping in the historic kitchen of the William Paca House. In the darkness of these spaces, honest conversations were had about interpreting uncomfortable histories at sites that have little diversity in staff, volunteers, and in general visitors.  Participants brought up questions and concerns about addressing board members, staff, and stakeholders who may create roadblocks to having honest conversations and interpretations about race. It was these conversations over dinner and in the late evening that reverberated throughout my head for many weeks and months.

Through these experiences, I had a personal revelation walking through the eighteenth-century house museum in my comfy clothes, getting ready to crawl into my sleeping bag: these were living, breathing homes. So often we work in these historic buildings and they become a place of business. How many admissions, programs, and events can be done in the small rooms, broken copiers, deadlines, and normal workplace chatter become the normal narrative. Being in the still and quiet of these spaces in the middle of the night made me have a visceral feeling that these were homes: places where people lived, worked, died, cried, and laughed. Places where people walked the halls in the middle of the night when they couldn’t sleep, just as I was doing. Through that connection I found an even greater importance on telling their stories, and that has informed the trainings, tour revisions, and conversations over the last year.

One of the driving missions of Joe McGill and the Slave Dwelling Project is to change the narrative. Through the overnights with the Slave Dwelling Project and representatives from Coming to the Table, conversations have begun. Joe’s informal approach of having a conversation and meeting people where they are is very effective and necessary. Telling a holistic story while connecting to modern day issues is so necessary for organizations like ours. Museums often say they want to be community centers or active in their community, but they don’t want to have uncomfortable conversations and so they perpetuate the notion of being static. Joe McGill has left many impressions on me. The two that constantly come into my mind are 1) start talking and 2) look for the fingerprints. As I walk through my eighteenth-century buildings, I am forever looking for the fingerprints in the bricks and promising the ancestors that their stories are being told.


5 Sites to Celebrate National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, has become a worldwide celebration of the beauty and cultural value of poetry. While many celebrate by heading to poetry readings, festivals, and bookstores, there are also many museums and historic sites where you can celebrate your love for the written word and the poets who contributed to our nation's literary heritage.

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts
This site, consisting of Dickinson's home as well as another residence built for her brother, tells the story of the Dickinson family and life in Amherst in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Emily lived at the site for most of her life until her death in 1886, and it was in her room here that her sister discovered Emily's poetry that would become known around the world. Today the museum hosts a busy schedule of literary and horticultural events, and writers and artists can even request "studio sessions" to reflect and create in Emily's bedroom where she wrote. On April 26, the museum celebrates "Poem in Your Pocket Day" by offering free admission to anyone who can recite a Dickinson poem from memory.

Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Dayton, Ohio
Dunbar, the first internationally acclaimed African-American poet, died at age 33, but nonetheless left a tremendous literary legacy that inspired writers such as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison in addition to millions of readers. The dedication of this house to honor Dunbar in 1936 by the Ohio General Assembly represented the state's first memorial to African-American history.  The house hosts the Dunbar Literary Circle every month, and is also part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia
This museum, one of several sites dedicated to Poe around the nation, interprets the life and times of the troubled author in Richmond's oldest original building (c. 1740). Poe spent much of his early life and career in Richmond and considered it his hometown, and the museum holds an extensive collection of Poe's personal artifacts. They have regularly scheduled literary events as well as monthly "unhappy hours," in addition to school programs that bring Poe's stories to life and walking tours of the historic neighborhood.

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, Huntington Station, New York
Built around 1819 by Whitman's father, the site includes the restored farmhouse and an interpretive center with more than one hundred portraits, original letters, manuscripts, and artifacts. The center hosts literary events and art exhibits, and a poet-in-residence offers classes throughout the year. They are currently preparing for the first Walt Whitman International Festival in 2019 in honor of his 200th birthday.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum, Shaftesbury, Vermont
Frost lived in this house from 1920-1929, but it was constructed around 1769 and combines colonial architecture with native stone and timber. Here he wrote many of the poems that became his first Pulitzer Prize winning volume, including "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (which has an entire room in the house devoted to its interpretation). The museum was recently the subject of a course at nearby Bennington College: Megan Mayhew-Bergman taught "Reinventing the Frost House" discussing the purposes of writers' houses and the future of this unique site.


Civil Rights Sites Gain National Funding, Status

The Medgar Evers House
The Medgar Evers House

The week leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s national holiday brought good news for civil rights sites awarded major grant funding and higher levels of historic recognition.  It also brought joy to those who worked hard to establish the sites during a time when their future was uncertain.

I documented some of those behind-the-scenes stories in her 2016 book: The Sustainers: Being, Building and Doing Good through Activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social Movements. Two of the sites included in the book, the Modjeska Simkins House, a restoration effort launched by Fleming Bruce in 1995, and the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, part of the Selma to Montgomery National Trail, were among the 39 sites to share $7.5 million dollars in civil rights grant funding, the National Park Service announced on January 12, 2017.

The Simpkins House before renovation.
The Simpkins House before renovation.

This critical national funding and recognition for the Simkins House will help those charged with the site’s care to ensure that Modjeska will never be one of the many women active in the civil rights struggle who were forgotten over time. Further restoration of the historic site by its caretakers, the Historic Columbia Foundation, helps move not only Modjeska’s story and the story of women in the movement to the national stage, but also further elevates South Carolina’s role in the civil rights movement, after decades of being overlooked. Finally, it increases the number of historic sites that examine the lives and work of women in the United States.

Two other sites featured in my book which achieved an elevated status in recent weeks are the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Both were among 24 sites named National Historic Landmarks by the National Park Service on January 11, 2017.

The Simpkins House
The Simpkins House

The Sustainers: Being, Building and Doing Good through Activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social Movements,  tells the stories of some of the many individuals who worked to reclaim civil rights sites from demolition, disrepair, and the auction block. Telling these stories is designed not only to generate greater appreciation for the struggle to preserve the sites, but also to encourage local and national communities to make the sites part of the ongoing struggle for justice in America.


Spend the Night with History: The Making of the C&O Canal Quarters Program

Tucked along the C&O Canal (which runs through DC, MD, and WV) are over twenty stone structures that pay testament to the canal era, when boat horns would sound and lock keepers would scamper from the beds to open the locks. Today, visitors are invited to stay overnight in the lockhouses and experience life as a lock keeper–although with no boats to lock through, guests can enjoy their days hiking or biking, and their nights by a campfire.

 

Lockhouse 6 is perched along Lock 6 in Brookmont, MD, at mile marker 5.4
Lockhouse 6 is perched along Lock 6 in Brookmont, MD, at mile marker 5.4

 

The Canal Quarters program, a partnership between the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park, has restored six lockhouses within the Park to provide overnight interpretive experiences for guests. Each has been furnished to depict a different time period from the 1830s to the 1950s, and a stay in all six lockhouses will allow visitors to trace the history of the Canal.

The program was conceived as an innovative way to creatively reuse the deteriorating lockhouses that sat on Park property, and since its launch six years ago, has won three major preservation awards in recognition of its success.

The Park Service handled the rehabilitation and preservation work, and C&O Canal Trust Board Member and project volunteer Robert Mertz handled the furnishings. But he wasn’t preparing a typical furnishing plan, because all six lockhouses would need to host up to eight overnight guests at a time. All furnishings would be touched, sat in, slept in, and cooked on. They also each had to adhere to a different time period in keeping with the interpretive themes.

 

The upper floor of Lockhouse 25 in Poolesville, MD showcases period beds and reproduction trundles.
The upper floor of Lockhouse 25 in Poolesville, MD showcases period beds and reproduction trundles.

 

For beds, he used a combination of single, double, and trundle beds. As he figured out how to sleep eight people while ensuring they would have room to move around when they were awake, he assembled a list of the needed furniture, along with recommendations on sources and cost. He knew everything he selected needed to be durable, and also simple, “as befitted a lower income family” that would be living the life of a lock keeper. An antique enthusiast, Mertz located most of the furnishings at antique shops, estate sales, and auctions.

Canal Quarters Lockhouse 10 contains several of Mertz’s unique finds, including three U.S. Quartermaster Corps M1905 beds and a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) chest owned by the family of Dr. William Knott, a surgeon who served in the 305th Company of the CCC during the 1930s. In the kitchen stand an authentic 1928 Westinghouse stove and a 1934 Kelvinator refrigerator, both restored and fully-functional.

 

The 1930s Westinghouse stove and ice chest are the highlights of Lockhouse 10’s kitchen.
The 1930s Westinghouse stove and ice chest are the highlights of Lockhouse 10’s kitchen.

 

In situations where Mertz couldn’t locate appropriate antiques, he had reproductions made. “For trundle beds in the nineteenth-century lockhouses (22, 25 and 28), Mount Vernon allowed me to photograph and measure a trundle bed they had. A friend who was a skilled cabinet maker made me twelve.”

The Canal Quarters lockhouses have grown in popularity each year they have been open, recently hosting their 11,000th guest. The guest books allow our visitors to record their wonderful adventures. Frequent are stories from children originally loath to unplug from technology all weekend who write joyous accounts of hikes in the woods, the discovery of frogs, the family games of dominos and Lincoln Logs, and the enchantment of living in the forest –iPads and TVs completely forgotten. All lockhouses have also hosted numerous birthday and anniversary parties, holiday celebrations, family reunions – and even a few weddings!

A group of volunteers called Quartermasters are an integral part of the program – they are the caretakers of the lockhouses, helping guests and doing maintenance as needed. It costs between $100-$150 a night to reserve a lockhouse, depending on which one you select. All proceeds from the program go right back into the continued preservation and maintenance of the lockhouses.

 

Lockhouse 10, in Cabin John, MD, features a screened-in porch and is nestled in the trees above the canal and towpath.
Lockhouse 10, in Cabin John, MD, features a screened-in porch and is nestled in the trees above the canal and towpath.

 

You can see more photos of the Canal Quarters and reserve your lockhouse stay by visiting the C&O Canal Trust’s website.

We have also started the rehabilitation of a seventh lockhouse. You can follow along on our blog

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Heidi Glatfelter Schlag is the Director of Communications at the C&O Canal Trust.


Meet a Member: Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

We are excited to launch a new biweekly blog series called “Meet a Member.” AASLH has 5,500 fascinating members working hard for the field of history, and we want to show them off. We will feature one organization and one individual each month.

 

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Member of AASLH since 2007

 

The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. is a women’s history museum owned and interpreted by the historic National Woman’s Party, a leader in the twentieth century campaigns for suffrage and equal rights for women. The Museum, located in the historic headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, preserves the legacy of its members and their tireless efforts to win suffrage and advance equal rights. It is committed to preserving for the community a premier collection of banners, periodicals, photographs and more, and providing resources and support towards the ongoing effort to elevate women’s history.

 

Sewell-Belmont Historic House and Museum by Bruce Guthrie Photography
Sewall-Belmont House & Museum by Bruce Guthrie Photography

When and why was the museum established? 

The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage founded the Woman’s Party in 1916, and later merged the two groups to form the National Woman’s Party (NWP) in 1917. The organization was formed to continue the Congressional Union’s trailblazing lobbying efforts to win woman suffrage via a federal amendment to the Constitution. Members of the National Woman’s Party braved severe weather and angry crowds to picket the White House, demanding democracy and liberty for American women.

After suffrage was won in 1920 through the nineteenth amendment, the National Woman’s Party turned their attention to the attainment of total legal equality for women. This included working for numerous pieces of equality legislation and lobbying extensively for an Equal Rights Amendment.

In 1997, the National Woman’s Party officially transitioned to a 501(c)3 educational organization, and today functions as a Museum dedicated to preserving the collection and educating the public about the incredible activism of American women.

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Tell us about your staff and volunteers.

Currently, the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum has a core staff of four as well as a roster of part-time Museum Assistants. The Museum is led by a Board of Directors comprised of seventeen members who are each active leaders in their fields and in the community. Currently, a small number of volunteers provide research support to the Museum. The Museum also benefits from the talents of several dedicated consultants, a regular Collections Intern, and a maintenance staff person.

 

What does an AASLH membership mean for your museum? How has the museum benefited from AASLH membership?

AASLH membership provides valuable resources, professional development, and community/partnership-building opportunities for our staff and institution that help us to advance our mission of preserving and sharing untold women’s stories for the benefit of our local, national, and international communities.

 

Why is history important to your museum?

History and its enduring importance and relevance—in schools, in communities, and online—is at the core of what we do. In particular, we are committed to raising the profile and widening the reach of women’s history and women’s history sites in order to create a richer and more inclusive history that recognizes women’s extraordinary and continuing contributions.

We find that many visitors to our site are unfamiliar with the long and grueling campaign that American women sustained in order to win the right to vote. We strive to make this history more widely known and appreciated.

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What is happening or upcoming at your institution?

We will wrap up 2015 with a Holiday Open House where we will share special collection items, and open the Museum to self-guided tours.

In 2016, we will mark the centennial of the organization’s founding, and are currently in the process of developing programs, exhibits, and social media initiatives to recognize the strategic and committed organizing that took place 100 years ago when the Woman’s Party officially formed.

Upcoming highlights include our Women’s History Month celebrations and new exhibit opening in March 2016; our continuing partnerships with individuals and organizations including private collector, Ann Lewis, and the Kettering Foundation; and our upcoming social media campaign to highlight key anniversaries and milestones of the National Woman’s Party.

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Is there anything else you would like to share about your institution?

We are currently working towards a number of exciting projects that will increase the visibility of women’s history and augment public access to our collection.

In 2020, we will celebrate the centennial of the passage of the nineteenth amendment granting American women the right to vote. In collaboration with other women’s history institutions and scholars, we are working to develop networks, resources, and programs to reinvigorate this history and celebrate this anniversary on a national scale.

We are also continuing to explore and share our collection and archive through digitization, social media, and our blog. These projects help us to highlight unknown women’s stories and to share more of our immense collection of textiles, periodicals, scrapbooks, lobbying records and more.

We also hope to continue our efforts to bring more women’s history into the classroom by working with school teachers and educators to explore resources and methods for teaching and igniting interest in women’s history. We will continue to partner with organizations offering professional development to educators, and to further develop our own educational resources.

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These answers by Page Harrington, Executive Director of the Museum, were edited for length and clarity. Want to be featured? Email Hannah Hethmon for more information. Click here to read about more featured members. Not a member? Click here to learn more about the benefits of an AASLH membership.