Tour 9: Giving in America: The Material Culture of Philanthropy at the National Museum of American History

Friday, January 5, 2018: 2:00 PM-5:30 PM
Park Tower 8226 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

Tour leader: Amanda Moniz, National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History’s philanthropy initiative invites historians interested in American philanthropy and humanitarianism, broadly conceived, to join Amanda Moniz, the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, for a tour and conversation at the museum.

Launched in 2015, the philanthropy initiative is a long-term project to collect, research, document, and display materials relating to the history and impact of American giving, broadly defined—from gifts of time and expertise to social activism and funding. An annual program, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life, and new exhibition, Giving in America, explore the collaborative power of giving in all forms and at all levels across a wide spectrum of issues and movements. Annual themes focus on specific areas of giving—this year’s focus is sustainability and the environment—and are designed to help visitors make connections between historic and contemporary giving and each individual’s part in future solutions.

During the visit, we will tour the new Giving in America exhibit, discuss the philanthropy collecting plan, and discuss material culture approaches to studying the history of philanthropy.

Please note: The group will travel by Metro (fare card provided); the museum is a 5-minute walk from the Federal Triangle station. The museum is ADA compliant.

Limit 20 people. $10

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