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Founded
1938
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Preserving history, engaging minds, connecting Maine
Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. he Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state.
Founded
1943
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Large
Preserving Vermont's heritage since 1838
Founded in 1838, The Vermont Historical Society engages both Vermonters and "Vermonters at heart" in the exploration of our state's rich heritage. Our purpose is to reach a broad audience through our outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. We believe that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities.
Founded
1995
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Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity.
ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 28,500 square foot, award-winning LEED facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences.
Founded
1929
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A Gateway to Concord's History
The Concord Museum educates visitors of all ages about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life. The Museum's nationally significant collection serves as a catalyst for changing exhibitions, extended classroom learning, dynamic programs and publications relevant to an ever-changing world. Founded in 1886, the Museum is a center of cultural enjoyment for the region and a gateway to the town of Concord for visitors from around the world.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Enriching Island Life Year-Around
The Nantucket Atheneum provides public library service to the island's year-round and seasonal residents, housed in a historic 1847 building and the Weezie Library for Children. The Atheneum collects, organizes and disseminates books, literature and other materials in a variety of formats to help users of all ages meet their recreational, personal, professional and intellectual needs. In keeping with its heritage, the Atheneum also serves as a cultural center for the Nantucket community by sponsoring educational programming and maintaining special collections related to the history and culture of the island.
Founded
1922
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Making accessible the histories of families in America
Since 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 20,000 members nationwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, reputation, and expertise are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and on-line genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research. The NEHGS research library, located in Boston, is home to more than 12 million original documents, artifacts, records, manuscripts, books, family papers, bibles, and photographs dating back more than four centuries. This incredible collection provides unprecedented access to information that is simply not available anywhere else.
Founded
1981
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Engaging and connecting the public to the history, art and culture of Martha's Vineyard
The Martha's Vineyard Museum preserves and interprets collections that engage and connect the public to the Island's history, art and culture. The Museum is committed to aiding in the education of Island school children as well as offering Island residents adult education programs. The organization also publishes The Dukes County Intelligencer, a journal of Vineyard history, as well as other significant books, guides, novels, and brochures. The Museum is open to the public year round.
Founded
1963
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Medium
Bringing the Shaker story to life
Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. Through this story we promote appreciation of the aesthetics, beliefs, achievements and controversies that have defined the Shaker experience in America. The Shakers are a religious order which believed in pacifism, celibacy, and communal living. Worship could take the form of singing and ecstatic dance, which is why they were called the "Shaking Quakers," or "Shakers." The utopian sect is renowned today for its plain architecture and furniture.
Founded
1979
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Medium
Edith Wharton's Home
The Mount is both an historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton. Designed and built by Wharton in 1902, the property includes Wharton's gracious main house and expansive terrace; the historic stable, greenhouse, and gatehouse; and three acres of formal gardens surrounded by extensive woodlands. The Mount is the only monument to Edith Wharton in the United States, and one of just five percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women.
Founded
1993
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Creating and presenting provocative visual and performing arts
MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary arts in the United States. Opened in 1999, it is housed on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. The institution is dedicated to the creation and presentation of provocative visual and performing arts pieces, and of works that blur conventional distinctions between artistic disciplines. In addition, MASS MoCA functions as a laboratory for the contemporary arts, fostering experimentation by artists, encouraging collaborations among institutions, and allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. By coupling the versatility and size of its spaces with the latest technologies, MASS MoCA is able to present and catalyze the creation of works that can be shown nowhere else in the world.
Founded
1944
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Giant
Stimulating the intellect and imagination by providing access to literature, information, nature and the arts
The mission of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is to stimulate the intellect and imagination by providing access to literature, information, nature and the arts. The library first opened its doors to the public in 1894 and is located in the heart of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. The Library is open 65 hours each week, and the collection includes books, magazines, compact discs, DVDs and videos, all totaling more than 170,000 items. The Westerly Public Library is a great resource for the community -- it has something for everyone of every age.
Founded
1925
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Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Island's history.
The Rhode Island Historical Society, believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, collects, preserves, and shares materials from Rhode Island's past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities, and themselves. Pursuing the highest standards of collection, preservation, presentation, and management, the Society encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Rhode Island's varied history.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Having nothing in view but the good of mankind
The Redwood Library and Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. Founded in 1747 by forty-six proprietors upon the principle of "having nothing in view but the good of mankind," its mission continues over 250 years later. One of the country's earliest "public" libraries -- that is, open to the public though not "free"--Redwood is the oldest surviving lending library in the country. Redwood remains a "membership library" (open to the public) supported by Proprietors, who own shares and pay an annual assessment, and Subscribers, who pay fees. The Original Collection of 751 titles has grown to a collection numbering more than 160,000 volumes.
Founded
1928
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Newport history starts here.
The Newport Historical Society is a multi-faceted history-based institution that has three general areas of activity. It retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, documents and properties. It supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history. And, it develops and delivers a variety of educational programs — exhibits, tours, conferences, publications and other formats — to transmit information and open dialogs with the public about history. As a small organization with significant holdings and a large mission, it is specifically a component of the NHS' strategic plan to work as much with other organizations as possible to expand its reach. We are relentless collaborators. Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved five centuries of history and continues to document Newport's unique contribution to our national narrative. The mission of NHS is also to chronicle and interpret this history for a broad audience, so that knowledge of our past will contribute to a deeper understanding of the present and better preparation for the future.
Founded
1938
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Adventures in Art & History
The Mattatuck Museum is an art and regional history museum on the Green in downtown Waterbury, starting out as a historical society in 1877. The Museum opened its first display hall in 1912 and has been exhibiting art ever since. The museum collects and exhibits American art and cultural history – with a focus on the history of the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut.
Founded
1950
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Large
Explore the past, imagine the future
The Fairfield Museum and History Center believes in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society. We connect people around the complex history of Fairfield and neighboring communities so that together we may shape a more informed future. As a public forum for the process of shared discovery, we celebrate and cultivate the elements that create and bind community: complex stories from multiple points of view that explore the diverse legacies of our region.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Enriching minds. Enhancing community.
The Ridgefield Library is a vital resource for the community- not only in what it has to offer in terms of resources and services, but also in terms of its warm, helpful staff. With over 1,100 daily visitors, The Ridgefield Library serves a large number of new and returning patrons. We are actively involved with the life of our community and seek to serve our patrons with excellence. The Library is an intellectual and cultural center for Ridgefield, offering a supportive, welcoming environment that encourages all to read, discover, question exchange ideas, and grow.
Founded
1957
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Large
Explore our Colorful Past!
The Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission at the Bush-Holley Historic Site since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. The circa 1730 structure began life as a home for prosperous merchants and gained recognition later as a boarding house and gathering place for many prominent American artists and writers. It is a National Historic Landmark, a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 18 museums in Connecticut participating in the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Greenwich Historical Society also boasts an extensive research library and archives that contain over 1,200 linear feet of archival material; it is home to the Vanderbilt Education Center, which accommodates lectures, family programs and hands-on activities; and it includes the 1805 Storehouse Gallery, a former warehouse, store and post office that features rotating exhibitions and a museum store.
Founded
1946
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Home of American Impressionism
The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut. The Museum achieves this goal through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of original artifacts of American art and history. To this end, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of the nation's artistic accomplishments and the region's distinctive cultural history.
Founded
1969
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America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center
To be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.
Founded
1978
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Enhancing the spirit and enriches the lives of Port Washington and surrounding regions.
Landmark on Main Street is the product of more than ten years of visionary planning and dedicated work by the citizens of Port Washington. It developed out a commitment to preserve an historic landmark, the Main Street School, and to enhance community life. A unique model of community development, Landmark is a collaboration of civic-minded individuals, government, business, and not-for-profit organizations all sharing the belief that a community's commitment to a richer cultural, recreational, civic, educational and social life and the celebration of diversity benefits the quality of life for all.
Founded
1993
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Tiny
Celebrating Independent Film
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film long, short, fiction and documentary and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.
Founded
1923
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Freedom to create
In 1907 The MacDowell Colony was founded with the mission to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. In 1997, The MacDowell Colony was honored with the National Medal of Arts — the highest award given by the United States to artists or arts patrons.
Founded
1933
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Fostering awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage
Founded in 1892, the mission of the American Jewish Historical Society is to foster awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage and to serve as a national scholarly resource for research through the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials relating to American Jewish history. The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. The Society's library, archives, photograph, and art and artifacts collections document the American Jewish experience.
Founded
1971
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From inspiration to publication
Poets & Writers (P&W) is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The mission of P&W is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the U.S. literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. P&W's programs introduce writers to the larger literary community and connect them to audiences, making today's writing visible and accessible in major cities and small towns across the country.
Founded
1977
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Dedicated to presenting the work of contemporary artists in New York's public spaces
The Public Art Fund (PAF) is New York's leading presenter of artists' projects, new commissions, and exhibitions in public spaces. Since its founding in 1977, PAF has been committed to working with emerging and established artists to produce innovative exhibitions of contemporary art for neighborhoods throughout New York City. By bringing artworks outside the traditional context of museums and galleries, the Public Art Fund provides a unique platform for an unparalleled public encounter with the art of our time. Since its founding PAF has presented more than five hundred artists' projects throughout New York, making it possible for artists to engage diverse audiences and, along the way, redefine what public art is in relation to the changing nature of contemporary art.
Founded
1978
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Giant
Fostering artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs
Symphony Space fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. Reaching audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, and - through distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, pod casts and touring - the nation, we: present and produce a calendar of innovative, multidisciplinary arts events; provide a first-rate affordable facility for artists and producers; nurture relationships with established and emerging artists and other cultural organizations who will use Symphony Space as a venue for adventurous artistic growth; and take a position of leadership in curriculum-based arts education for children and adults.
Founded
1986
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Celebrate the best of American literature
The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. Our BookUp program is an after-school program designed to motivate young people to stay involved with books and reading for pleasure throughout their middle-school years, with the hope they will develop into lifelong readers. The program introduces activities that emphasize reading as both fun and interactive. We have chosen to focus on middle-school students because studies show that this is the age when children are most at risk to stop reading.
Founded
1986
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Tiny
Art Grows Here
Founded in 1986 by artists for artists, The Field is dedicated to providing strategic services to thousands of performing artists and companies in New York City and beyond. We foster creative exploration, steward innovative management strategies, and are delighted to help artists reach their fullest potential. We remain true to our grassroots origin and artist-centered mission to strategically serve the myriad artistic and administrative needs of independent performing artists and companies who work in the fields of dance, theater, music, text, and performance art. Our core values of affordability, accessibility, and rigorous delivery infuse all of our interactions.
Founded
1993
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Large
Providing funding for the Western Wall
In 1988, the government of Israel established the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The Foundation's objective is to convey to all segments of the Jewish people the values inherent in the heritage of the Western Wall, to preserve and develop the Western Wall and its Tunnels, and to develop educational frameworks that make Jews everywhere feel closer to Jerusalem. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation funds its Israeli counterpart in physically maintaining and renovating the area of the Western Wall. This includes providing funding for paving and expanding the Western Wall Plaza, preserving the stones of the Wall, and preparing the Western Wall Tunnels for the close to three million visitors who have, so far, been awed by them.
Founded
1994
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Medium
Bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage
Founded by Ciarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre (IRT) opened its doors in September 1988. The mission of the theatre is to: bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures. In 1995, IRT made its permanent home in Chelsea, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The IRT is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.
Founded
1992
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Connecting the past with the present while serving as a guide for the future.
The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. Housed in an historic bank building on Wall Street, the Museum's magnificent grand mezzanine banking hall provides an ideal setting for permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton. The Museum is an independent, Smithsonian affiliate creating non-ideological presentations and programs for purposes of education and general public awareness. Financial education is at the core of the Museum's mission, seeking to promote lifelong learning and inquiry.
Founded
1993
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Supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult
RIOULT Dance NY is committed to supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult; to communicating the essence and intensity of his artistic vision; to sustaining its company of dancers; and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance at home and through touring, nationally and internationally. Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. The New York City-based dance company presents an annual New York season, tours nationally and internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers dance training to the public through classes, workshops, and intensives.
Founded
1987
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Strengthening, nurturing and promoting the professional not-for-profit American theatre
The mission of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. Over the last 45 years, TCG's constituency has grown from a tiny network of groundbreaking theatres to over 460 members across the country, as well as over 17,000 individuals nationwide. Today, our programs further our core values of fostering connection, embracing diversity and supporting artistry in the American theatre. In all our endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of our member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of and appreciation for the theatre.
Founded
1963
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Small
Supporting and advancing lifelong learning opportunities in the arts
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities, funding, and advocacy on behalf of the field. Our more than 400 member institutions include community schools of the arts; arts centers; and arts education divisions of performing arts institutions, universities, museums, and other institutions. They are located in urban, suburban, and rural communities in 45 states.
Founded
1955
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Providing access to high-quality programs and services that educate and inspire for a lifetime
WMHT Educational Telecommunications, located in New York State's Capital Region, is the only full-service public broadcaster serving Eastern New York and Western New England. WMHT operates public television stations WMHT and WMHT-DT, public radio stations WMHT-FM 89.1 and WRHV-FM 88.7, WEXT-FM 97.7 and RISE, a radio reading service for the blind and print-disabled. As the premiere public media station in Tech Valley and New York's Capital Region, WMHT will build a stronger community by providing all citizens access to programs and services that improve our quality of life, expand our cultural horizons and promote a better understanding of our diverse community, nation and world.
Founded
1951
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Where the Earth comes to life
The Paleontological Research Institution serves society by increasing and disseminating knowledge about the history of life on Earth. Founded in 1932, PRI has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.). PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public. PRI's Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the public an opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. In 2013, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest public venue for education. The Nature Center cultivates an appreciation and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education and the goal is to create a premier educational center for teaching and learning about the impact of climate change. PRI is separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.
Founded
1973
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Making the visual and performing arts an integral and accessible part
View is dedicated to making the visual and performing arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of residents and visitors of the Adirondacks, inspired by and reflecting the beauty of our natural environment. View fulfills this mission year-round through; - An extensive offering of exhibitions of regional and national interest and impact, with a special emphasis on the presentation of the work of living artists, and - Workshops and classes, public performances, lectures, and other activities for personal enrichment and involvement, and - Space where artists and performers can develop and share their talents. In so doing, View will serve as a catalyst for encouraging the creative spirit that has long been an Adirondack tradition.
Founded
1987
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Experience New Jersey's cultural heritage
A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor's Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. Home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.
Founded
1989
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Inspiring Providence and its visitors
WaterFire Providence is an independent, nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence's renaissance. WaterFire's over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island's capital city.
Founded
1989
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Bringing the world's best performers to Boston
The Celebrity Series Mission: To present world-class performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.The Celebrity Series Vision: We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience - on stages, in schools, in homes - everywhere.
Founded
1991
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Inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in North America, and the inspiration for America's public parks. A National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum, and urban wildlife sanctuary, Mount Auburn's beauty, historical associations, architecture, monuments, landscapes, and horticultural collections are internationally renowned. Mount Auburn serves as a 175-acre community resource, an urban oasis, and a museum of art and horticultural treasures. It is open 365 days a year, welcoming 250,000 visitors annually from around the world.The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery seeks support from its members, other individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies. It receives gifts for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of its historic monuments, structures, and archives.
Founded
2004
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Tiny
Inspiring Better Cities
Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. Next City provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world. In an age when original, on-the-ground reporting is increasingly rare, we send our writers into urban communities around the world to produce our award-winning longform content. In addition to our online journalism, we produce events including an annual urban leadership conference, Vanguard.
Founded
1924
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Educating the public about the heritage and history of Lancaster
LancasterHistory.org is a community-based organization established to educate the public on the history of Lancaster County and its place in the history of Pennsylvania and the United States, to advance the missions of regional historical organizations, and to promote the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of resources representing the history of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania within the broader context of state and national history, including the life and legacy of America's fifteenth president, James Buchanan, and to preserve and maintain Wheatland, his home.
Founded
1934
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Giant
Connecting readers and rare books
The Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) is America's first successful lending library and oldest cultural institution. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, LCP is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th through 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the LCP houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs and works of art. The mission of the LCP is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials within our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, an online public access catalog, and regular exhibitions and public programs.
Founded
1989
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At the intersection of heritage, faith and community
Partners for Sacred Places was founded in 1989 by a national task force of religious, historic preservation and philanthropic leaders. Partners for Sacred Places brings together a national network of expert professionals who understand the value of a congregation's architectural assets, its worth as a faith community, and the significance of its service to the community at large. Through their training programs, information clearinghouse, and professional network, they have helped congregations in all 50 states. Partners is the only national advocate for the sound stewardship and active community use of America's older religious properties. Informed by its research, Partners is building a shared sense of responsibility for the future of sacred places.
Founded
1970
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Preserving the architectural and cultural resources that make Franklin and Williamson County so unique.
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County protects and preserves the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County. We promote the revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. For 46 years, the Heritage Foundation has been the one consistent advocate of the quality of life we all hold precious.
Founded
1971
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Tiny
The Capital Region's cultural development organization
The Greater Hartford Arts Council (GHAC) is a leader and catalyst for the promotion, fundraising and coordination of arts and heritage programs that help celebrate our diverse cultures, enliven the spirit, and enrich the economy of Connecticut's Capital Region. The Arts Council's annual United Arts Campaign provides grants and services to more than 150 organizations throughout the region each year. A rigorous application and review process compels both collaboration and financial discipline among the recipient groups. Through its United Arts Campaign and professional technical assistance programs, the Arts Council occupies a unique role in Greater Hartford's civic life by providing value-added support and services.
Founded
1971
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Engage through Art and Ideas
Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' mission is to enrich our community through transformative arts and educational experiences. Our Core Purpose is to Engage through Art and Ideas. We fulfill our purpose by offering high quality programming in a variety of disciplines. Often theatre, music, the visual arts and humanities come together to explore an idea or theme that is relevant to our time. This unique, multidisciplinary approach to arts education allows us to present some of the world's most interesting artists, musicians, authors, filmmakers, authors and playwrights. With equal emphasis on the visual arts, the performing arts and the humanities, the Center has made a commitment to exploring issues from the perspectives of each of these three disciplines.
Founded
1972
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Preserving New York's unique architectural heritage
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, revitalizing, and reusing architecturally significant buildings in New York City and State. Since 1973, the Conservancy has advocated for preservation in Washington, Albany, and at City Hall. Since its founding, the Conservancy has provided more than $30 million in grants and low-interest loans, accompanied by countless hours of hands-on technical consulting, to owners of historic homes, businesses, schools, houses of worship, theaters, cultural institutions, affordable housing units, and community centers. This work revitalizes neighborhoods and preserves the character of our City for future generations.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Producing and broadcasting quality programming on California's Central Coast
KCBX is a cultural resource which exists to enlighten and enrich the quality of life for the people within its listening area. KCBX will strive to serve the listening public with interests in classical music, jazz, alternative musical arts, and public affairs programs and will encourage an interest in and appreciation of fine arts and issue oriented news for the people of our community.
Founded
1974
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Americans in alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Founded in 1973, The Royal Oak Foundation is the United States affiliate of The National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Royal Oak raises funds for the conservation of historic properties including houses and gardens in Britain and elsewhere and sponsors educational programs which address issues in conservation and preservation. Royal Oak offers lecture programs which address the topics of art, architecture, collections, garden and landscape design, social history and conservation and preservation. Royal Oak also sponsors a biennial competition in the Architectural Arts and promotes scholarship through ICOMOS, Attingham Summer School and now the Damaris Horan Prize Landscape History Fellowship.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Cultivating an understanding of our history and culture
Serving Nebraska since 1973, the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) enhances the quality of life in communities across our state through programs that study the human race, its achievements, its creations, its dreams and aspirations, its failures and triumphs. The NHC promotes a better understanding of Nebraska - who we are and where we have been - to build a better future. The NHC enriches peoples' lives through programs incorporating history, literature, music, politics, philosophy, and other humanities-based disciplines that illuminate the human condition.
Founded
1974
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Expanding public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States
Founded in 1974 by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the Supreme Court Historical Society is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Society accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs, supporting historical research, publishing books, journals, and electronic materials, and by collecting antiques and artifacts related to the Court's history. These activities and others increase the public's awareness of the Court's contributions to our nation's rich constitutional heritage.
Founded
1989
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The legacy of Helen Clay Frick
The Frick Art & Historical Center is open to the public thanks to the generosity of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick. When the Frick family moved to New York in 1905, Helen remained attached to Clayton, her Pittsburgh home. Her long-time wish was for Clayton and the surrounding estate to be preserved and opened to the public after her death. In 1970, Helen had The Frick Art Museum constructed to allow public enjoyment of her art collection. Miss Frick returned to Pittsburgh in 1981 and lived at Clayton until her death in 1984. Open to the public in 1990, Clayton now welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year and provides them with an intimate glimpse into the life of the Frick family a century ago.
Founded
2005
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Preserves and interprets the evolving history
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum in Oklahoma City collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs and ground-breaking scholarly research to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of our American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.
Founded
1987
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A gathering place by the water
Minnetrista is a gathering place that focuses on the exploration of nature, history, gardens and art; where vibrant, audience-centered experiences honor our heritage and inspire the future of our region. Minnetrista's forty-acre campus includes beautiful gardens, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway. Minnetrista, "a gathering place by the water," takes its name from the original F. C. Ball home that once stood at the location of our Center Building. Our name now applies to our entire community, as Minnetrista keeps this name alive through programming, workshops, and exhibits, creating a gathering place for all.
Founded
2007
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Fostering economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide
Over the past 10 years, the International Folk Art Alliance (previously known as the Sante Fe International Folk Art Market) has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. Allied with the world's master folk artists, IFAA supports communities around the world to have clean drinking water, girls in school, improved health care and thriving folk art communities. Together, we will continue to create a world that values the humanity of the hand-made, honors timeless cultural traditions, and embraces the vision of dignified livelihoods for folk artists across the globe.
Founded
1987
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Supporting the freedom of all Chicagoans to read, to learn and to discover
The Chicago Public Library Foundation was established in 1986 as an independent educational organization dedicated to working with the City of Chicago in a true public/private partnership to enrich the collections and programs of the Chicago Public Library. The Foundation has provided start-up funding for new programs, such as technology and expanded Sunday and evening service hours, that are now included in the Library's city-funded budget. The Foundation also provides on-going funding for collections, book acquisition and a variety of community-based programs that contribute to the excellence of the Library.
Founded
1994
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Small
Supporting a creative America
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) strives to better inform philanthropic practice to effectively address the urgent needs facing artists, arts organizations, and arts educators in communities across America. They are the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations. GIA provides conferences, workshops, and webinars; publications including the GIA Reader; research and policy work across the field of philanthropy; and communication tools on their website.
Founded
1955
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Where the past is present
Since its founding in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The DHS educates and inspires our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region's shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences; its vision is to create a shared sense of community and pride by celebrating the history and unique culture of our region. The Society is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the more than 200,000 artifacts held in the collections.
Founded
1989
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Tiny
Creating vibrant theater experiences that engage, educate & inspire young people and their communities.
The mission of the Children's Theatre of Madison (CTM) is to create vibrant theater experiences that engage, educate & inspire young people and their communities. Founded in 1965, CTM is a Madison institution providing exceptional theatre productions for family audiences. By casting adult and child actors in professionally produced plays, we have occupied a unique niche, for decades, as Madison's premier theater for all ages. The Overture Center, and its predecessor the Madison Civic Center, has been our home for over 30 years.
Founded
1976
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To produce living theatre for the entertainment and edification of the Twin Cities
Park Square Theatre seeks to enrich our community by producing and presenting exceptional live theatre that touches the heart, engages the mind, and delights the spirit.
Founded
1980
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Small
An independent publisher of literature
Founded in 1980, Milkweed Editions is an independent book publisher. Our mission is to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it. As a nonprofit organization, Milkweed Editions depends on the generosity of institutions and individuals, in addition to revenue generated by sales of the books we publish. In an increasingly consolidated book business, this support allows us to select and publish books on the basis of their literary quality and transformative potential.
Founded
1960
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Providing vital support to the Saint Paul Public Library
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a private membership organization established in 1945 to support the Saint Paul Public Library. Today, The Friends boasts a membership of close to 2,000 individuals. The Friends' mission is to increase the use of the Library through public awareness and cultural programming; advocate for strong public funding of the Library; and provide private funding to enhance Library services. The Friends will provide the necessary support to ensure that the Saint Paul Public Library is among the foremost library systems in the United States.
Founded
1964
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Where fun and learning flow together
The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has its roots in the Richard Herrmann Museum of Natural History, established in the 1870s. The DCHS was formed in 1950 as a private, non-profit organization with a focus on oral and archival history; and it opened its first museum, the Mathias Ham House, in 1964. Over the past 25 years the DCHS has successfully raised $54 million to organize and expand its Mississippi River Museum into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums - a distinction held by only 9 percent of American museums, was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2002, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2009.
Founded
1977
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Tiny
Bringing media to life
Established in 1992, the Vitae Foundation is focused on educating about the value and sanctity of human life and restoring this value as a core belief in the American culture. The key focus of the Vitae strategy is to use mass media, namely television, radio, print and online media, as the venues for sharing educational messages. These mass media messages are intended to: encourage internal reflection and value formation when strategically placed during the T.V. and online programming viewed/searched by a target audience, and to assist women, troubled by an untimely pregnancy, find loving assistance in their community. Vitae believes in the power of the research based message. Educational messages that are respectful, helpful, and encourage dialogue in a non-threatening manner, have become the hallmark of the Vitae success.
Founded
1981
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Home of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival
Lutheran Music Program transforms lives and connects people through faith and music. The three values which we embrace are musical excellence, Lutheran faith and a nurturing community. Our vision is to see churches and communities renewed through music for the sake of the world. Founded in 1981, Lutheran Music Program is home to Lutheran Summer Music (LSM), a four-week residential training and performance program. Each summer, LSM brings together 150+ band, orchestra, choir, and keyboard students from the U.S. and abroad in a supportive, intentional community.
Founded
1977
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Medium
Offering a daily service of news, music and information
High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) was founded in 1977 for the expressed purpose of enriching the educational, cultural, and community life of the High Plains region. It is also dedicated to developing the self-identity of the High Plains so that the region might better appreciate its common heritage and build a sustainable future. It pursues this mission through public radio broadcasting because the medium is economical and accessible to nearly everyone. HPPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio serving western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
Founded
1959
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Giant
Exciting and informing people about the natural world
The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As the only natural history museum in the state, the Museum welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour.
Founded
1990
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Medium
Providing children of all ages access to professional theatre
Founded in 1975, Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) is the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. Our programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts. The mission of Seattle Children's Theatre is to provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education. Since its inception, Seattle Children's Theatre has strived to provide innovative artistic programming and professional theatre for the young people and families of the Puget Sound region. SCT reaches approximately 250,000 children, parents and teachers annually through its programs.
Founded
1975
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Tiny
Independent, post-partisan news and views.
Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. Promoting voices and perspectives under-represented in the media, FSTV broadcasts and webcasts independently-produced programs addressing social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. Featured programs include Democracy Now!, The Thom Hartmann Program, Gay USA and investigative documentaries. FSTV airs on DISH Network (9415), DIRECTV (348), Roku and community cable affiliates. Programming streams on www.freespeech.org and is syndicated on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. FSTV broadcasts are commercial-free and viewer supported. Free Speech TV is owned and operated by Public Communicators.
Founded
1976
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Large
Educating, informing and entertaining
The mission of Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) is to educate, inform and entertain by providing services to Hawaii, the nation and the international community that would not otherwise be available. HPR was founded in the fall of 1981 with the launching of KHPR. Statewide coverage was begun when KKUA's transmitter on Haleakala brought KHPR's signal to Maui and parts of the Big Island in April of 1988. The second program stream, KIPO 89.3 FM, began broadcasting jazz and folk music in October 1989, and a third service, KIFO 1380 AM began broadcasting in 1990, simulcasting with KIPO for the most part.
Founded
1976
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Our Mission: Values into Action Our Core Values: Integrity, Perseverance and Civic Responsibility
Friends of Hildene raised the money to purchase the Hildene estate in 1978 and began the long process of restoring the home and gardens. The formal gardens, designed by Jesse Lincoln for her mother Mary, include many of the original plantings from 1907 and produce thousands of peony blooms each June. Hildene became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. Today, Hildene's staff and volunteers welcome thousands of guests daily to the Lincoln home, exhibits, restored 1903 Pullman car, farms and walking trails.
Founded
1962
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Medium
Promoting the history of the Capitol and Congress
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions and the people who have served therein. The Society continues exploring and instituting new and creative ways to bring the fascinating story of the Capitol, its institutions and our national history to people around the world. Society activities include educational tours, scholarly symposia, observances of historic events, enhancement and preservation of the Capitol's collection of art and artifacts, sponsorship of research on the public careers of those who have served in the Capitol, the sale of publications and mementos of historical nature and assistance to Congressional and other Capitol offices.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Promoting national healing, and educating on the Vietnam War era
As the founders of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund works to preserve the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to promote healing and to educate about the impact of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was initially conceived with one overriding purpose -- to bring long overdue honor and recognition to the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in Vietnam. Today, the Memorial has transcended its role as a national symbol of reconciliation and stands as a living history lesson. The Memorial is unique in its ability to inspire exploration and reflection about this critical time in our nation's past, with a wiser eye toward the future. More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall by visitors since its dedication in 1982.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Promoting the educational mission and goals of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Based in Washington, DC, the Ellington Fund (the Fund) is the charitable arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). The mission is to support several programs at DESA that are not funded by the DC Public School System (DCPS). The Fund provides critical services as it seeks to bridge the gap between DCPS budget allocations and the actual cost of DESA's dual arts/academic curriculum. The Fund provides 25% of the school's revenues and, together with the school, supports 540 high school students who come from all Wards of the city, with many not being able to otherwise afford the costs of an arts education. Ellington has a 99% graduation rate and 95% college acceptance rate, which is remarkable, as many of our students enter 9th grade at or below reading and math proficiency levels.
Founded
1988
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Giant
Upholding the public's freedom of access to knowledge
Chartered in 1891, The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to provide all segments of Philadelphia's diverse population with a comprehensive collection of recorded knowledge, ideas, artistic expression and information in a variety of media, including current technology; to assure ease of access to these materials; and to provide programs to stimulate the awareness and use of these resources. In addition, The Free Library creates a welcoming and inspiring environment for learning and promotes individual enlightenment, community enrichment and economic vitality throughout the region.
Founded
1982
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Giant
The wonder of women in the arts
Incorporated in 1981, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To fulfill this mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a quarterly magazine and books on women artists, and supports a network of state and international committees. NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines.
Founded
1983
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Small
Musical performances and programs that educate and entertain
Since its founding in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's influence and reputation has reached far beyond Western Maryland. It is one of only four professional symphony orchestras in Maryland and has become a first-class orchestra of exceptional artistic quality. By keeping in mind its mission to provide musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra remains one of the area's greatest treasures.
Founded
1983
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Illuminating and protecting the legacy of the 37th President
Created in 1983, the Richard Nixon Foundation is an educational institution. Its mission is to illuminate and protect the legacy of the 37th President though its own programs as well as by supporting programs and exhibits at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. At the Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, special free admission days throughout the year encourage community involvement.
Founded
1985
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Respect. Honor. Remember.
The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has built the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which is visited by more than 200,000 people annually. In addition the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has successfully lobbied for a federal law requiring all American flags to be lowered to half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15th).
Founded
1993
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Small
Connecting you to America's story.
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country's heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy.As the National Archives' nonprofit partner, the Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America's records to people around the U.S. and the world.
Founded
1931
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Giant
Enhancing the public understanding and appreciation of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis
The mission of The George Washington Foundation is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families. In 1922, an energetic and far-sighted group of people led by Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming, rallied the resources to purchase Kenmore, the Fredericksburg house completed in 1775 by George Washington's sister Betty and her husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis. Launching the campaign to save Kenmore, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge said, "It ought to be preserved for its own sake. It must be preserved for patriotic America."
Founded
1988
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Giant
Saving America's Civil War Battlefields
Since 1987, the Civil War Trust has been America's largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust's 49,000 members and 200,000+ Facebook fans have helped save over 42,600 acres of hallowed ground in 23 states. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to teach the public of the war's history and the conflicts that sparked it. Public education programs offered by the Trust include: Free GPS-enabled iPhone & Android Battle Apps, its quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine, annual Teacher Institutes, Civil War Discovery Trail, battlefield interpretation & Park Day. The Trust's educational website includes animated battle maps, videos, historic maps and photos, quizzes, lesson plans for teachers. Recent efforts have saved key land at Chancellorsville in Va., Shiloh and Franklin in Tenn. & Gettysburg in Pa. Saved battlefields also provide economic benefits including jobs to local communities.
Founded
1959
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Giant
One hundred acres of history, habitats and horticulture
The story of Maymont began in 1893, when a wealthy Richmond couple, James and Sallie Dooley, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. Upon their deaths and according to their wishes, Maymont - including its architectural complex, the 100-acre landscape, and a collection of exquisite furnishings - was left to the people of Richmond. In 1975, the Maymont Foundation assumed the role of manager, promoter and developer of Maymont under terms of an agreement and contract with the property owner, the City of Richmond. The Maymont Foundation seeks to preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.
Founded
1955
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Large
Preserving and promoting the art of Charleston and the American South
The Gibbes Museum of Art is temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The Gibbes Museum of Art offers through collection, exhibition, interpretation, and educational opportunities a thorough knowledge of the visual culture of Charleston, the Lowcountry, and the American South from the Colonial Era through today. The Museum engages adults and children, residents and visitors in the beauty, boldness, and artistic achievement of this unique American region.
Founded
1941
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Large
Collecting, preserving, and publishing the state's history
In 1855 some of South Carolina's most distinguished citizens came together to record and preserve the past - for the sake of the future. Motivating them was the fear that if they did not act, South Carolina's rich historical legacy would be lost to future generations. They founded the South Carolina Historical Society, which today is the state's oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina history. The mandate of our founders remains our mission today: to collect information respecting every portion of our state, to preserve it, and when deemed advisable, to publish it. The Society's holdings are vast and grow constantly with the addition of materials from 200 years ago and from two weeks ago.
Founded
1963
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Small
Stewards of Columbia's past, present and future
Founded in 1983, Historic Columbia is dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage. Historic Columbia's properties includes historic house museums (the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site, Modejska Monteith Simkins House, Seibels House and Garden, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home) and more than 14 acres of landscaping featuring gardens that range from an expansive park-like setting with a formal garden to a traditional 19th-century swept yard.
Founded
1951
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Large
Collecting, examining, teaching Georgia history
Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the state's oldest cultural organization and first and only statewide historical society. GHS is an educational and research institution created to preserve and interpret Georgia history and the state's role in American history through a variety of educational programs, publications, and research services. Headquartered in Savannah with an office in Atlanta, GHS has 6,000 individual members and nearly 200 affiliate chapters.
Founded
1982
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Small
Home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Founded in 1982, the mission of the Museum of Aviation is to meticulously preserve our nation's military history while growing exceptional future leaders through education and inspiration.
Founded
1960
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Medium
Tune in. Find out.
WJCT is the community-supported public broadcasting station for the First Coast. WJCT offers the finest national and local programming through its cutting-edge broadcast facilities - WJCT-TV, WJCT-FM and WJCT Online. For nearly 50 years, WJCT has been a trusted community resource that educates, entertains, and empowers First Coast citizens through excellent programming and exceptional outreach. Our vision is for WJCT to be the primary resource for quality programming, educational outreach and balanced, in-depth information on matters of local, national and global importance. As a dynamic force on the First Coast, WJCT works to forge a community of educated, engaged and informed citizens.
Founded
1980
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Small
A living memorial through education
The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center has a two-fold mission: To document and present an enduring, historically accurate record of the Holocaust through eyewitness accounts by Survivors, Liberators, Rescuers, and others who survived terrifying experiences, overcame fear and grief, and triumphed to live meaningful and productive lives. To teach people from all walks of life the universal lessons of the Holocaust, through thought-provoking exhibitions and insightful programming, illuminating the catastrophic ramifications of prejudice, racism, stereotyping, and bullying which tragically still occur today. This is accomplished through the cultivation of alliance and cooperation with individuals, organizations and institutions, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Founded
1997
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Large
Investing in the cultural and educational life of every Nashville citizen
Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) raises private funds to enhance the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library. Private support through the Foundation funds exceptional programming and extraordinary spaces. For example, the Limitless Libraries partnership redefines the role of the public library by giving students in all Metro Nashville Public Schools access to more than 2 million books and other materials delivered right to their school library.
Founded
1970
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Tiny
To provide education and cultural enrichment for the greater Baton Rouge region
The Baton Rouge Symphony's mission is to develop and maintain a financially sound, first-class symphony orchestra with a regional and national profile which will provide education and cultural enrichment for the people of the greater Baton Rouge region and neighboring communities.
Founded
1964
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Small
Preserving the history and culture of the Cherokee people
The Cherokee National Historical Society was formed in 1963 by a group of visionary Cherokee citizens who shared a desire to establish a permanent culture keeping institution for the Cherokee people. To accomplish their goals, they established the Cherokee Heritage Center. The mission of the Center is to promote, preserve and teach the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center's Education Department helps further the mission by presenting programs that incorporate the Cherokee culture through hosting a variety of hands-on cultural classes, special living classroom events, Cherokee games and offering a college level studies program for adult students.
Founded
1957
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Large
Preserving the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island
Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and reincorporated in 1954 as a non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last 60 years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.
Founded
1942
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Medium
The Authority on Texas History Since 1897
Founded in 1897, the Texas State Historical Association works to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas. The association's publications include the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, more than 150 scholarly books, the Texas Almanac, and the well-known Handbook of Texas Online.
Founded
1986
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A kaleidoscope of sights and sounds
The Grand 1894 Opera House was founded in 1986 to sponsor and promote cultural and educational programs and other activities for the residents of Galveston and adjacent communities, and to maintain and preserve The Grand Opera House complex as a historic structure. One of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Grand provides cultural and education programs to the extraordinarily diverse community of the Houston, Galveston, and Gulf Coast area. The Grand presents professional touring productions which include dance, theatre, opera, comedy and musicals, as well as 30 student and family programs throughout the year by professional touring companies, including outreach to the schools.
Founded
1984
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Medium
Telling the story of John Steinbeck's rich legacy
The mission of the National Steinbeck Center is to tell the story of John Steinbeck's rich legacy and to present, create and explore stories of the human condition. Located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, the Center offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs. In the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, literature jumps off the printed page and into your imagination. Discover Steinbeck's world through interactive, multisensory exhibits for all ages, rare artifacts, and seven themed theaters showcasing East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and much more. Explore the stories of the Salinas Valley from field to fork in the Rabobank Agriculture Museum, and enjoy changing art and cultural exhibits in the our multiple gallery spaces.
Founded
1973
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Giant
Discover the past, share the adventure
Founded in 1983, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and helping to preserve the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo people (also called the Anasazi) of the American Southwest. We conduct long-term archaeological research into the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest, with a focus on the Mesa Verde region in southwestern Colorado. We also teach the public about archaeology, history, and culture through a variety of hands-on experiences.
Founded
1983
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Small
Your News. Your Music. Your Station.
Aspen Public Radio supports, nourishes, and enriches our community by providing informative, entertaining and educational radio programming in a reliable and professional manner. Aspen Public Radio, broadcasting on KAJX, Aspen and KCJX, Carbondale, is a public radio station located in Aspen, Colorado. It serves communities in the Roaring Fork, Crystal, Colorado, Frying Pan and Eagle River valleys. The station is run by Roaring Fork Public Radio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Founded
1993
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Medium
Music ~ Ideas ~ Community
eTown is a weekly radio show featuring performances by top musical artists and conversations and information about the world around us. Now in it's 24th year, eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.Each week, the show honors an eCheivement award winner nominated by our listeners. These individuals are champions of social responsibility and environmental sustainability, making a difference in their community.The show is taped in front of a live audience at eTown Hall, the greenest music, media and community center in Colorado. eTown can be heard on NPR, public and commercial stations nationwide.
Founded
1964
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Small
Enriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history
The Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history. The Aspen Historical Society actively preserves and passionately presents our local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor our community and its evolving character. We enhance the lives of those with whom we work and live. We offer a compelling reason to live in and to visit Aspen/Snowmass.
Founded
1991
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Medium
Exploring and protecting the places of our past
Founded in 1989, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.
Founded
1979
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Medium
Introducing audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music
Founded by artists in 1978, On the Boards introduces audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new works by Northwest performing artists. Our primary activities are: the Inter/National Series, presenting artists from around the world; the Northwest Series, commissioning, producing and presenting works by artists and companies from our region; OntheBoards.tv, a video-on-demand platform presenting filmic versions of contemporary performances; the NW New Works Festival, an annual 2-week festival; and 12 Minutes Max, a monthly showcase of local artists.
Founded
1987
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Small
Dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to give financial grants, through a peer review process, to individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts; serve as a professional information resource for artists and encourage artists to support each other; and, provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State and for the merit and integrity of artists' work.
Founded
1966
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Tiny
Step into a uniquely American story
Founded in 1966, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience works to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences. Our facilities offers three floors to tell our communities' stories, with contemporary galleries showcasing both temporary and permanent exhibitions as well as preserved historic spaces. Beyond our walls, we like to tell the story of our neighborhood, Seattle's Chinatown-International District. The Wing offers guided neighborhood tours and events that will encourage you to discover stories and tastes both on- and off-the-beaten path.
Founded
1952
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Medium
Stimulating public exploration of the past
California's Historical Society's mission is to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. CHS stimulates public exploration of the past through exhibitions and public programs statewide, fosters scholarship through research collections and publications, and promotes history education in California. CHS shares its collections through an exhibition gallery in the heart of the Yerba Buena district.
Founded
1975
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Small
Publisher of Mother Jones magazine
Established in 1976, the Foundation for National Progress (FNP) exists to publish and support Mother Jones magazine. Mother Jones is a news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. We currently have two main channels: an award-winning bimonthly national magazine (circulation 240,000), and a website featuring new, original reporting. The foundation also supports the leading independent hands-on training program for emerging journalists, the Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program. In 1993 Mother Jones became the first general interest magazine to go online.
Founded
1980
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Championing films and filmmakers through programs inspired by the Bay Area
SFFILM champions the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round nonprofit organization delivering screenings and events to more than 100,000 film lovers and media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of hundreds of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, and other creative development services.
Founded
1994
Size
Medium
Do you want to change the world?
Our mission is to champion social justice issues by using a model of media, education, and grassroots volunteer involvement that inspires, empowers, motivates and teaches civic participation and makes a difference. Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are creating a better America, and we want you to join us. Using media, films, volunteers and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges mainstream media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. From exposing the private prison crisis to helping middle class and poor workers to understanding where your tax dollars are going, our groundbreaking social media campaigns have revolutionized activism. We are reaching millions through YouTube, bloggers, networking sites, and strategic partnerships — and we're getting results. You are critical to advancing these hard-hitting campaigns. We can't create a socially conscious nation alone. Please consider donating today to help us create and distribute cutting-edge films that get results. All donations are tax deductible. Brave New Films is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501©(3) organization that carries out the Brave New Films mission by creating and distributing educational films. Brave New Films Action Fund is a 501©(4) nonprofit organization that conducts legislative activity necessary to carry out the mission of the Brave New Films family. Neither of the Brave New Films organizations makes contributions to or expressly advocates for the election or defeat of candidates for public
Founded
1952
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Medium
Helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego
San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by San Diego businessman and philanthropist George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Today, the San Diego History Center seeks to tell the diverse story of our region - past, present and future - educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride. SDHC's core programs and services include: exhibitions; educational programs; the operation of a research library; and scholarly publications.
Founded
1974
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Medium
Inspiring, Educating, and Engaging through Photography, Film, and Video
The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography, film and video. Founded in 1983, possesses an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. MOPA became one of the first museum facilities in the United States exclusively designed to collect and present the finest examples of photographic art, spanning the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day. The museum's permanent collection offers a rich photographic heritage, both as an expressive medium and a documentary record. The collection's 7,000-plus images include works by Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Stieglitz and Ruth Bernhard, among 850 other photographers.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Preserving the past . . .for the future
The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Every day, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States are lost forever--along with the precious information they contain. Modern-day looters use backhoes and bulldozers to recover artifacts for the international market. Urban development and agricultural methods such as land leveling and topsoil mining destroy ancient sites. The Conservancy protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.
Founded
1982
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Giant
Promoting and supporting Santa Monica College radio station KCRW
The KCRW Foundation promotes and provides financial support to Santa Monica College Radio Station KCRW. KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the nation's largest arrays of locally- produced, nationally-distributed talk program content. KCRW.com extends the station's profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts. The non-commercial broadcast signal reaches 550,000 listeners weekly and is supported by 55,000 member/subscribers.
Founded
1992
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Giant
Providing support for the Los Angeles Public Library
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles supports and enriches the capabilities, resources and services of the Los Angeles Public Library. The Library Foundation was founded in 1992 to raise private sector support to benefit the entire Library system. We accomplish our mission through fundraising, advocacy, and innovative programs that benefit our diverse community and promote greater awareness of the Library's valuable resources. Our support complements, but does not supplant, the City's responsibility for funding the Los Angeles Public Library's operations. To date, the foundation has raised more than $75 million to help support the Central Library and its 71 neighborhood branches.
Founded
1947
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Large
Preserving the history of Santa Barbara
Founded in 1932, the museum is located in Santa Barbara's historic El Pueblo Viejo district. Through exhibitions, education, research, and publication, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum interprets over 500 years of history with collections from the Chumash, Mexican, Spanish and American periods. The museum is dedicated to the collection, interpretation, and preservation of the history of Santa Barbara.
Founded
1964
Size
Large
A World of Possibility
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. The Fleet is San Diego's science center. We connect with communities, schools, science organizations, families and individuals through interactive experiences and collaboration.