After a tremendous three-month run, our first special exhibition, To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom closed on Sunday, September 30. The cases have been returned to storage and the walls have been repainted, and our last batch of more than 400 letters to President Obama has been mailed out. But the exhibition lives on in many ways.
We’ve donated the exhibition flooring to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore where its sale will help fund the construction of homes in Philadelphia. Our letter interactive and walking tour are still accessible online and teachers are continuing to use the exhibition curriculum to teach the origins of religious freedom in their classrooms. The letters between George Washington and the Hebrew Congregation will return to our core exhibition next summer.
Lastly, our director, Ivy Barsky’s very own fig tree continues to grow in her yard and we all look forward to one day sitting under it in safety!
-Contributed by, Shira Goldstein