Public Programs: Museums Planning

Period of Performance

5/1/2006 - 12/31/2009

Funding Totals

$39,808.00 (approved)
$39,808.00 (awarded)

Interpretation of Historic 1876 Synagogue

FAIN: MP-50024-06

Name change of Institution 7/3/2019 from Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (Washington, DC 20004-1106)
Laura Burd Schiavo (Project Director: September 2005 to March 2006)
Laura Cohen Apelbaum (Project Director: March 2006 to June 2010)

Planning for audience research and the refinement of exhibition content for a new interpretation of an historic synagogue in Washington, D.C.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington plans an innovative and engaging long-term interpretive installation in its 1876 historic synagogue, the oldest in Washington, DC. The immersive museum experience will expose audiences to the immigrant experience, American religious history, and fundamental questions about American identity. To be completed over one year, the project will coordinate with a major restoration of the building. Funding will support audience research, refinement of content, and the honing of select storylines that will drive the interpretation.