The Museum of Public Relations

The Museum of Public Relations The Museum of Public Relations is the world's only museum dedicated to the PR field. It is a 501(c)(3) educational institution chartered by the State of NY Dept.
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of Education, with more than 2,500 artifacts documenting more than a century of PR practice. The Museum and Library are chartered by the NYS Education Department. Together, they represent the world's largest collection of historical resources and writings documenting the evolution of the p***c relations field.

of Education, with more than 2,500 artifacts documenting more than a century of PR practice. The Museum and Library are chartered by the NYS Education Department. Together, they represent the world's largest collection of historical resources and writings documenting the evolution of the p***c relations field.

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The Museum of Public Relations celebrates the life and legacy of Barbara C. Harris, a successful public relations pionee...
07/30/2021

The Museum of Public Relations celebrates the life and legacy of Barbara C. Harris, a successful public relations pioneer and the first female Anglican bishop--who passed away during the height of the pandemic in 2020 at the age of 89.

Harris was born on June 12, 1930, in Philadelphia, PA. In the early 1950’s she began her public relations career at the first known Black-owned PR firm, Joseph V. Baker Associates, where she worked closely with Baker as her mentor. By 1958, she became president of the firm.

In 1968, she moved to Sun Oil Company, where she was one of the first and highest-ranking African American women to handle public relations for major corporate accounts, advancing in high-level positions multiple times up until 1977. Meanwhile, she played her part in the civil rights movement, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma in 1965, and registering Black voters in Mississippi around the same time. Barbara was also an advocate of the women’s movement, campaigning for women to be involved in the Anglican clergy. In 1973, she was elected as president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, following in the footsteps of Joseph V. Baker.

Barbara then switched gears to embrace her religious background, working her way through the Anglican clergy, simultaneously applying her PR skills and experience to this new journey. She became the first female Anglican bishop in 1988 while serving roles at religious publications.

In a recent tribute to Harris, Diversity Advisor to the Office of the Dean at Temple University and Managing Director of CommonSoul Communications, David Brown notes, “Rev. Harris’ life was significant in so many ways as she challenged the status quo with the power of her convictions and her talents as a communicator.”

Learn more about the life and work of Barbara C. Harris... ➡️ https://bit.ly/3j5Urib

#inmemoriam #blackprhistory #prpioneer #blackhistory #africanamericanhistory #womenshistory #womeninpr #publicrelations #pr #prhistory #communications #history #socialactivism #diversevoices #philadelphia #anglican #bishop

Last month, we were honored to host "The LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations: Visibly Proud,” the Museum’s 3rd annual #...
07/30/2021

Last month, we were honored to host "The LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations: Visibly Proud,” the Museum’s 3rd annual #Pride event. A huge, warm thank you to the show’s host and moderator Cathy Renna, the keynote speaker Stephanie Battaglino, our superstar panelists, and co-producer Fay Shapiro, CommPRO.biz. We wouldn’t be making #PRHistory without you all! ✨

Watch the event replay now: https://bit.ly/3iUvRR2

#publicrelations #communications #communicators #lgbtq #lgbtqrights #pride #pridemonth #journalism #journalists #prmuseum #museumofpr #prhistory #lgbthistory #advocacy #activists #transrights #DEI #humanrights

The Museum of Public Relations Founder & Director, Shelley Zuckerman Spector has received the Distinguished Service to J...
07/21/2021

The Museum of Public Relations Founder & Director, Shelley Zuckerman Spector has received the Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award by The American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA). This is the first time the award has been given to a professional in the public relations field.

The Distinguished Service Award "recognizes contributions by an individual outside our discipline who has made an extraordinary effort to further significantly our understanding of, or our ability to explore, media history." It has been given only 4 other times in AJHA's 40-year history. See the release: ajha.wildapricot.org/news

#museumofpr #prmuseum #JournalismHistory #publicrelations #publicrelationshistory

The Museum of Public Relations Founder & Director, Shelley Zuckerman Spector has received the Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award by The American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA). This is the first time the award has been given to a professional in the public relations field.

The Distinguished Service Award "recognizes contributions by an individual outside our discipline who has made an extraordinary effort to further significantly our understanding of, or our ability to explore, media history." It has been given only 4 other times in AJHA's 40-year history. See the release: ajha.wildapricot.org/news

#museumofpr #prmuseum #JournalismHistory #publicrelations #publicrelationshistory

Starts tonight @ 6 PM ET! Don't forget to register for this FREE event: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe ✨🌈 🏳️‍🌈#Pride2021 #Pride ...
06/29/2021

Starts tonight @ 6 PM ET! Don't forget to register for this FREE event: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe ✨🌈 🏳️‍🌈

#Pride2021 #Pride #PrideMonth #lgbthistory #lgbtqhistory #lgbtqpride #lgbtqcommunity #museumofpr #prmuseum #communications #publicrelations

Starts tonight @ 6 PM ET! Don't forget to register for this FREE event: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe ✨🌈 🏳️‍🌈

#Pride2021 #Pride #PrideMonth #lgbthistory #lgbtqhistory #lgbtqpride #lgbtqcommunity #museumofpr #prmuseum #communications #publicrelations

Don't miss our third annual #Pride event, "The LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations: Visibly Proud," Starring Cathy Renn...
06/28/2021

Don't miss our third annual #Pride event, "The LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations: Visibly Proud," Starring Cathy Renna, and featuring Stephanie Battaglino as Keynote and two panels of Journalists & PR pros: Justin R. Buchbinder, Ben Finzel, Stephen Macias, Liz Owen, Christopher Vasquez; Tre'vell Anderson, Tracy Baim, Alex Bollinger, Dawn Ennis, and Tristan McAllister.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we are able to make this event free and accessible to all. Register now: ⁣https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#pride #pridemonth #pridemonth2021 #lgbthistory #lgbtqhistory #museumofpr #prmuseum #communications #publicrelations

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the 1st #Pride March, also known as Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day.On June 28...
06/28/2021

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the 1st #Pride March, also known as Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day.

On June 28, 1970, the march started in Greenwich Village and ended in Central Park with a “Gay Be-In”, the party’s version of a “sit-in”.

The march and its most famous organizer, Brenda Howard, created what we know as the Pride celebration today.

For more #pridehistory and the #LGBTQ Experience in #communications, register for our FREE virtual event starting @ 6:00 pm ET tomorrow, 6/29.

Event Information & Registration: ⁣https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#lgbtq #lgbtqrights #civilrights #pridemonth #protest #publicrelations #museumofpr #prmuseum #lgbthistory #lgbtqhistory

Don't miss an insightful webinar event from CommPRO.biz and The George Washington University, Graduate School of Politic...
06/23/2021

Don't miss an insightful webinar event from CommPRO.biz and The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management: "Rebuilding Public Trust in the Government – Lessons from the Private Sector"

Starts tomorrow, 6/24 at 6pm ET. This virtual event is free with registration!

For more info and to sign-up: https://bit.ly/3daljLQ

Don't miss an insightful webinar event from CommPRO.biz and The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management: "Rebuilding Public Trust in the Government – Lessons from the Private Sector"

Starts tomorrow, 6/24 at 6pm ET. This virtual event is free with registration!

For more info and to sign-up: https://bit.ly/3daljLQ

In 1966, Robert Martin, an openly bisexual student from Columbia University founded the Student Homophile League in the ...
06/20/2021

In 1966, Robert Martin, an openly bisexual student from Columbia University founded the Student Homophile League in the school’s Earl Hall. It was the first known gay student organization in the US.

In 1971, members of the league and other LGBT students established a gay lounge in Columbia’s Furnald Hall, which was finally recognized by the university. It is still in use today and is now known as the Stephen Donaldson Q***r Lounge.

In 2018, the National Park Service approved Earl Hall to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places nominated by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

“We are thrilled that the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, with the support of Columbia University and the New York State Office of Historic Preservation, has been able to prepare the documentation that resulted in the Federal government’s recognition of Earl Hall’s significance to LGBT history and American history...The State and National Register listings are validation of LGBT history’s significance to all Americans,” said Andrew Dolkart, the project co-director of the nomination.

Today, there are thousands of #LGBTQ groups on campuses around the world, dedicated to building inclusive communities and raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in society.

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For more #LGBTQ history, register for the Museum’s 3rd annual “LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations” event on Tuesday, 6/29 at 6 pm ET: ⁣https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#museumofpr #publicrelations #communications #pridemonth #pride2021 #lgbtqhistory #lgbthistory #columbiauniversity #activism #pride #equalrights #loveislove

Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, our country’s “2nd Independence Day,” honoring the end of slavery in the U.S.The holiday...
06/20/2021

Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, our country’s “2nd Independence Day,” honoring the end of slavery in the U.S.

The holiday has its roots in Galveston, Texas, where enslaved Blacks were informed of their freedom on June 19, 1865, about two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Juneteenth into law, making it a national holiday just two days before June 19. “The emancipation of enslaved Black Americans didn’t mark the end of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality; it only marked the beginning,” Biden said.

#blackhistory #ushistory #history #africanamericanhistory #museumofpr #juneteenth2021 #juneteenthcelebration #juneteenthday

Museum of Public Relations Founder and Director, Shelley Spector, was honored today as a 2021 DEI Honoree amongst leader...
06/17/2021

Museum of Public Relations Founder and Director, Shelley Spector, was honored today as a 2021 DEI Honoree amongst leaders Helen Shelton, Carol Watson and Troy Blackwell by PRSA-NY.

We at the Museum are proud to have the opportunity to drive DE&I forward, and are grateful for this distinguished recognition! Thank you for keeping DE&I at the top of PR’s agenda.

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by Congress defined marriage as the union between a man and woman, al...
06/16/2021

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by Congress defined marriage as the union between a man and woman, allowing states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, and prohibited married same-sex couples from collecting Federal benefits.

In the 2013 case U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled the DOMA unconstitutional. The decision forced the Federal Government to treat same-sex marriages equally under the law, allowing tax benefits previously provided only to opposite-sex couples available to same-sex couples.

However, this only extended to Federal laws; individual states did not have to recognize same-sex marriages.

Today, we recognize this ruling as a milestone in the fight for marriage equality before same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states in 2015.
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Curious about more #LGBTQ history? Stay tuned for the Museum’s 3rd annual LGBTQ in PR event on Tuesday, 6/29 at 6 pm ET. REGISTER here: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#marriageequality #loveislove #museumofpr #communication #pridemonth #pride2021 #lgbtqhistory #lgbthistory

June 15, 2020: 1 year ago today, a historic ruling confirmed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 was always m...
06/15/2021

June 15, 2020: 1 year ago today, a historic ruling confirmed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 was always meant to protect the rights of #LGBTQ employees. Unfortunately, it was a misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the word “sex” that ultimately led to years of discrimination against the community in the workplace.

Since the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, many unions were created to fight for #LGBTQ employment rights. In 1994, at the Stonewall 25th Anniversary, #PrideatWork was formed to collectively advocate for these rights and to continue raising awareness of #LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace.
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Learn more about LGBTQ+ history and how social activism is vital for monumental changes during our 3rd annual LGBTQ+ Experience in Public Relations event ➡ CHECK our free webinar on 6/29 at 6 pm ET. Register here: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#museumofpr #pride2021 #LGBTQCommunity #publicrelations #communication #lgbtq #pridehistory #pridemonth

June 14, 1993: GLAAD debuts its “Images” campaign across the #NYC subway, introducing riders to #LGBTQ New Yorkers throu...
06/14/2021

June 14, 1993: GLAAD debuts its “Images” campaign across the #NYC subway, introducing riders to #LGBTQ New Yorkers through 30,000 posters featuring photos and quotes. This was the 1st campaign of its kind in New York, winning national and industry-wide attention.

Learn more about #pridehistory and the #LGBTQ Experience in #communication on June 29th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm ET.
Please register here: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe ⁣🏳️‍🌈✨

#lgbtqcommunity #PrideMonth #Pride2021 #museumofpr #publicrelations

June 14, 1993: GLAAD debuts its “Images” campaign across the #NYC subway, introducing riders to #LGBTQ New Yorkers through 30,000 posters featuring photos and quotes. This was the 1st campaign of its kind in New York, winning national and industry-wide attention.

Learn more about #pridehistory and the #LGBTQ Experience in #communication on June 29th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm ET.
Please register here: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe ⁣🏳️‍🌈✨

#lgbtqcommunity #PrideMonth #Pride2021 #museumofpr #publicrelations

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. On June 12, 2016, 49 lives were tragically ...
06/12/2021

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. On June 12, 2016, 49 lives were tragically lost and 53 others were injured when a gunman opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. The horrors that unfolded that night were a direct attack on the #lgbtqcommunity. ⁣

Today in Florida, flags fly at half-staff for Pulse Remembrance Day. A memorial and museum to honor the victims is set to be completed by 2023 in Orlando.⁣

Survivors and families of victims have gone on to fight for stricter gun laws in front of Congress. ⁣

We stand with the #LGBTQ community today and every day against hate, discrimination, and the dangers you face. #WeWillNotLetHateWin 🏳️‍🌈🕊⁣

#Pride #PulseRemembranceDay #PulseOrlando #PulseNightclub #LoveisLove #LoveNotHate #49Angels

June 12, 1983: 11 gay men living with AIDS traveled from New York to crash the National Le***an and Gay Health Conferenc...
06/12/2021

June 12, 1983: 11 gay men living with AIDS traveled from New York to crash the National Le***an and Gay Health Conference in Denver. They were on a mission to gain awareness, respect, and rights for people with AIDS. They delivered a powerful statement that also served as the foundation for the National Association of People with AIDS.

In the opening statement, they condemned calling people with AIDS “victims” and asked to be respected as humans instead of being blamed for the epidemic. The principles also included a call for people with AIDS to have: quality medical treatments, honest communications, privacy, and most importantly- the right to live and die in dignity. Read The Denver Principles here:
https://data.unaids.org/pub/externaldocument/2007/gipa1983denverprinciples_en.pdf

Hope to learn more about #PrideHistory? Register below:
https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#Pride2021 #museumofpr #lgbthistory

June 5, 1981: The CDC publishes an MMWR report identifying 5 cases of previously healthy LA men, all “actively gay”, wit...
06/11/2021
PRMuseum LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations 2021 — The Museum of Public Relations

June 5, 1981: The CDC publishes an MMWR report identifying 5 cases of previously healthy LA men, all “actively gay”, with a virus resembling pneumonia that they name Pneumocystis carinii. (P*P) The editorial note at the bottom explains that these cases are unusual. It is the first report on what we know today as HIV/AIDS. The same day this report was published, Dr. Alvin Friedman-Kien, a dermatologist from New York calls the CDC to report a cluster of cases in gay men from NY and CA exhibiting a rare and aggressive skin cancer: Kaposi Sarcoma (KS). For people with HIV, KS is an AIDS-defining condition. ⁣⁣
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‪Before it was correctly named in 1983, the media and others called AIDS the “gay-related immune deficiency” (GRID) or even worse: “gay cancer”. ⁣⁣
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1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV as of 2019. Over 700,000 people have died from AIDS between 1981-2019. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2019)⁣⁣
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⁣Join us on Tuesday, 6/29/2021 @ 6:00 pm ET. as LGBTQ leaders in both PR and media discuss insightful topics & #PRIDEinPR 🌈
FREE Registration: https://bit.ly/3cjjVGe

#pride #celebratingpride #lgbthistory #lgbt #pride2021 #museumofpr #history #pridemonth #lgbtq #lgbtpride

On June 29, please join the Museum's third annual tribute to our industry's LGBTQ community. Two panels will discussions ranging from societal issues, historical milestones since the 1969 Stonewall protests, and the social activism that helped bring us to where we are today, as well as workplace dis

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We are a non profit education institution, the world's only museum dedicated to the public relations field. We acquire, preserve and exhibit rare books, artifacts and papers documenting the field's evolution The museum depends entirely on tax deductible donations, corporate sponsorships, educational grants and licensing fees.

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Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00

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  • The Museum of Public Relations is the world’s only organization dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching the history of our field. It is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational institution chartered by the New York state Department of Education.

  • The Museum is at 85 Broad Street. Visits by individuals, classes, agencies and staffs must be scheduled beforehand (sign up at prmuseum.org/requests). We provide a hands-on tour as well as a lecture with videos. Suggested donation is $25 per student; $50 per professional. Donations can be made through prmuseum.org.

  • Our archive includes materials from Edward Bernays and Doris Fleischman, Ivy Lee, John Hill and Arthur Page, as well as a collection of media technologies from the past century, and nearly 700 books, some more than 125 years old.

  • The Museum produces events and classes every month or so, with topics appealing to students, professionals, educators and business leaders. We host annual celebrations of BlackPRHistory, LatinoPRHistory, and PRWomenWhoChangedHistory, as well as panel discussions with industry leaders, exploring such topics as “The Value of Values” and “Implications of ‘Truth Decay’ for the Practice of Public Relations.”
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