Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives

Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives This historic site was one of the first public schools in the nation for African American children and currently houses records and artifacts related to DC Public School history and serves as a cultural venue, hosting programs, events, and exhibitions.
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Sumner Museum wants to share our appreciation to all the Amazing Educators , past and present, who have been the heart o...
05/07/2021

Sumner Museum wants to share our appreciation to all the Amazing Educators , past and present, who have been the heart of shaping generations of our community! THANK YOU.

In the comments below, share the names of the DC teachers that made an impact on your life. Feel free to share the school, years and PICTURES if you have them!

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04/29/2021
IN THE STACKS: DC Public School Libraries & Librarians' Role in Preserving School History

We are celebrating our DC Publicly School Libraries! Join us for a conversation with three DCPS librarians and a member of a high school alumni association, in discussion about the pivotal role that our local school libraries and librarians play in preserving dc school histories. Learn about how school librarians have spent decades serving as stewards over historic material culture representing their school's history and how they have gone above and beyond in protecting and making these histories available to the larger community.

This month we are excited to highlight Sumner Museum’s collaboration with American University's Public History Program. ...
04/27/2021

This month we are excited to highlight Sumner Museum’s collaboration with American University's Public History Program. The Master of Arts program equips students with skills and knowledge in research, leadership and hands-on experience that prepare them to enter careers in museums, libraries, archives, media, community history, preservation and other pertinent fields of their choice. According to the website, the program prides itself on a commitment to mentorship, collegiality, and public service. This has most certainly been demonstrated through the students’ collaboration projects with Sumner Museum. American University students have used the Archives to conduct research and more intimately, the Museum has worked with program directors to facilitate internships for students and currently hosting the second practicum course this Spring. Projects have ranged from mapping and researching space consideration and furniture for adequate collections storage, organizing and re-housing photographs, coordinating community engagement activities, oral history projects, and developing media and marketing for projects and developing exhibits for the Humanities Truck. Currently, students are developing the framework for collecting narratives from the local education community documenting experiences related to COVID-19. A survey has been developed to collect information from teachers and education personnel to advise on how to best launch this significant project. We greatly value this collaboration and look forward to future projects.

DC Teachers and Members of the Education Community, please help us by completing this brief Collecting COVID Related Narratives Survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckYUZ7__gY3QrfRkJJZdmh24JguiSzugZ_YjJ-deeIjmMcaw/viewform

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Humanities Truck - https://humanitiestruck.com/
American University - https://www.american.edu/cas/history/public/

This month we are excited to highlight Sumner Museum’s collaboration with American University's Public History Program. The Master of Arts program equips students with skills and knowledge in research, leadership and hands-on experience that prepare them to enter careers in museums, libraries, archives, media, community history, preservation and other pertinent fields of their choice. According to the website, the program prides itself on a commitment to mentorship, collegiality, and public service. This has most certainly been demonstrated through the students’ collaboration projects with Sumner Museum. American University students have used the Archives to conduct research and more intimately, the Museum has worked with program directors to facilitate internships for students and currently hosting the second practicum course this Spring. Projects have ranged from mapping and researching space consideration and furniture for adequate collections storage, organizing and re-housing photographs, coordinating community engagement activities, oral history projects, and developing media and marketing for projects and developing exhibits for the Humanities Truck. Currently, students are developing the framework for collecting narratives from the local education community documenting experiences related to COVID-19. A survey has been developed to collect information from teachers and education personnel to advise on how to best launch this significant project. We greatly value this collaboration and look forward to future projects.

DC Teachers and Members of the Education Community, please help us by completing this brief Collecting COVID Related Narratives Survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckYUZ7__gY3QrfRkJJZdmh24JguiSzugZ_YjJ-deeIjmMcaw/viewform

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Humanities Truck - https://humanitiestruck.com/
American University - https://www.american.edu/cas/history/public/

Kenneth Carroll is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and playwright, whose writing has appeared in numerous publications....
04/23/2021

Kenneth Carroll is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and playwright, whose writing has appeared in numerous publications. He was the director of DC WritersCorps and past president of the African American Writers Guild. He is married to playwright Joy Carroll and the proud father of a daughter and two sons.

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites you all to join us in illuminating one of the many aspects of the ...
04/23/2021

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites you all to join us in illuminating one of the many aspects of the value and importance of DC Public School Libraries and Librarians later this month! Please join us for what will be an enlightening conversation.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-public-school-libraries-librarians-role-in-preserving-school-history-tickets-150229220643

#SchoolLibraryMonth
#Sankofa
#dchistory
#SumnerMuseum
#dcmuseum
#acreativedc
#educationnews
#schoolhistory

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites you all to join us in illuminating one of the many aspects of the value and importance of DC Public School Libraries and Librarians later this month! Please join us for what will be an enlightening conversation.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-public-school-libraries-librarians-role-in-preserving-school-history-tickets-150229220643

#SchoolLibraryMonth
#Sankofa
#dchistory
#SumnerMuseum
#dcmuseum
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#educationnews
#schoolhistory

This image was captured in March,1987 at a DC Retired Teachers Association, now DC Retired Educators Association (DCREA)...
04/19/2021

This image was captured in March,1987 at a DC Retired Teachers Association, now DC Retired Educators Association (DCREA) Meeting. This image was taken almost a year and a half after the opening of the newly transformed Sumner Museum. In this proud moment, representatives from DCREA are presenting their historic documents to Director Richard L. Hurlbut and Archivist James Dent Walker, for inclusion in the developing Archival Collection. The DCREA Collection was recently transferred to DC Public Library Washingtoniana Collection.

This image was captured in March,1987 at a DC Retired Teachers Association, now DC Retired Educators Association (DCREA) Meeting. This image was taken almost a year and a half after the opening of the newly transformed Sumner Museum. In this proud moment, representatives from DCREA are presenting their historic documents to Director Richard L. Hurlbut and Archivist James Dent Walker, for inclusion in the developing Archival Collection. The DCREA Collection was recently transferred to DC Public Library Washingtoniana Collection.

Our building's namesake, Senator Charles Sumner, was a staunch abolitionist who fought for freedom for the enslaved, int...
04/16/2021

Our building's namesake, Senator Charles Sumner, was a staunch abolitionist who fought for freedom for the enslaved, integration and nondiscrimination.
We are proud that nearly 150 years ago, in 1872 -- a mere 10 years after DC's enslaved citizens were legally freed -- the Sumner School was erected as the "cornerstone in the development of educational opportunities for Black citizens in DC" and our entire country!

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#dcemancipationday2021
#acreativedc #dcmuseum #DChistory

Our building's namesake, Senator Charles Sumner, was a staunch abolitionist who fought for freedom for the enslaved, integration and nondiscrimination.
We are proud that nearly 150 years ago, in 1872 -- a mere 10 years after DC's enslaved citizens were legally freed -- the Sumner School was erected as the "cornerstone in the development of educational opportunities for Black citizens in DC" and our entire country!

To learn more, subscribe to our newsletter and read past issues at:
https://us13.campaign-archive.com/?e=__test_email__&u=d73b8f6039e24688b265ba871&id=325e67e96f

link in bio

#SANKOFA
#dcemancipationday2021
#acreativedc #dcmuseum #DChistory

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives along with the rest of the city of Washington, DC, mourns the loss of Elizabet...
04/15/2021

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives along with the rest of the city of Washington, DC, mourns the loss of Elizabeth A. Davis who transitioned on April 4, 2021. Davis was the President of Washington Teachers Union. Prior to this role, she served for four decades as a teacher in DC Public Schools. She was a staunch and passionate advocate for Washington DC Teachers, Students and Parents and is sorely missed by the DC Community at large.

Elizabeth Davis moved to DC with her mother as a 4th grade student and attended DC Public Schools. She graduated from Eastern Senior High School in 1969 where we believe she blossomed her love for activism and advocacy as a member of the Modern Strivers. Learn more about Elizabeth Davis’ impact and legacy in this article by Teaching for Change.
https://www.teachingforchange.org/elizabeth-davis-presente

**Photo Credits: Banner Left: Elizabeth "Ann" Davis, Senior Class Picture,1969 Eastern HS 'Rambler' Yearbook, Sumner Museum Collection
**Banner Right: Elizabeth A. Davis, President, Washington Teachers Union, Image source unknown
**Below: Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, speaks during a rally at Freedom Plaza on April 25, 2019.

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives along with the rest of the city of Washington, DC, mourns the loss of Elizabeth A. Davis who transitioned on April 4, 2021. Davis was the President of Washington Teachers Union. Prior to this role, she served for four decades as a teacher in DC Public Schools. She was a staunch and passionate advocate for Washington DC Teachers, Students and Parents and is sorely missed by the DC Community at large.

Elizabeth Davis moved to DC with her mother as a 4th grade student and attended DC Public Schools. She graduated from Eastern Senior High School in 1969 where we believe she blossomed her love for activism and advocacy as a member of the Modern Strivers. Learn more about Elizabeth Davis’ impact and legacy in this article by Teaching for Change.
https://www.teachingforchange.org/elizabeth-davis-presente

**Photo Credits: Banner Left: Elizabeth "Ann" Davis, Senior Class Picture,1969 Eastern HS 'Rambler' Yearbook, Sumner Museum Collection
**Banner Right: Elizabeth A. Davis, President, Washington Teachers Union, Image source unknown
**Below: Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, speaks during a rally at Freedom Plaza on April 25, 2019.

April is National Poetry Month and National School Library Month! Press play and meet Director Kimberly E. Springle in t...
04/14/2021
Sumner Museum: Director's Corner - Episode 4 - Apr-2021

April is National Poetry Month and National School Library Month! Press play and meet Director Kimberly E. Springle in the Sumner School Museum and Archives Library for a special greeting.

Check out the April Director's Corner to see what we've been up to, and what's coming up in the future!

**Image: Director Springle works with DC high school students during a community service project day in February 2020.

Sumner Museum and Archives Director, Kimberly E. Springle, greet the community for our April Director's Corner episode.April is not only National Poetry Mont...

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites you all to join us in illuminating one of the many aspects of the ...
04/13/2021

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites you all to join us in illuminating one of the many aspects of the value and importance of DC Public School Libraries and Librarians later this month! Please join us for what will be an enlightening conversation.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-public-school-libraries-librarians-role-in-preserving-school-history-tickets-150229220643

#SchoolLibraryMonth
#Sankofa
#dchistory
#SumnerMuseum
#dcmuseum
#acreativedc
#educationnews
#schoolhistory

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives invites you all to join us in illuminating one of the many aspects of the value and importance of DC Public School Libraries and Librarians later this month! Please join us for what will be an enlightening conversation.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-public-school-libraries-librarians-role-in-preserving-school-history-tickets-150229220643

#SchoolLibraryMonth
#Sankofa
#dchistory
#SumnerMuseum
#dcmuseum
#acreativedc
#educationnews
#schoolhistory

We are excited to share that Visual Artist, Lillian Thomas Burwell is making her solo debut at Berry Campbell Gallery in...
03/29/2021
At 93, Lilian Thomas Burwell is Making Her Solo Debut in New York Where Her Artwork Will Be on View at Berry Campbell Gallery

We are excited to share that Visual Artist, Lillian Thomas Burwell is making her solo debut at Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City.

She is a highly respected artist and art educator, Alumna of DC’s Dunbar High School, and a former Master Art Teacher in DC Public Schools. At the age of 93, she continues to share her spirit through her work.

We had the honor of interviewing Burwell last year about her life and career along with filmmaker, Cintia Cabib who created the film, Kindred Spirits. The film featured the life and work of Burwell and her Aunt, Hilda Wilkinson Brown, who heavily inspired her to pursue a career in art.

Watch it on now on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6tJVo29Ysw

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  STILL PUSHING HER PRACTICE to new heights, Lilian Thomas Burwell will have her first New York solo exhibition at age 93. Lilian Thomas Burwell: Soaring opens April 22 at Berry Campbell Gall...

As we reflect on the 35 year history of Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, we celebrate the pillar that the Muse...
03/29/2021

As we reflect on the 35 year history of Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, we celebrate the pillar that the Museum once was in the Visual Arts Community. Although, we continue to host periodic visual art exhibitions, for over thirty years, Sumner Museum hosted regular exhibitions—as many as four exhibitions annually. Numerous DC-based artists as well as others from around the country and globe have graced gallery walls at Sumner Museum. Please enjoy a few images of programs and associated literature from a few of the Museum’s earliest installations.

Did you visit the Museum during this period and experience one of these exhibits? We would love to hear your memories!

**DAVID C. DRISKELL, 1989 Collage and Mixed Media (upper right)
**Daniel Ruben WYNN *Paulin Davis LORFANO * **Tania OSADCA * Viola V. CANADY, 1988 (bottom)
GEORGE H. SMITH, 1987 Trinity (upper left)

#SumnerMuseum #acreativedc #archives #DavidDriskell #georgehsmithart ##DanielRubenWynn #TaniaOsadca #ViolaVCanady #PaulinDavisLorfano

As we reflect on the 35 year history of Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, we celebrate the pillar that the Museum once was in the Visual Arts Community. Although, we continue to host periodic visual art exhibitions, for over thirty years, Sumner Museum hosted regular exhibitions—as many as four exhibitions annually. Numerous DC-based artists as well as others from around the country and globe have graced gallery walls at Sumner Museum. Please enjoy a few images of programs and associated literature from a few of the Museum’s earliest installations.

Did you visit the Museum during this period and experience one of these exhibits? We would love to hear your memories!

**DAVID C. DRISKELL, 1989 Collage and Mixed Media (upper right)
**Daniel Ruben WYNN *Paulin Davis LORFANO * **Tania OSADCA * Viola V. CANADY, 1988 (bottom)
GEORGE H. SMITH, 1987 Trinity (upper left)

#SumnerMuseum #acreativedc #archives #DavidDriskell #georgehsmithart ##DanielRubenWynn #TaniaOsadca #ViolaVCanady #PaulinDavisLorfano

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is accepting proposals through April 30, 2021 for our annual summer research f...
03/29/2021

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is accepting proposals through April 30, 2021 for our annual summer research forum with the following objectives:

Honor the Life, Memory, and Contributions of Richard L. Hurlbut and James D. Walker.
Introduce and Engage the public with the Sumner Museum Collection.
Promote the work and valued research of individuals who have used the Sumner Archives as one of their major resources for a finished work; i.e. book, dissertation, film, community project, etc.
Facilitate lively discussion about the culture, history, and legacy of DC Public Education.
The annual forum will occur June-August 2021. Dates to be determined. This virtual series is free and open to the public.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
For consideration, please complete your submission by C.O.B. April 30, 2021.
To submit your proposal, please click HERE:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCyfeXFwV2Y9eTvPOPrrrW0_XrFtQN9UN608iAOYV8vaMFwg/viewform

We look forward to another outstanding series!

***For more information, please contact us at [email protected]***

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is accepting proposals through April 30, 2021 for our annual summer research forum with the following objectives:

Honor the Life, Memory, and Contributions of Richard L. Hurlbut and James D. Walker.
Introduce and Engage the public with the Sumner Museum Collection.
Promote the work and valued research of individuals who have used the Sumner Archives as one of their major resources for a finished work; i.e. book, dissertation, film, community project, etc.
Facilitate lively discussion about the culture, history, and legacy of DC Public Education.
The annual forum will occur June-August 2021. Dates to be determined. This virtual series is free and open to the public.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
For consideration, please complete your submission by C.O.B. April 30, 2021.
To submit your proposal, please click HERE:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCyfeXFwV2Y9eTvPOPrrrW0_XrFtQN9UN608iAOYV8vaMFwg/viewform

We look forward to another outstanding series!

***For more information, please contact us at [email protected]***

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