Morris Jumel Mansion

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  • キ
  • What is the historical significance of the house?
  • キHow does it relate to the neighboring surroundings?キWhat is the relationship of the site to the current community living in the neighborhood?
  • キHow is the house currently interpreted (what communication / information is available to the public and what does this information assume about the public?
  • キWho is the key audience and is the house designed to engage the key audience?
  • キIn what way can the research project the museum is exploring expand an audience, better connect the museum to the local community, and provide a window into the past from a perspective that incorporates the present?

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  • 1. Morris-Jumel Mansion Elie Stevenson | Katherine Lee
  • 2. History • Built in 1765, Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house, built as a country home for British Colonel, Roger Morris and his wife Mary Philipse • George Washington took up the house as his headquarters in September and October of 1776, taking advantage of the strategic views of Harlem, the Bronx, Manhattan, the Hudson, the southern harbor, and New Jersey • In 1810 the house was purchased by a wine importer, Stephen Jumel, and his wife Eliza, who went on to marry US VP, Aaron Burr, upon the untimely death of Stephen Jumel in 1832 QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a decompressor decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
  • 3. The neighborhood • Washington Heights • Currently predominately Latin American immigrants – Dominican – Puerto Rican • Largely Spanish speaking • Lots of families
  • 4. The interpretation • Previously the house was interpreted primarily as the Morris mansion, focusing on the house’s role during the colonial era • Currently, the house is interpreted in three distinct time periods: – The Morris Period – The Jumel Period – The Museum Period (post 1904)
  • 5. The audience Two Target audience groups: – Children/Schools QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. • Teachers • Classes – Adults/Public Programs • Community members, new and old • Adults from a broader community
  • 6. Goals QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. • Connect to the local community – Get adults/parents interested – Make the museum Spanish friendly – Present low or no-cost programming to bring in individuals from the community • PR outreach – Get the name out – Provide appropriate educational and cultural programming without excessive budget strain
  • 7. Possible role of technology • Cell-phone based guided tour of the house • Digitized books • Touch screens with properly curated and documented collection artifacts QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a QuickTimeª and a decompressor decompressor decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
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