Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Old South Association In Boston

  • Boston, MA
  • www.osmh.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Old South Association is to preserve the Old South Meeting House and its rich history as inspiring symbols of free speech and democratic ideals, to uphold its tradition as an active meeting place for the free exchange of ideas, and to be a place where people can connect the issues of the past with the issues of today. This mission is achieved through the interpretation of the 1729 meeting house and its collections with educational programs, publications, and exhibitions and the continued use of the building as an active meeting place for a broad and diverse audience with a special commitment to people from the local area. The Old South Association is committed to preserving this National Historic Landmark and ensuring it is a haven for contemporary civic dialogue and free expression.

Main Programs

  1. HISTORIC SITE AND EXHIBITS
  2. SCHOOL AND TEACHER PROGRAMS
  3. PUBLIC PROGRAMS
  4. PRESERVATION
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 1993

Self-reported

Ms. Emily Curran

Keywords

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OSMH, Old South Meeting House, Old South, Meeting House

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Also Known As

Old South Meeting House

EIN

04-2104806

 Number

4614867797

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Top Accomplishments in 2013: 1) Old South Meeting House was open to the public 360 days as a museum and gathering place, serving over 75,000 visitors of all ages. In-depth, participatory school programs and teacher workshops reached over 10,000 teachers and students. Over 60 public programs, including lectures, debates, panel discussions, concerts and performances, explored both historical and contemporary issues and ideas. Programmatic collaborations were developed with 43 other organizations. 2) Completed a $800,000+ project to preserve and restore the 1729 tower and steeple of Old South Meeting House and all windows. 3) Continued to work towards the goals of the Strategic Plan to achieve the vision of how to preserve Old South Meeting House as an active and relevant part of Boston's past and present. Top Goals for 2014: 1) Preserve and maintain Old South Meeting House consistent with the highest standards of historic preservation; begin a $996,000 capital project to preserve and restore the exterior. 2) Provide upgraded capabilities to interpret the building and collections effectively for our audience and to support public programs and education. 3) Increase visitation to Old South by establishing Old South as a ""must see"" destination site on Boston's Freedom Trail; employing a range of targeted marketing techniques such as social media, traditional media, partnerships, signage and outdoor enticements; and enhancing visitors' experiences through use of interpreters, regularly scheduled events, and an enhanced exhibit.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

HISTORIC SITE AND EXHIBITS

It is an awe-inspiring experience for visitors to stand in Old South Meeting House where so much of America's best known history has happened. As a nationally renowned site on Boston's Freedom Trail, the Meeting House draws a diverse audience of all ages to exhibits that are designed to function on many levels using varied techniques to accommodate different abilities, learning styles and interests. Special events such as an Annual Open House are targeted to draw the local Boston audience to experience this important historic site within their own city.The permanent exhibit ""Voices of Protest"" explores Old South's pivotal role in the American Revolution and as a defender of free speech and assembly. It has drawn critical acclaim andwas designed with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, designers of the renowned exhibits at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.It is complemented by an innovative audio exhibit ""If these walls could speak…"" that transports listeners back in time to vividly experience key events that took place at Old South.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$500,000

Program 2

SCHOOL AND TEACHER PROGRAMS

Old South provides exceptional learning experiences for students and teachers that are well recognized and draw high levels of repeat attendance that attest to their quality. Programs are available throughout the year and served more than11,000 students and teachers each year, from single visits to on-going collaborations.Programs for students make history concrete and relevant with participatory age-appropriate activities that meet current learning standards and frameworks.A range of available programs and approaches ensure that we can effectively serve a broad audience with a variety of needs and abilities.The popular programTea Is Brewinguses a role play in which students take on the roles of patriots and loyalists and debate the 1773 tea tax where it all began. Participants have ranged from school children to Elderhostel groups, and included deaf students and Spanish-speaking students. Other interactive school programs includePhillis Wheatley, which introduces students to the life and poetry ofAmerica's first Black author, a slave and member of Old South; andFrom Meeting Place to Resting Place, which reveals Colonial Boston's community life by exploring Old South and Granary Burying Ground.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$80,000

Program 3

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Old South presentsa vibrant year-round schedule of public programs and performances for adults and inter-generational audiences, providing an array of opportunities for life-long learning and cultural enjoyment. These program draw a primarily local audience and use a range of approaches to meet different interests and modes of learning. Visitors can choose to take part in a panel discussion, lecture, concert, theatrical performance, participatory role-play or walking tour to explore American history and contemporary culture. Each year we present more than 100 public programs and events, many in the evenings. Public programs explore a full spectrum of ideas with high caliber speakers and performers and bring new scholarship to a popular audience. Recent topics have included the future of the Boston Public Schools, the relationship of AIDS to issues of social justice and compelling historical issues such as what was ""banned in Boston"" by the notorious Watch and Ward Society and performances included an outstanding series of classical concerts by the top performers from New England Conservatoryand dramatic presentations by top-quality first-person reenactors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$60,000

Program 4

PRESERVATION

The Old South Meeting House itself is considered the primary artifact in the collection, and its management and preservation is central to the mission. In the years since completing a comprehensive multi-million preservation project in 1997, we have established a Preservation Endowment and continue to undertake important preservation projects. In 2011we completed a $100,000 restoration of Old South's 1766 Tower Clock, which is the oldest American-made tower clock in theUnited States still in operation, and we have just completed a $200,000 project to install a historic Paul Revere bell into the steeple of the tower and connect it to the tower clock. We are currently planning for a major project in 2012 to restore the painting and woodwork of the Old South Meeting House, both inside and out, at approximately $1.9 million dollars.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1.9

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The

Funding Needs

Capital Masterplan: Develop a masterplan for capital improvements to interior elements which includes design, specifications, target dates for development and installation, costs and potential funding sources Exhibit: Engage an exhibit designer to explore the latest technology and exhibit approaches available to enhance the visitor's experience of Old South Meeting House. Marketing Plan: Develop a plan including its funding requirements for current and future years designed to significantly increase visitation to Old South. System Upgrades for Program Purposes: Establish a planning initiative engaging a consultant to evaluate current sound and lighting systems and to make recommendations to transform systems and their operation to state of the art.

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Old South Association in Boston
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Emily Curran

BIO

Since 1993, Executive Director Emily Curran has led Old South Meeting House through dramatic changes, including a comprehensive preservation and expansion project, a new permanent exhibit, extensive collaborations, expanded programming and collaborations, establishing a preservation endowment, and recent major projects to restore the 1766 Tower Clock and install a Paul Revere Bell in the tower. She has a strong background in education and community partnerships, including 7 years of developing exhibits, programs and learning materials at The Children's Museum in Boston, and holds an MS in Museum Leadership. She is able to work effectively with boards, staff, government agencies, non-profit organizations, sponsors and diverse constituencies to develop innovative educational programming, collaborative initiatives, museum exhibitions and major historic preservation and capital projects.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gordon King

Suffolk University

Term: Apr 2012 - Apr 2013

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