Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Hermitage / Andrew Jackson Foundation

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.thehermitage.com

Mission Statement

The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation is to preserve the home place of Andrew Jackson, to create learning opportunities, and to inspire citizenship through experiencing the life and unique impact of Jackson.

Main Programs

  1. Interpretive and Educational Programs and Tours
  2. Public Programs & Events
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The Andrew Jackson Foundation serves the entire state of Tennessee and visitors from all over the United States and the world.

ruling year

1938

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Mr. Howard J. Kittell

Keywords

Self-reported

Andrew Jackson, Slavery, Democracy, War of 1812, Battle of New Orleans, Education, Archaeology

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Also Known As

Andrew Jackson Foundation

EIN

62-0478087

 Number

7071671101

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 1889, the Andrew Jackson Foundation (formerly the Ladies' Hermitage Association) has protected, preserved and interpreted the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson as one of the oldest presidential museums and most renowned historic sites in the United States. Recent accomplishments include: * During the 2015-2016 school year, the Hermitage Education Department served over 11,885 students from 25 states. * Opening of $1.1 million dollar exhibit "Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm" in January 2015. * Transitioned to a national board of trustees and re-branded the site. . Awarded the ""Leadership in History Award of Merit"" in the Fall of 2015 by the American Association of State and Local History for our ""Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm"" exhibit. . January 2016, Flipkey (a subsidiary of TripAdvisor) named The Hermitage a ""Top Historical Spot Worth Traveling For"" in the nation and the No.1 historical attraction in Tennessee. Our most important goals for the upcoming year are: * Continued diligence in excellent care of America's most authentically preserved early-American presidential home, where over 95% of the historic collection is original to the Jackson and Donelson households. * Expansion of public events and programming to attract more members of the community to the 1,120-acre property for a greater variety of purposes, emphasizing strategic partnerships with other organizations and increased sponsorship support. . Production of an inspirational, new introductory film for the Andrew Jackson Center Theatre that will prepare visitors and set the stage for a rich, fulfilling visit; set to debut on Andrew Jackson's 250th Birthday Celebration on March 15, 2017.

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

Interpretive and Educational Programs and Tours

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage is open for tours daily except Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Tours include interpreter-led tours of the Hermitage mansion and self-guided tours of the museum, grounds, gardens, slave quarters and archaeological sites. Educational and interpretive programming is a vital part of our mission to share the stories of Andrew Jackson and his impact on our nation, of Jacksonian America, and of The Hermitage. Each year, more than 200,000 visitors from around the world and 30,000+ school-age children benefit from our educational and interpretive programs. Students in grades K-12 participate in a variety of classes, tours, and programs offered onsite or in their classroom. These programs have seen tremendous growth in recent years. From the 2015/16 school year 249 education programs were presented to students and adults representing an increase of 83% over five years and a 219% growth rate over ten years. Education programs were presented to 11,885 individuals representing a 73% five year growth rate and a ten year growth rate of 220%.Each class addresses multi-cultural and historical education from unique and differing perspectives. Visitors of all ages enjoy our numerous daily interpretive offerings that include a film, multimedia audio tours, thirty-two wayside exhibits, touch screens, and interpreter-led tours of the mansion, all providing an educational and engaging experience. In 2013, we merged our Education and Interpretation Departments into a single unit to represent our belief that individuals visiting The Hermitage will have an educational experience, regardless of age. The Education and Interpretation Department now allows for more collaboration between educators and interpreters, resulting in expanded educational opportunities for students and additional tours and lectures for adult visitors.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

377,550

Program 2

Public Programs & Events

We present a large number of events and programs throughout the year, each serving to educate and enlighten the community about Andrew Jackson and his importance in history. Living history programs, evening tours, Black History Month programs, author talks, school and group tours, the Battle of New Orleans commemoration and Andrew Jackson's Birthday Celebration are just a few of the events and programs happening annually at The Hermitage.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

195,445

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The Andrew Jackson Foundation serves the entire state of Tennessee and visitors from all over the United States and the world.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Top 4 pressing needs * Sufficient funding to fulfill all current high priority preservation needs to historic structures and new exhibit.* Board and staff development to enhance organization's ability to optimize potential for service * Effective exposure to the public-near and far-that will result in increased visitation and engagement with the site. . Effective assessments to guide the site master plan and use of various parts of the property to share the stories of Jackson's life and times in the most compelling ways.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums

American Association for State and Local History

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Financials

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ANDREW JACKSON FOUNDATION FORMERLY LADIES' HERMITAGE ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Hermitage / Andrew Jackson Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Howard J. Kittell

BIO

Our President and CEO, Howard Kittell has been with The Hermitage since November 2008. He has extensive experience in non-profit and government administration, historic preservation, and land conservation. For the 10 years prior to his position at The Hermitage, Kittell had been the Executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in Virginia. In that capacity, Kittell oversaw the preservation of 10 Civil War battlefields, interpretive programs, and promoting heritage tourism.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Hermitage, home place of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the finest presidential homes in America. This National Historic Landmark exists today thanks to a determined and resourceful group of Nashvillians who, in 1889, founded the Andrew Jackson Foundation (formerly The Ladies' Hermitage Association) to protect, preserve, and interpret The Hermitage as a place to experience and consider the life, times and impact of Andrew Jackson on our nation. Jackson, a pioneer, entrepreneur, military leader, politician, 7th United States President, and national hero, ""Converted the Founders' Republic to a democracy"". (Time; 7 February 2011) The generosity of donors, foundations, and guests enables us to offer an outstanding visitor experience to a broad and diverse audience of all ages. I hope you will make an opportunity to visit The Hermitage - come for the history and leave inspired. It is truly a national treasure right here in Nashville."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Francis Spradley

Community Volunteer

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

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