Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Woman's Exchange

  • New Orleans, LA
  • www.hgghh.org

Mission Statement

The mission of TWE is to “continue the legacy of The Woman's Exchange, established in 1881, we dare to make a difference in historic preservation by restoring and maintaining the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses and interpreting their contribution and place in New Orleans." (Strategic Plan, Board of Managers, Adopted 2008)
Today we whole-heartedly embrace our mission with its focus on education and historic preservation. Our two museums serve as a microcosm of the larger cultural, economic, social and ethnic fabric that defined 19th-century New Orleans. Our public offerings of signature programs, including guided tours and educational activities for adults and young people, help ignite a passion for history and life-long learning

Main Programs

  1. Museum Interpretation
  2. Archaeology at the Hisotric Gallier House
Service Areas

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International

New Orleans host visitors from around the globe. So though are target service area is the greater New Orleans metropolitan are and the Gulf Coast region, our reach goes beyond the borders of our city, state and country.

ruling year

1937

Executive Director since 2007

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Ms. Mamie Sterkx Gasperecz

Keywords

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Historic House Museum, 19th Century

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Also Known As

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses

EIN

72-0408902

 Number

0631999398

Physical Address

820 St. Louis Street

New Orleans, LA 70112

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

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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Hermann-Grima /Gallier Historic Houses is an accredited, leading authority on historic preservation in the French Quarter, offering educational, entertaining, and interactive programming. We strive to maintain the integrity of our foundersalong with their passion and commitment to the preservation of history and architecture.

Programs

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Program 1

Museum Interpretation

AAM (American Alliance of Museums)-accredited, leading authorities on historic preservation in the French Quarter, the Hermann-Grima House (c.1831) and the Gallier House (c.1860) are integral parts of the history of New Orleans. Representing two distinctly different styles of architecture, these properties are important reflections of the changing tastes and attitudes of 19th-century. Situated at opposite ends of the French Quarter, these museums are central components to the historic fabric of the Vieux Carré. These historic houses are recognized as having a national significance in commemorating the history of New Orleans and the United States. Both are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and were granted National Historic Landmark status in 1975. (Approximately 2,500 places in the nation bear this distinction, and only 28 are located in New Orleans.)

The guest experience at the Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House features an accurate and compelling interpretation of the social history of New Orleans and the lives of all the people who lived within or were associated with the properties. This historical portrait includes the families of European descent who owned the residences, as well as the slaves and free people of color who lived and worked here during the 19th century.

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Program 2

Archaeology at the Hisotric Gallier House

The academically challenging, groundbreaking archaeological experience offer to students is based a Gallier House. During this three-part project, students tour and learn about 19th-century New Orleans and those who lived in the historic Gallier house, receive classroom instruction on archaeology and archaeological methods, and participate in a mock dig in the courtyard of GH—the dig is seeded with fragments from various 19th-century household objects pulled from the study collection. Strongly steeped in the sciences, this program challenges students to interpret their findings within the historical context of the 19th century.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Service Areas

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International

New Orleans host visitors from around the globe. So though are target service area is the greater New Orleans metropolitan are and the Gulf Coast region, our reach goes beyond the borders of our city, state and country.

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THE WOMAN'S EXCHANGE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Woman's Exchange

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Executive Director

Ms. Mamie Sterkx Gasperecz

BIO

Mamie Sterkx Gasperecz has served as the Executive Director of the Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses since August 2007. Prior to that time, she was a member of the Board of Managers of The Woman's Exchange, serving as Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Development Committee Chair and on the Executive Committee.
Mamie received her B.A in History and an M.B.A. from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Her previous employment included more than a decade at First Commerce Corporation/First National Bank of Commerce and several years on the adjunct faculty of the University of New Orleans' School of Business. She has served on a variety of community and professional boards, focusing on children's issues as well as historic preservation.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Mary F. Johnson

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