Arts, Culture, and Humanities

JOHNSON HOUSE HISTORIC SITE INC

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.johnsonhouse.org

Mission Statement

Mission: The Johnson House Historic Site, a Center Social Advocacy, is a historic house museum that represents what everyday people have done and can do to make a difference in their community and beyond. The example of partnership—between Africans seeking freedom and the abolitionist Johnson family—serves as a catalyst to inspire, uplift and empower current and future generations. We accomplish these goals by creating interactive educational opportunities, fostering community initiatives and preserving the historic integrity of the house, grounds and outlier buildings.

Areas Served: Johnson House is located in Germantown, a neighborhood well known for community involvement. A diverse and progressive area, it is just 6 miles northwest of Center City Philadelphia. Many young, educated families are choosing to settle in Germantown and have demonstrated their eagerness to participate in an increasingly diverse arts and culture menu. While there is considerable ethnic and racial harmony across diverse groups in our community, stark challenges for certain groups that JHHS are well­ positioned to serve are revealed by looking at levels of income, employment and educational statistics. According to the Census Bureau, in 2010, the total population for our primary target area (Germantown, East Germantown, and a small section of Mt. Airy) is 74,443. The median income for zip code 19144 is $32,286; zip code 19138 is $39,820; and zip code 19119 is $55,940. Of those populations, 21.4% of families earn below $14,999. In addition, 14.6% of families earn below the federal poverty level. Unemployment is at 7.8%; of which a high percentage is single women with families experiencing multiple social and health barriers. However, a much higher figure is suspected, since 15%­ - 20% have stopped trying to seek employment. In Philadelphia, the percentage of unemployed African Americans is 16.7%, significantly higher than the county's percentage of 7.8%. Published test scores amply demonstrate a need for focused efforts to improve our failing local public schools and opportunities for educational enrichment for young people in general. As just one example, the on­time graduation rate for Philadelphia high school seniors was only 61% in 2012, but that was the best in over 10 years.

JHHS' target area has 8,701 households with children and we are ready to serve them well.

Main Programs

  1. History Hunter's Youth Reporter Program
Service Areas

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Geographic Areas Served: Johnson House is located in Germantown, a neighborhood well known for community involvement. A diverse and progressive area, it is just 6 miles northwest of Center City Philadelphia. Many young, educated families are choosing to settle in Germantown and have demonstrated their eagerness to participate in an increasingly diverse arts and culture menu. While there is considerable ethnic and racial harmony across diverse groups in our community, stark challenges for certain groups that JHHS are well­ positioned to serve are revealed by looking at levels of income, employment and educational statistics. According to the Census Bureau, in 2010, the total population for our primary target area (Germantown, East Germantown, and a small section of Mt. Airy) is 74,443. The median income for zip code 19144 is $32,286; zip code 19138 is $39,820; and zip code 19119 is $55,940. Of those populations, 21.4% of families earn below $14,999. In addition, 14.6% of families earn below the federal poverty level. Unemployment is at 7.8%; of which a high percentage is single women with families experiencing multiple social and health barriers. However, a much higher figure is suspected, since 15%­ - 20% have stopped trying to seek employment. In Philadelphia, the percentage of unemployed African Americans is 16.7%, significantly higher than the county's percentage of 7.8%. Published test scores amply demonstrate a need for focused efforts to improve our failing local public schools and opportunities for educational enrichment for young people in general. As just one example, the on­time graduation rate for Philadelphia high school seniors was only 61% in 2012, but that was the best in over 10 years.

JHHS' target area has 8,701 households with children and we are ready to serve them well.

ruling year

1997

Executive Director

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Ms. Cornelia Swinson

Keywords

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History, museum, arts and culture, advocacy, education

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EIN

23-2860359

 Number

1343012183

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Program 1

History Hunter's Youth Reporter Program

Through our History Hunters Youth Reporting Program we offer museum education to introduce students to Germantown’s history through classroom activities and follow-up visits to five area historic house museums. Annually, almost 2,600 public school students “hunt” for history right in their own neighborhoods – fulfilling state education requirements in partnership with local schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$25,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Geographic Areas Served: Johnson House is located in Germantown, a neighborhood well known for community involvement. A diverse and progressive area, it is just 6 miles northwest of Center City Philadelphia. Many young, educated families are choosing to settle in Germantown and have demonstrated their eagerness to participate in an increasingly diverse arts and culture menu. While there is considerable ethnic and racial harmony across diverse groups in our community, stark challenges for certain groups that JHHS are well­ positioned to serve are revealed by looking at levels of income, employment and educational statistics. According to the Census Bureau, in 2010, the total population for our primary target area (Germantown, East Germantown, and a small section of Mt. Airy) is 74,443. The median income for zip code 19144 is $32,286; zip code 19138 is $39,820; and zip code 19119 is $55,940. Of those populations, 21.4% of families earn below $14,999. In addition, 14.6% of families earn below the federal poverty level. Unemployment is at 7.8%; of which a high percentage is single women with families experiencing multiple social and health barriers. However, a much higher figure is suspected, since 15%­ - 20% have stopped trying to seek employment. In Philadelphia, the percentage of unemployed African Americans is 16.7%, significantly higher than the county's percentage of 7.8%. Published test scores amply demonstrate a need for focused efforts to improve our failing local public schools and opportunities for educational enrichment for young people in general. As just one example, the on­time graduation rate for Philadelphia high school seniors was only 61% in 2012, but that was the best in over 10 years.

JHHS' target area has 8,701 households with children and we are ready to serve them well.

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JOHNSON HOUSE HISTORIC SITE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Executive Director

Ms. Cornelia Swinson

BIO

As Executive Director of the Johnson House Historic Site, my responsibilities are to provide strategic leadership and management oversight of its operations including: management, resource development historical research; preservation of buildings and grounds; education/program development; fiscal management, and collaborative relationship development. Notable accomplishments include:

 Secured Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grant to support preservation projects
 Implement a FREE Annual Juneteenth Family Festival, a community cultural and history event to celebrate the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment commemorating the end of slavery
 Implemented a community driven “town watch", Germantown Child Health Watch to link eligible children to underutilized government funded health insurance programs which served as a catalyst for implementation of the state funded initiative, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
 Implemented and established Philadelphia's first Family Center, a model of comprehensive services and supports, focused on a strength based asset prevention model
 Planned and implemented the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Rebuilding Community Initiative, a national comprehensive resident-driven revitalization program to help improve the quality of life for children and families
 Assisted planning to establish the Germantown Settlement Charter School to prepare middle schools students for civic leadership to promote ethnic and multi-cultural understanding

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Located in the heart of Germantown at the corner of Germantown Avenue & Washington Lane, Johnson House Historic Site is a 240+year-old farmhouse, whose history of anti-slavery activity and UGRR station puts it right at the center of the struggle for freedom in America. Its historical focus starts with the early history of slavery in America… the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Fugitive Slave Laws that kept freedom seekers constantly on the run…and the collaborative efforts between blacks (both free and enslaved) and whites. The Johnson family were “pratitioners as well as advocates of racial equality". Their home provided refuge as a safe place for escaping enslaved Africans working to claim their to freedom. According to research conducted by noted researcher and storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, approximately 80 freedom seekers found refuge in Johnson House and were not captured.

As a Center for Social Advocacy", the Johnson House is about history and more. It is a place that seeks to “engage, facilitate conversation, and build advocacy" as tools for the community to utilize to address contemporary issues that negatively impact us today.

Cornelia Swinson
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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Patricia Jorden Bass

Retired

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