In collaboration with twelve nationally acclaimed scholars and advocates, Temple Contemporary will uncover the overlooked stories that have contributed to the United States’ ongoing pursuit of equality, tolerance, and independence. Experts in areas such as indigenous rights, marriage equality, healthcare, immigration, and environmental law will each highlight people in recent history whose vital stories of courage and inspiration are widely under-recognized. Temple Contemporary will then connect with these individuals or their surviving colleagues and collaborators and work with them to determine the most effective methods for preserving their stories and identifying objects that embody their experiences. With the intent to connect present-day concerns to the country’s revolutionary legacy, this discovery process will culminate in a public forum at the Museum of the American Revolution, featuring social and political historians, representatives of Philadelphia’s historic sites, curators, and students.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.