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The Marian Anderson Residence Museum: A Philadelphia and National Treasure
The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum is the Epi-Center for the Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson. The understated exterior of the 19th century, 3-story Marian Anderson House at 762 South Martin Street (Marian Anderson Way- in-between 19th &20th & Fitzwater Street in Center City West Rittenhouse Square District ) bears a plaque from the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Declared a Historic Landmark by the state of Pennsylvania & The Marian Anderson Residence Museum has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Ms. Anderson bought the house in 1924, transforming the small basement into an entertainment center. The area included a portable bar stocked with champagne and water (Anderson’s favorite drinks), a few pieces of furniture and a piano. Here she would entertain friends and fellow musicians while resting up from world tours. Blacks during this time could not go out socially, so homeowners would enhance their basements to entertain friends. Ms. Anderson’s modest home contains rare photos, books, memorabilia and films about her life. The museum is run and maintained by The Marian Anderson Historical Society & changes its Exhibition theme every year giving visitors new and exciting perspectives on Marian Andersons amazing life. The organization was founded by Blanche Burton-Lyles and has existed for the past 20 years. The society itself consists of The Marian Anderson Residence Museum. Beyond that, the area around these sites has been named the Marian Anderson Heritage Village, which proudly boasts flags around the neighborhood. Along with the Museum the Marian Anderson Scholar Artist Program is a major fixture that supports young Artists, classical & opera singers, instrumentalists, visual artists & more ages 18 -45 who are ambassadors of Marian Andersons Musical Legacy. These artists perform regularly for a season of shows & events that the society sponsors, and perform around the world. Book Your Group Tour Today ! Marian Anderson Museum office @ 215-779-4219 As Soon As Possible : www.marianandersonhistoricalsociety.weebly.com
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The United States Treasury Secretary Seeks Inspiration From Marian Anderson Museum For New $5 Bill
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Secretary for the US Treasury spent Friday afternoon in South Philadelphia at the home of the late Marian Anderson, looking for some inspiration. October 21, 2016 7:26 PMBy Cherri Gregg From her music, to her fashion and her trailblazing impact on history, all packed into her modest home near 20th and Fitzwater. “Marian Anderson’s story is the story of America,” says Jacob Lew, US Treasury Secretary. Lew announced in the spring that the Treasury would be re-designing several bills of US currency, to add more women to the fold. The face of the $20 bill will feature abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the back of the new $10 bill will feature images telling the story of women’s suffrage and the back of the new $5 bill will depict historic events that took place at the Lincoln Memorial. “The Lincoln Memorial is more than just a monument to Abraham Lincoln,” says Lew, “it is one of the great spots in our country where people committed to making this country better go to make a statement.” The re-design of the five dollar bill will feature a composite image of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream Speech,” as well as Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson from Anderson’s 1939 performance on the steps of the memorial, which broke racial barriers. At the time, concert halls in Washington DC were segregated; and ,any historian’s believe that Anderson’s concert, performed at the invitation of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, launched the civil rights movement. “Life today is different in this country because of what happened on the steps of the Lincoln memorial that day,” says Lew. Anderson was also a US Ambassador and patriot, donating majority of the proceeds from her platinum selling “Voice of America” album to the country’s WWII effort. “That shows you so much about her love of country and her patriotism,” says Jillian Pirtle, historian and president of the Marian Anderson Historical Society. “I think Marian would be looking down and smiling, knowing that the country she loved so much will memorialize her in this way,” she says.” Lew says the new $5 bill design is still in progress and will likely be released under the next administration.
A Brand New Exhibit Presented by the National Marian Anderson Museum
The National Marian Anderson Museum is honored to be in Partnership with the Outstanding Project 440 Organization. We are expanding the Living Musical Legacy. Click on the icon to learn more about Project 440.