Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Publicity: Honors and Awards

Cover of Scrapbook Activity GuideAmerican Association of Museums
Publication Design Competition (2007)
Educational Resource

The American Association of Museums awarded first place in the category of "Educational Resource" to the Jewish Historical Society's Scrapbook Activity Guide in its publications competition.  The only national, juried competition of its kind, it has encouraged excellence in the graphic design of museum publications for more than 25 years. Designed by Addison Hall, the Guide helps elementary school students and their families navigate through our exhibition, Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community.

American Association for State and Local History
Leadership in History Award of Merit (2006)

Exhibition installation photoThe Jewish Historical Society won a nationally recognized Leadership in History Award of Merit from the prestigious American Association for State and Local History for the exhibition Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community.  Since 1945, this has been the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

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American Association of Museums
Publication Design Competition (2003)

New Years postcard, 1910The American Association of Museums' publication competition acknowledges excellence in the graphic design of museum publications. It is the only national, juried event involving publications produced by museums of all kinds and sizes. The Jewish Historical Society's submitted publication was chosen to receive an honorable mention in the category of "Invitations."

Designed by Jeanne Krohn, the submitted invitation reproduces a 1910 Rosh Hashanah postcard from the Society's archives. The innovative invitation design allowed invitees to detach the postcard from the invitation and mail it - replicating the turn-of-the century practice of sending postcard greetings during holidays. This design allowed the Society to use the invite to inform and educate our members about cultural traditions.

Competitive Grants

Page from design booklet

Page from design booklet that resulted from the 2005 grant

National Endowment for the Humanities

2010 - Purchase archival supplies and shelving to complete the rehousing of two major collections, a storage cabinet to house the growing collection of ritual and historical objects, and a datalogger to provide environmental monitoring of the collections storage area
– Plan an innovative and engaging long-term interpretive installation in 1876 synagogue
- Purchase archival supplies and shelving to house the Rabbi Tzvi Porath archives, a major collection documenting the first Jewish congregation in Montgomery County, Maryland, as well as shelving and supplies to properly store framed materials and house institutional archives
2001 - Consultation with scholars and interpretive specialists for the first phase in creating a comprehensive interpretive plan for the 1876 synagogue
2001 - Re-house all oversize material in our manuscript and photograph collections by purchasing archival supplies and three flat file cabinets to house these collections

National Trust for Historic Preservation

2010 - Create plans for a continued maintenance and restoration projects related to the 1876 synagogue
- Architectural study to find the most cost effective and architecturally appropriate design for the restoration, renovation and infill of the 1876 synagogue site
- Conduct a capital campaign feasibility study to assess potential to raise the funds needed to restore/rehabilitate the 1876 synagogue and create additional space to house administrative offices and programs outside the confines of the historic structure
- Produce Historic Structures Report to learn more about the architectural and historical background and social history of the synagogue

Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Interpretation of Historic Synagogue
2011 - Installation of exhibition panels
2009 - Humanities scholar panel
2006 - Genealogy research of Adas Israel's early congregants and curatorial consultant

2012 - Voices of the Vigil
- Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community
1997 - Ties That Bind: Washington-Area Jews and the Birth of Israel 1938–1950
1995 - Louis D. Brandeis: American Zionist

Media Projects
1996 - Tzedakah: Jewish Women Creating a Capital Community, 1895–1948
- A Capital Community