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Presented By: William L. Clements Library

The Clements Bookworm: Fundraising has a history you can tell through Objects with Amanda Moniz

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We know the names of major givers in American history. We recognize the power of the everyday philanthropists who have shaped and reshaped the nation. But we have largely overlooked the stories of people who have done the hard work of raising money for charitable causes from the colonial era to today. Yet fundraising has a history and Amanda Moniz is working to tell it as she builds the Smithsonian’s new philanthropy collection.

Amanda B. Moniz, Ph.D., is the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She curates a long-term exhibit, Giving in America, and is building the Smithsonian's collection of objects telling stories about Americans' historical experiences of giving, fundraising, and working in and using charitable institutions. Her book, From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism, was awarded ARNOVA’S inaugural Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize. She is currently working on a biography of Isabella Graham, an immigrant widow who transformed philanthropy in early national New York, and is grateful to the Clements Library for supporting research in its collections about Graham. Moniz received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2008, and during graduate school, she worked at the Clements as a curatorial assistant in the Manuscript Division.

This episode of the Clements Bookworm is generously sponsored by Kristin Cabral ‘88, Member of the Clements Library Associates Board.
Amanda Moniz. Amanda Moniz.
Amanda Moniz.

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