Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Museum Seeks Smithsonian Partnership

Jan 21, 2014

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Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall National Museum and Archives is seeking a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

The Stonewall, the nation's largest collection of LGBT literature and periodicals, has applied for membership to the Smithsonian Affiliations program. The program would allow both museums to exchange artifacts among 183 affiliates across 43 states, Panama and Puerto Rico.

The Fort Lauderdale organization is also working on a new, 2,000- square-foot gallery in Wilton Manors presenting popular Time articles with LGBT themes and a "Dear Abby" exhibit showcasing letters from the 1907s and 1980s.

Executive director John Jobin hopes the museum's possible Smithsonian affiliation and new endeavors will raise the Stonewall's visitors from the current 500-per-month average.

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