The Stewart House Museum Achieves National Standards of Excellence
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 10, 2013)– The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation is proud to announce The Stewart House Museum has completed the Museum Assessment Program, signifying its continuing efforts to meet national standards of excellence in museum practice.
The Stewart House was the childhood home of Mary Moore Stewart, one of Kappa’s six Founders, and is considered the birthplace of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Located in Monmouth, Ill., the house was later converted into a museum dedicated to educating members and the public about the heritage of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and its importance to the women’s movement.
Completion of the program marks an important step toward The Stewart House Museum being among the best small- to medium-sized museums in the U.S.
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is an initiative administered by the American Alliance of Museums and funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Through a yearlong period of self-assessment and peer review, MAP provides participating museums with the opportunity to understand how their operations compare to the best practices in the field.
“MAP gave us the incredible opportunity to review everything we do at The Stewart House Museum,” said Kylie Smith, Archivist and Museum Curator. “Everything was on the table and open to professional scrutiny. The outcome was a strong affirmation of our mission and current efforts as well as a roadmap for future success.”
The Stewart House is a beautiful 1865 Victorian home situated on nearly two acres adjacent to the Monmouth College campus. The home is a historic place of remembrance for members of the organization. It is the site of both the writing of Kappa’s Constitution and signing of its Charter, and it was host to some of the earliest Kappa meetings.
The Stewart House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1989 for its significance as the founding home of one of the earliest women's fraternities and its importance in the progression of the women's movement. The Stewart House Museum is now owned by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and guided tours are available to the public.
For more on The Stewart House Museum, visit www.stewarthouse.org.