Accomplishments

API’s accomplishments include:

  • Program Director Kris Myers moderated a panel entitled “Where the Girls Are: Teen Feminism at a Historic Site” panel at the MAAM (Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums) Annual Meeting in Wilmington, DE. Girls Advisory Council members Deisha Brahma and Kayleigh Schweiker participated in a panel.
  • API’s Lead-A-Way program was featured on the New Jersey Education Association’s Classroom Close-Up program on NJTV in fall 2016.
  • API gave letter testimony encouraging President Obama to make the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument a new National Park Site in April 2016.
  • API successfully advocated for Alice Paul to be included on the back of the new $10 bill, scheduled for issue in 2020.
  • API supports the Alice Paul Congressional Gold Medal Act, sponsored by NJ Congressman Tom MacArthur and NJ Senator Robert Menendez. Executive Director Lucienne Beard testified before the NJ State Assembly Government Affairs Committee to memorialize Senator Menendez’s Congressional Gold Medal Act.
  • In spring 2016, API program director Kris Myers and Girls Advisory Council Coordinator Taylor Gilbert presented at the National Council for History Education (NCHE) annual conference.  Kris Myers presented on a National Archives panel, The ERA: Yesterday & Today, in Washington, D.C.
  • In fall 2015, API opened Alice Paul: In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality, the first exhibit on Alice Paul at Paulsdale, increasing open visitation hours from 2 to more than 66 hours/month, making Paulsdale a top cultural destination in South Jersey.
  • API is a founding co-sponsor of the International Day of the Girl Child program at the United Nations.
  • API launched the NJ Women’s History website, www.njwomenshistory.org,  featuring the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail, the most comprehensive statewide women’s history trail in the country.
  • Voted “Best Girls Leadership Program” by South Jersey Magazine, July 2013.
  • API program director Kris Myers’ chapter “Paulsdale: Adapting Alice Paul’s Birthplace for a New Generation of Leaders”, was published in the edited collection Born in the USA: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory in 2012.
  • Recipient of multiple awards, including BPW/NJ Women of Achievement award (May 2011); the Women in Municipal Government Day award (March 2011); the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award, 2011; recognition in New Jersey Monthly magazine as a “Best of Jersey” for Advocate, March 2006.
  • Received 1st place- History Education category – for the “Meeting Alice” elementary school field trip program by the Burlington County Freeholders in honor of National Historic Preservation Month, May 2011.
  • Winner of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey’s Kevin M. Hale Annual Publications Awards (Media) for the DVD, The Life of Alice Stokes Paul, 1885-1977, 2010.
  • API represented Alice Paul at her induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, 2010.
  • Retired the mortgage for Paulsdale, 2007.
  • Researched and published Girls Share Their Voice, a comprehensive study that summarized the evaluations of past leadership programs, current research in the field, and recommendations for expanding and changing existing leadership programs, 2007.
  • Completed the physical restoration and rehabilitation of Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s birthplace and family home, a full scale project making the entire building compliant with public use.
  • Created the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail, a comprehensive survey of women’s sites statewide, the first such survey in the country, 2003.
  • Founding convener of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, 2002.
  • Special recognition for visionary leadership in bringing women into the mainstream of American history by The President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History, 1999.
  • Obtained National Historic Landmark status for Paulsdale, 1991.
  • Purchased Paulsdale, 1990.
  • Purchased the only known books, papers, and personal memorabilia of Alice Paul, 1987. The collection was donated to The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
  • Launched the Alice Paul Institute (then the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation) by commemorating Alice Paul’s 100th birthday with the presentation of Alice Paul Women of Courage Awards to astronaut Sally Ride, Sonia Johnson and Judge Lisa Richette, 1985.