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“We’ve got to tell the unvarnished truth.” — John Hope Franklin

 

THANK YOU

Unvarnished: Housing Discrimination in the Northern and Western United States is an educational exhibition under the direction of the Naperville Heritage Society.  

We are indebted to the people who contributed to this project in a myriad of ways.  This collaborative effort included the consortium project team, community members, scholars, content advisors, museum practitioners, researchers, K-12 teachers and administrators, Naper Settlement staff, technical designers and developers, artifact and archival material lenders and those who shared their stories with us. 

We are thankful for every person and organization that helped us to share this important and often overlooked history that defined, and is still impacting, many of our communities.  

Funders

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant #MG-20-17-0022-17.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.govExternal Link and follow us on FacebookExternal Link and TwitterExternal Link.

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this on-line exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Additional funding provided by:

THE UNVARNISHED CONSORTIUM PROJECT TEAM

Naper Settlement, administered by the Naperville Heritage Society, Naperville, Illinois

Unvarnished Project Director, Donna K. Sack, Vice President and Chief Program Officer 
Andrea Field, Ph.D., Curator of Research  
Jeanne Schultz Angel, Associate Vice President 

African Heritage, Incorporated, Appleton, Wisconsin

Omobolade (Bola) Delano-Oriaran, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Public History and Archives Committee, Co-Chair
Nicholas Hoffman, Public Historian, Public History and Archives Committee, Co-Chair
Sabrina Robins, Ph.D., Board Member, Public History and Archives Committee, Co-Chair

Brea Museum & Historical Society, Brea, California

Linda Shay, Ph.D., Executive Director and Curator 

Ohio History Connection, Columbus, Ohio

Eric Feingold, History Curator  
Anthony Gibbs, Donor Relations Manager  

Oak Park River Forest Museum, operated by The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park, Illinois

Sarah E. Doherty, Ph.D., Board Member 
Frank Lipo, Executive Director 

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, West Hartford, Connecticut

Sheila Daley, Curator and Director of Special Projects
Jennifer DiCola Matos, Executive Director  

Cultural Advisor

Charmaine Jefferson, J.D., Kélan Resources Los Angeles, CA

 

 

ADVISORS 

Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D., Lewis University, Naperville, IL 
Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Ph.D., Creative Strategies 360°, Santa Fe, NM
Gretchen Sorin, Ph.D., Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY
Thomas J. Sugrue, Ph.D., New York University, New York City, NY
Noelle Trent, Ph.D., National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN

 

 

AUDIENCE RESEARCHER

Susie Wilkening, Wilkening Consulting, Seattle, WA  


 

EXHIBIT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Night Kitchen InteractiveExternal Link

 

 

RESEARCH, WRITING, AND CONTENT SUPPORT

William Adair, Museum Education Consultant, Philadelphia, PA
Melanie Adams, Ph.D., Museum Leader, Washington, D.C. 
Dina Bailey, Consultant, Mountain Top Vision, Atlanta, GA 
Jamie Christopher, Educator, Batavia, IL 
Ann Cluxton, Educator, Aurora, IL 
Sarah E. Doherty, Ph.D., Historian, North Park University, Chicago, IL 
Robert Fieseler, Journalist, New Orleans, LA 
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, New York City, NY 
James W. Loewen, Ph.D., Sociologist, (1942-2021)  Washington, D.C. 
Matthew Norvell, Researcher, Chicago, IL 
Martha Norkunas, Ph.D., Historian, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 
Michelle Moon, Saltworks Interpretive Services, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 
Sarah Pharaon, Dialogic, South Orange, NJ 
Jennifer Rowe, Ed.D., Equity Specialist, La Grange, IL 
Margo Shay, Ph.D., Historian, Salem State University, Salem, MA
Doreen Uhaus Sauer, Local History Consultant, Columbus, OH
Jessica Walsh, Educator, Aurora, IL

 

 

INTERVIEWS AND ORAL HISTORIES 

Mayor Shari Cantor, West Hartford, CT
Nancy Chen, Naperville, IL
Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D., Naperville, IL
Mary Donahue, West Hartford, CT
Omobolade (Bola) Delano-Oriaran, Ph.D., Appleton, WI
Sarah E. Doherty, Ph.D., Oak Park, IL 
Donald Elder (1928-2022), Columbus, OH 
Paige Glotzer, Ph.D., Madison, WI
Antonia Harlan, Naperville, IL
Melvin Harris, Columbus, OH
Betty Hoffman, Ph.D., West Hartford, CT
Charmaine Jefferson, J.D., Los Angeles, CA
Saily Joshi, J.D., Naperville, IL
Bernard Kleina, Wheaton, IL 
Ray Odom, J.D., Wheaton, IL
Sarah-Long-Radloff, Appleton, WI
Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Ph.D., Santa Fe, NM
Sherlynn Reid (1935-2021), Oak Park, IL (Courtesy of the Village of Oak Park, IL) 
Al Rossell, Oak Park, IL (Courtesy of the Village of Oak Park, IL)
Donna K. Sack, Naperville, IL
Kathi Seifert, Appleton, WI
Reita Smith, Columbus, OH
Macarena (Rena) Tamayo-Calabrese, J.D., Naperville, IL
Tracey Wilson, Ph.D., West Hartford, CT

 

 

VIDEO HOST

Regina Mitchell
 

 

THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES, ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMS PROVIDED PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIAL 

African Heritage, Incorporated
Appleton Evening Crescent 
Ball State University
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 
Brea Historical Society
Chicago Defender Archives 
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Tribune, Tribune Content Agency, LLC
City of Euclid, OH Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut State Library 
DC History Center
Denver Public Library 
Edmond Historical Society and Museum 
Federal Housing Authority, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Getty Images
Hartford Courant, Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library
Herblock Foundation
History Museum at the Castle 
Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest 
Bernard Kleina
Land Records, West Hartford, CT
Lawrence University 
LBJ Presidential Library 
Library of Congress
Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center
Ohio History Connection
Oklahoma Historical Society
Orange County Public Records
Life Magazine
Lincoln Hill Cares
Los Angeles Public Library 
Los Angeles Sentinel Archive 
Mapping Inequality 
The McAuley, West Hartford
Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Missouri State University 
Museum at the Castle
National Archives 
National Association of REALTORS®
Naperville Heritage Society Archives 
National Japanese American Historical Society 
National Park Service 
Newspapers.com 
New York Times Digital Archive
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society
North Central College Archives 
Ohio History Connection 
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern 
Oshkosh Public Museum 
Kathi Seifert Personal Collection 
Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
State Historical Society of Missouri  
Tribune Content Agency, LLC
University of Chicago Map Collection 
University of Minnesota
Village of Oak Park 
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Washington State Historical Society
West Hartford Public Library 
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Veterans Museum 
Wisconsin Weekly Advocate 
Wyckoff Historical Society

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING IN AUDIENCE RESEARCH

African Heritage, Incorporated 
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Brea Museum & Historical Society
Cambridge Historical Society
Campbell Museums
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chicago History Museum
Cincinnati Museum Center
Connecticut Landmarks
Conner Prairie
Coronado Historical Association
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
Discovery Museum
Ford’s Theatre Society 
Genesee Country Village & Museum
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Hennepin History Museum
Historic New England
Historical Society of Mount Pleasant
History Center Washington County
History Museum at the Castle
History Nebraska
Illinois Education Association
Illinois Equity Teachers Working Group
James Madison's Montpelier
Johnson County Museum
Mansfield Historical Museum
Michigan History Center
Minnesota Historical Society 
The Museums at Lisle Station Park
Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville
Naper Settlement
National Civil Rights Museum 
National Museum of American History
Newport Historical Society
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society
Oak Park River Forest Museum
Ohio History Connection
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Tampa Bay History Center
The Tenement Museum
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Virginia Museum of History & Culture 
Washington State Historical Society
Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Wisconsin Historical Society 
Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum