The Department of Membership and Programs handles the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's fundraising, special events, education, membership, and volunteer programs. One of the fundraising programs is the annual benefit auction of antiques and fine works of art. From 1974 to 1976, the funds earned from these auctions were used for the renovation of the Carnegie Mansion, and since 1977, to support the Museum's education programs.
The first auction was coordinated by Dorothy Twining Globus, an Exhibits Specialist in the Museum. Mary Kerr, Assistant Registrar, coordinated the second auction in 1975. In 1976, responsibility for the auctions was combined with a new membership program under Kerr as Membership Coordinator.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 284, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Department of Membership and Programs, Records
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