Morven Museum & Garden Adopts new Strategic Plan

Funding provided by New Jersey Cultural Trust to enable increased community engagement and relevance
By: Morven Museum & Garden
One of Morven's Permanent Exhibition galleries
One of Morven's Permanent Exhibition galleries
PRINCETON, N.J. - Jan. 11, 2021 - PRLog -- --  The Trustees of Historic Morven, Inc, the operating body of Morven Museum & Garden, recently unveiled a new strategic plan effective through the year 2023 positioning the Museum for two important anniversaries: 20 years operating as a Museum in 2024 and the 250th of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.  Morven's new plan, funded in total by a grant from New Jersey Cultural Trust, is rooted in building on the foundation of its recently reinterpreted permanent collection and opening of the Stockton Education Center and grows the understanding of our world today through thoughtful examination of our collective history, thus informing our future.   Adopting a Belief and Vision Statement for the first time, Morven also refined its Mission statement in the process while identifying goal areas where energy and resources will be directed over the next several years.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on December 10, 2020 the new Institutional Statement is as follows:

Our Belief is that history is an anchor to the past and a beacon to the future. Preserving and examining the past is vital for educating good citizens who will build a greater society.

Our Vision is that one day all citizens will know and understand America's history and pursue civic duty actively and responsibly.

Our Mission is to preserve and celebrate Morven's legacy by sharing its authentic stories.

The Strategic Planning process was led by Co-Chairs Board Secretary, Ellen (Liza) Morehouse and Executive Director, Jill Barry, along with Morven Curator and Deputy Director Beth Allan, Board members John Healey, Rachel Herr, Richard Pierce and Marcia Zweig.   Committee work was guided by consultant Jamie Kyte Sapoch.  Morven's entire board and staff participated, augmented by 20 community stakeholders.   The year-long project began in January 2020 and, with the onset of the pandemic, pivoted its approach and adjusted some of its work to better position the Museum for potential future emergencies.

The plan's key goals encompass preparation for the 20th anniversary of Morven Museum & Garden to be celebrated in 2024, and the National celebration of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in 2026.

"These two milestones, if properly planned for,  provide a unique opportunity for increased community engagement and relevance to a broader conversation about history, civic duty and the people, both past and present, who make us who we are today," Barry noted recently.

Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For details visit

Debra Lampert-Rudman
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Tags:Historic Landmark
Location:Princeton - New Jersey - United States
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