I was thrilled to learn a few months ago from my Twitter friend Jared Meade that there is actually a Museum of PR! The Museum of Public Relations is a 501(c)(3) educational institution, founded in 1997, and is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving PR history. My first loves – public relations and art history – have come together in a small office in New York City.
The Museum of PR is a museum and reference library that provides a historical review of the profession through a growing collection that chronicles the evolution of the field. Why do we need this?
After reviewing the Museum of PR website it makes sense now that my back-up major was art history. So much of the world’s history revolved around different forms of communication. What time period (other than modern-day) do you think had the greatest impact on today’s public relations practices?
Other than the obvious benefits of a museum (preservation, tracking & understanding) how is the Museum of PR relevant to practitioners today?
I learned that PRSA has a foundation and partners with The Museum of PR. How would you suggest professionals use these resources? There’s a lot offered, where would one start? The Museum of PR is located in NYC. Have you been there? Does it look like a traditional museum? What might one do on a visit?
Shelley will sit down with anyone who visits and show you all the different artifacts as well as tell all her wonderful stories about her friend, Edward Bernays. C
Contact the museum and use its wealth of information to educate the next generation of professionals. There is a lot to see and learn at the Museum, so visit the website and follow @museumofpr on social media. I’ve learned so much since getting involved and also realized how much I still have to learn. Our profession’s history is like an onion, every time you peel back a layer there is another. In case you can’t tell, I’m a history nerd.
There is a focus on diversity is much of what is offered by The Museum of PR. Historically PR has not been that diverse. What is driving that and is it working?
One of the things I have learned since working with The Museum of Public Relations is that the profession is a lot more diverse than I first thought. The problem is not many of these diverse professionals received credit or recognition. The Museum of Public Relations is doing a great job of highlighting these practitioners and educating practitioners about who they were and how they impacted the profession.
For you, as a Board of Director’s member, what is the most impressive rare or original material that The Museum of PR holds?