Celebrate American Home Week 'Within These Walls ... '

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Association of Realtors

    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Local associations of Realtors(R)
 around the country will be encouraging residents of their communities to
 explore the history of their own homes in celebration of American Home Week,
 April 22-28, and the opening of a new exhibition at the National Museum of
 American History, in Washington, D.C., that depicts the importance of
 homeownership during the last 250 years of history, according to the NATIONAL
 ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS(R).
    This year's American Home Week is devoted to celebrating "Within These
 Walls ... " a new exhibition sponsored by NAR in partnership with the
 Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. American
 Home Week is celebrated in communities across the nation each April, and is
 marked by a variety of activities sponsored by a community's local association
 of Realtors(R) in an effort to increase the public's awareness of
 homeownership and everyone's right to own property.
     "By linking this year's American Home Week celebrations around the country
 to the "Within These Walls ... " exhibition, we can further help to keep alive
 the importance of homeownership and what it means to families and communities
 just as the Smithsonian has done with the house in the museum," NAR President
 Richard A. Mendenhall said.
     The exhibition opens in Washington, D.C., to the public May 16th during
 the Realtors(R)' Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
     "During the weeklong celebration, Realtors(R) will work to remind
 individuals, businesses and industries of their rights and responsibilities as
 citizens and property owners to work for the betterment of their community,"
 Mendenhall said. "All the activities Realtors(R) will sponsor during this time
 will reflect their commitment to making everyone in their community aware that
 homeownership is the cornerstone of any thriving community, and that ordinary
 homes and ordinary people do make history," he added.
     The "Within These Walls ... " exhibition is centered on a two-and-a-half
 story house that stood in Ipswich, Mass., for more than 200 years.  Built in
 the 1760s, just 30 miles north of Boston, the house stood from colonial days
 through the early 1960s when it was saved from demolition by an Ipswich
 citizen and then brought to the Smithsonian Institution, according to curators
 at the National Museum of American History.
     Though the house was exhibited in the museum from 1967 to 1982, as an
 example of colonial building practices, for nearly 20 years it has been off
 view to the public. As part of the new exhibit, museum staff has conducted
 research that focuses on the social history of the house and the many ways
 Americans have continually redefined the meaning of "home" and its
 relationship to the outside world. Through the exhibition, a picture of
 everyday home life played out against the backdrop of eras in American
 history, such as Colonial America, the American Revolution, slavery and
 abolition, the industrial revolution and World War II, is explored.
     "It's really an ordinary house with extraordinary history, and that's what
 makes it the perfect emblem of the role of homeownership in laying the
 foundation for this country's dynamism," Mendenhall said.
     "To celebrate this wonderful new exhibition being sponsored by the
 Realtors(R) and American Home Week, we encourage you to start your own
 research into your own home," he said. "Like the Smithsonian's house from
 Ipswich, Mass., your home has a story to tell and a place in history," he
 added.
 
     The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS(R), "The Voice for Real Estate," is
 America's largest trade association, representing more than 760,000 members
 involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate
 industries.
 
     Information about NAR is available at http://nar.realtor.com .
 This and other news releases are posted in the Web site's "News for You"
 section, at http://nar.realtor.com/news .
 
     The National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is located at
 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Hours are 10:00 AM
 to 5:30 PM daily; closed December 25. Admission is free.  The museum's Web
 site is http://americanhistory.si.edu .
 
 

SOURCE National Association of Realtors
    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Local associations of Realtors(R)
 around the country will be encouraging residents of their communities to
 explore the history of their own homes in celebration of American Home Week,
 April 22-28, and the opening of a new exhibition at the National Museum of
 American History, in Washington, D.C., that depicts the importance of
 homeownership during the last 250 years of history, according to the NATIONAL
 ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS(R).
    This year's American Home Week is devoted to celebrating "Within These
 Walls ... " a new exhibition sponsored by NAR in partnership with the
 Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. American
 Home Week is celebrated in communities across the nation each April, and is
 marked by a variety of activities sponsored by a community's local association
 of Realtors(R) in an effort to increase the public's awareness of
 homeownership and everyone's right to own property.
     "By linking this year's American Home Week celebrations around the country
 to the "Within These Walls ... " exhibition, we can further help to keep alive
 the importance of homeownership and what it means to families and communities
 just as the Smithsonian has done with the house in the museum," NAR President
 Richard A. Mendenhall said.
     The exhibition opens in Washington, D.C., to the public May 16th during
 the Realtors(R)' Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
     "During the weeklong celebration, Realtors(R) will work to remind
 individuals, businesses and industries of their rights and responsibilities as
 citizens and property owners to work for the betterment of their community,"
 Mendenhall said. "All the activities Realtors(R) will sponsor during this time
 will reflect their commitment to making everyone in their community aware that
 homeownership is the cornerstone of any thriving community, and that ordinary
 homes and ordinary people do make history," he added.
     The "Within These Walls ... " exhibition is centered on a two-and-a-half
 story house that stood in Ipswich, Mass., for more than 200 years.  Built in
 the 1760s, just 30 miles north of Boston, the house stood from colonial days
 through the early 1960s when it was saved from demolition by an Ipswich
 citizen and then brought to the Smithsonian Institution, according to curators
 at the National Museum of American History.
     Though the house was exhibited in the museum from 1967 to 1982, as an
 example of colonial building practices, for nearly 20 years it has been off
 view to the public. As part of the new exhibit, museum staff has conducted
 research that focuses on the social history of the house and the many ways
 Americans have continually redefined the meaning of "home" and its
 relationship to the outside world. Through the exhibition, a picture of
 everyday home life played out against the backdrop of eras in American
 history, such as Colonial America, the American Revolution, slavery and
 abolition, the industrial revolution and World War II, is explored.
     "It's really an ordinary house with extraordinary history, and that's what
 makes it the perfect emblem of the role of homeownership in laying the
 foundation for this country's dynamism," Mendenhall said.
     "To celebrate this wonderful new exhibition being sponsored by the
 Realtors(R) and American Home Week, we encourage you to start your own
 research into your own home," he said. "Like the Smithsonian's house from
 Ipswich, Mass., your home has a story to tell and a place in history," he
 added.
 
     The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS(R), "The Voice for Real Estate," is
 America's largest trade association, representing more than 760,000 members
 involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate
 industries.
 
     Information about NAR is available at http://nar.realtor.com .
 This and other news releases are posted in the Web site's "News for You"
 section, at http://nar.realtor.com/news .
 
     The National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is located at
 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Hours are 10:00 AM
 to 5:30 PM daily; closed December 25. Admission is free.  The museum's Web
 site is http://americanhistory.si.edu .
 
 SOURCE  National Association of Realtors

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