Media Advisory: Smithsonian Receives Matthew Shepard Collection

Judy and Dennis Shepard Donate Historic Collection 20 Years After Their Son’s Death
October 16, 2018
WHAT:           The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will receive a donation of
                        papers and personal objects from the parents of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay
                        college student who died of severe injuries following a vicious attack in October 1998.
 
WHEN:          Thursday, Oct. 25
                        10 a.m.
                        Media check in at 9:30 a.m.
 
WHERE:        National Museum of American History
                        Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
                        Hall of Music
 
WHO:             Judy Shepard, president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation
                        Dennis Shepard, board member emeritus of the Matthew Shepard Foundation
                        Katherine Ott, curator, National Museum of American History
                        Heather Hicks, Jared Pugh, Maderi, School of Theater, George Mason University
                        Harry Lewis, student
 
The National Museum of American History will receive a donation from Judy and Dennis Shepard representing the life of their son Matthew Shepard who died due to severe injuries he sustained during a vicious attack in October 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming.
 
The Shepards will donate personal papers highlighting Matthew's school life from elementary through college, theater scripts, photographs, correspondence and notebooks, as well as a number of objects, including a child-sized Superman cape, sandals, a wedding ring and purple ribbon award.
 
Students from George Mason University's School of Theater will perform excerpts from The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project. A brief panel discussion will follow.
 
Note to editors: Media must register in advance to cover the donation ceremony by contacting the Office of Communications and Marketing at 202-633-3129 or at hilbigv@si.edu.
 
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