1801-1861

(left) Fire hat made by David Bustill Bowser, a Philadelphia philanthropist and civil rights activist
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
(right) Bust of abolitionist and reformer Lucretia Mott by Adelaide Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson Cristal

Expansion and Reform

How did philanthropy change in the United States during the era of expansion and reform?

Why was American philanthropy an important aspect of social reform during this time period?

Bust of abolitionist and reformer Lucretia Mott & Fire hat made by David Bustill Bowser

What is Philanthropy?

What is Philanthropy?

The Washington Monument: A view from the museum

Pink marble fragment

When philanthropists convinced people to save lives

A medal for the Humane Society of Massachusetts

How do the arts promote social change?

A yellowed page with black text announcing the "Grand Concert in aid of the Russian Jewish Refugees"

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