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2 West Donors

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous donors whose support made possible The Nation We Build Together:


American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith


Linda and Pete Claussen


Wallace H. Coulter Foundation | Sue Van
The Theodore Craver Family in memory of Frederick Craver
Diana Davis Spencer Foundation


The Pew Charitable Trusts
History Channel/A+E Networks
David C. Frederick and Sophia Lynn
Altria Group
Marcia and Frank Carlucci
Peter and Rhondda Grant


Elizabeth and Whitney MacMillan
Ambassador Nicholas F. Taubman and Mrs. Eugenia L. Taubman
Donna and Marvin Schwartz
Paul Neely
Robert and Lynne Uhler
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin
John and Jennifer Monsky
Sandy, Cindy, Hayden, Thea, Sabrina and William Sigal


Many Voices, One Nation


Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Sue Van


Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Zegar Family Foundation


Marjie and Steve Alloy
T.Z. and Irmgard Chu
History Channel/A+E Networks
Hsieh Family Foundation
Bill and Mary Kim
Rafat and Shaista Mahmood & family
George and Judy Marcus
Segal Family Foundation
Enrique and Alejandra Segura
Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang


Bechara and Rita Nammour
Perry Ellis International
Jean-Paul and Carol Ann Vallès
Yuvraj, Ieena, Bubbly and Mac Duggal
Li Lu Humanitarian Foundation
Ann Ratner and Ratner Companies
John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe
Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin
Hilda Ochoa and Arturo Brillembourg Family Foundation
Cappello Family Foundation
Giuseppe and Mercedes Cecchi
George Sarlo
Frits van Paasschen and Laura di Bonaventura


Religion in Early America


Ambassador Nicholas F. Taubman and Mrs. Eugenia L. Taubman


The Foundation for Religious Literacy and H. Bruce McEver


Wallace H. Coulter Unity Square


Ambassador Nicholas F. Taubman and Mrs. Eugenia L. Taubman


The Foundation for Religious Literacy and H. Bruce McEver


Religion in Early America


Wallace H. Coulter Foundation | Sue Van
Julie and Greg Flynn Family Fund


History Channel/A+E Networks


Within These Walls


National Association of Realtors


Programs and Endowments


Lilly Endowment Inc.


Paul Neely


Carnegie Corporation of New York


Daniel K. Inouye Institute, a program fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation


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