Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) Visits the Herndon Home Museum – January 2019

Airing Saturday, February 1st, the Georgia Radio Reading Service Program, “Out and About” with host Jody Franco provides a descriptive tour of the Herndon Home Museum. 

About Jody Franco

A native Atlantan, Jody Franco has been a volunteer in the community since she was a teenager. In the late 1970’s, she was the first paraprofessional hired by Jewish Family and Children’s Services to coordinate services for several hundred Soviet Jews who arrived from the former Soviet Union. A decade later, she was elected president of the agency and also was awarded the Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Her affection for the written word has manifested itself in many ways. In the past, Jody taught high school English and for the past 30 years, she has been a partner in The Write Time, a company that writes and produces high-end customized newsletters for corporations. In addition, Jody is a Braillist certified by the Library of Congress. For the past 12 years, she has been a weekly volunteer reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) for the Visually Impaired. And for the past two and one-half years, Jody has produced a monthly one-half hour radio program for GaRRS called ‘Out and About’.

About the GRRS 

Founded in the Mid-1970s by Jim Cashin, as the Greater Atlanta Radio Reading Service for the blind and print handicapped worked with Atlanta’s flagship daily newspapers—then The Atlanta Constitution in the mornings and The Atlanta Journal in the evenings—to be read over special “one station” radio receivers that would be donated to individuals who were visually impaired. Today Jim’s venture has grown into the statewide 24 hours/day, 7 days/week service called GaRRS, standing for The Georgia Radio Reading Service.

Check out the “Out and About” Interview and Tour below and learn more about the GRRS here. 

Check out the Herndon Home Museums “Out and About” Interview and Tour below 

HERNDON HOME MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIONS ASSESSMENT FOR PRESERVATION PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 2018

 

Museum Contact: Julissa Smith, Managing Director

Phone: 404.581.9813

Email: jwsmith@herndonhome.org

FAIC Contact: Tiffani Emig

Phone: 202-750-3346

Email: temig@conservation-us.org

HERNDON HOME MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIONS ASSESSMENT FOR PRESERVATION PROGRAM

 

ATLANTA, THE HERNDON HOME MUSEUM announces that it is one of 80 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

The core of the Herndon Home’s mission is to display the Herndon Family Collection, conduct research, and inspire another generation of business leaders and we fully expect that through our partnership with the CAP program our immediate service area will benefit from increased access and consistent information from tours of the Herndon Home Museum” said Julissa Smith, Managing Director for the Herndon Foundation

“Simply by applying for the CAP program, The Herndon Home Museum has shown a commitment to preserving cultural heritage,” said Tiffani Emig, Programs Director for FAIC.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

 

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Aboutt the Herndon Home Museum

The Herndon Home Museum is located at 587 University Place. The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation, founded in 1950 by Norris Herndon, is an homage to his father, Alonzo Herndon, an emancipated slave who became Atlanta’s first black millionaire. Alonzo was an American barber and entrepreneur who founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company (now, Atlanta Life Financial Group), one of the oldest minority-owned companies in the nation.

 

Since its inception, the Foundation has been a major benefactor to metro-Atlanta and national institutions and organizations.  Since 1983, the Foundation has been committed to the financial support and operation of the Herndon family residence as a Home Museum and in 2000, the Home was added to the distinguished list of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Herndon Home Museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for Walk in Tours and reservations are available Monday through Saturday. The mission of the Foundation is to advance the Herndon legacy by educating, mentoring and equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs, and its vision is to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in tomorrow’s leaders. Learn more at www.herndonhome.org.

 

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more about FAIC at www.conservation-us.org/foundation.

 

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram .

Atlanta Life Insurance Company celebrates 113 years of service

Immediate Release: 1 September 2018, Atlanta, Georgia

Nobel Museum highlights the contributions of ALIC Policyholder, Martin Luther King Jr.

Snap-shot of Martin Luther King Policy. 1957

The History of the World is but the Biography of great men

Four years before his own assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his dynamic leadership of the Civil Rights Movement and his steadfast commitment to achieving racial justice through nonviolent action. Dr. King’s legacy will be honored through the September 2019 in A Right to Freedom – Martin Luther King, Jr., the newest exhibition at the Nobel Center in Stockholm, Sweden, which is entirely focused on the Civil Rights icon and the struggle for the equal worth of all people.

An Exhibition with rich content

A Right to Freedom, explores the comprehensive story of Dr. King’s life, including his childhood, Nobel journey, and details of his last years.  One of these details includes the network of community leaders and businesses that supported the work of the Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta Life Insurance Company is proud to be a partner in this exhibit, contributing the original life insurance policy purchased by Dr. and Mrs. King in 1957, a mere seven years before his assassination. A symbol of not only the reach of Atlanta Life Insurance Company, but also the policy also speaks to the black businesses and community leaders that served as a financial guardian of the Movement and followed the leadership of Dr. King and his ideals, thereby expanding his ability to effect change beyond the work of his own life.

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, ten-year Herndon Scholar and Nobel Museum exhibit consultant spoke on how original artifacts contextualize the legacy of Dr. King.  “Alonzo Herndon’s only son, Norris Herndon understood the relevance of archiving the insurance policy of Dr. King. Serving as the only original artifact at the Nobel Museum that has a direct link to the slain civil rights leader, it helps visitors to really put into perspective the real danger that Dr. King faced daily in pursuit of securing voting and civil rights legislation for African Americans. Archiving these treasured documents make the work of the Herndon Home and Atlanta Life Insurance Company.”

The Relay

Historically, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, one of the nation’s oldest Black Legal Reserve Companies, did not watch silently from the sidelines as blacks made strives for freedom and equality. Our Founder, former slave and reconstruction era hero, Alonzo Franklin Herndon, instilled in this company a sense of guardianship of black dignity and paved the way for the innumerable ways Atlanta Life Insurance Company would also serve its social corporate responsibility.

The decision of Dr. King to commit his life to the fair and equal treatment of all people was a decision to align himself with the silent heroes of African American history. Heroes who can be credited with building an enterprise with a prevailing social consciousness that could undergird the efforts of families and small businesses that served the movement. “Supporting the struggle for economic dignity, civil rights and the general uplift of Black America and the struggle against racism and bigotry has been a way of life for Atlanta Life over the years.” Jesse Hill Jr., Atlanta Life President 1973.

We believe that our success depends on our ability to support, embolden, and equip our customers for life. “Since December 1905 the mission of Atlanta Life Insurance Company has been to provide financial services solutions, and risk management products in order to help customers manage their financial futures.” Roosevelt Giles, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Chairman of the Board. Under Mr. Giles leadership Atlanta Life insurance is intent on maintaining the legacy of Founder and Reconstruction Era hero, Alonzo Franklin Herndon, through partnership and support of the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation and its entrepreneurship training, and scholarship programs. To learn more about Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and our commitment to serving our community please contact the Herndon Foundation at 404.581.9813 or visit http://atlantalifeins.com. For details on A Right to Freedom – Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the Nobel Center website at https://nobelcenter.se.

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Board of Trustees Chair, Roosevelt Giles accompanies the sole insurance policy for Martin Luther King Jr. held by Atlanta Life insurance.

The 2nd Annual Game Changer Gala

Dear Friends of Herndon,

Join us for the 2nd Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundations’ Game Changers Entrepreneurship Program Gala on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Atlanta History Center.

This event is an opportunity for our network of business and community leaders, elected officials, small businesses and others involved in free enterprise across the southeast to celebrate the achievements of local entrepreneurs. We would like to invite each of our friends to partner with us in this event by becoming a $500 Patron Sponsor to our event. Becoming a Patron Sponsor affords you two tickets to the Gala, including valet service, access to our open-bar cocktail hour, and previews of valuable Silent Auction opportunities – but most importantly it is also an opportunity to support our vision of instilling an entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of entrepreneurs.

We anticipate our scholarship fundraiser will attract over 250 of Atlanta’s progressive, dynamic, and successful entrepreneurs across a range of industries including Dean Calloway, Counsel, Ashbury Automotive Group; Herndon Family member Adam Herndon, President of The Herndon Agency LLC; and Herndon Lifetime Achievement awardee Maceo A. Brown, President of System 5 Electronics, Inc. and Founder of MACEO’s Kids Foundation. Not only will we hear from these dynamic entrepreneurial minds, but we will also enjoy dramatic readings of Alonzo Herndon’s own words on his rise from slavery to becoming the wealthy head of a leading black enterprise. As a friend to the Herndon Family Legacy, I believe contributing to our event is the most befitting opportunity for you because you not only understand the value of preserving and sharing the historical achievements of Alonzo Herndon, you also know the importance of living in the Herndon Legacy and reinvesting in future generations.

 

For over 70 years, The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation has been a mainstay in the community through our promise to advance The Herndon legacy by educating, mentoring, and equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs. Now in its fourth successful year, our new signature entrepreneurship training program, The Herndon Game Changers strengthens the entrepreneurial spirit in our communities by encouraging youth to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for a successful future.

As a member of the Metro Atlanta small business community, your participation is key in ensuring this event has a powerful impact. We hope that your commitment to the Herndon Legacy and your belief in the capacity of the next generation of entrepreneurs will be a sufficient incentive for you to join us. Live the Herndon Legacy and reinvest in the next generation of entrepreneurs by visiting our event website and completing your sponsorship today.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more about attending this exciting event, please do not hesitate to contact us at our office at 404.581.9813.

I am looking forward to seeing you there and sharing the Herndon story, one worth preserving, as well as the work of the foundation that bears the Herndon name and continues the legacy of philanthropy. All donations will be accounted to the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation.

 

Warm regards,

 

Julissa White Smith

Managing Director, The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation

Venue Rental of the Herndon Home is back

On Friday, June 29th the Herndon Home hosted a Friends of Herndon Dinner Party in commemoration of the summer season and in celebration that Herndon home Museum has returned to the community as a venue rental location.


The exclusive event took place in the main reception hall of the Home with a vinyl jazz record setting the mood for casual conversation and refreshing light-bites. Friends of the Herndon and their guests along with museum staff took the opportunity to get to know one another, the conversation ranged from volunteerism and education in a digital age to upcoming museum events, and of course, the venue rental discounts available to Museum members. 


The dinner allowed guest and staff alike an opportunity to experience the life and warmth of the home in a way unlike a tour could ever offer – a mansion, sumptuous and timeless – the true essence of the Herndon Legacy.


Rental Details

Interior Rates begin at $1,200
Exterior Rates begin at $2,500

Rental fees include the use of the facility, the supervision by tour guides, event manager, and security services. The costs for catering, equipment, maintenance, and over time will result in additional charges.

For more information and to discuss the particulars of your event, contact us at the office at 404.581.9813 or via email to our Offices at info@herndonhome.org

 

Founders Day 2018: Happy Birthday to Alonzo Herndon

Today in History… is the 160th birthday of our namesake, Alonzo Franklin Herndon. Born into slavery on June 26, 1858 in Social Circle Georgia, Mr. Herndon’s Legacy lives on into 2018. The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation operate out of basement offices located within the Herndon Home Museum, where we work every day to advance the Herndon Legacy through educating, mentoring and equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs. On this day, in memorial of our founder and in celebration of the awe-inspiring and admirable qualities of his life we honor Mr. Herndon’s living legacy as immortalized by the Herndon Home Museum and the Herndon Game Changer Youth Entrepreneurship program.

Born into the institution of slavery, it is hard for anyone to imagine the mindset of a young Alonzo Herndon. While we know that following emancipation in 1865 Alonzo worked as a sharecropper and, like young children even today, sold small items like peanuts, axle grease, and honey molasses roadside, we do not know the private battle that must have waged in his mind in his decision to leave his family and travel to Atlanta to create his future. Building a life as an African American man during the period of American reconstruction surely took courage and hard-work, characteristics Mr. Herndon undoubtedly modeled as a husband and father. However the entrepreneurial spirit means more than this, it also meant the display of innovation, audacity and service leadership. Recurring themes throughout his life, Mr. Herndon opened his first barber shop in 1886, creating the opportunity for him to invest in multiple business ventures centered in the needs of his African American community. His most notable venture was the purchase of the Atlanta Benevolent and Protective Association of Wheat street baptist church in 1905 which he ultimately transformed into the largest stockholder insurance corporation owned by African Americans. This business venture was among the first of its kind, an outgrowth of the benevolent societies catering to low and moderate-income African Americans, and the investment served Mr. Herndon well – the firm outlived its founder and is still in business today as Atlanta Life Insurance Company, the Flagship for Atlanta Life Financial Group located in the 191 Building on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Alonzo Herndon’s personal and professional achievements reflect his determination to succeed and value of careful, conscientious work – an entrepreneurial legacy the Herndon Foundation is dedicated to preserving and continuing.

The Herndon Home was first built in 1908-1910 and opened to the public in 1984. The Herndon Home Museum and the artifacts within serve as a significant and remarkable symbolism of the life and legacy of Alonzo Franklin Herndon, as an example of the tradition of racial solidarity and self-help that epitomized the period of reconstruction. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000, the museum collection is as exceptional and varied as the Herndon Family members that called it home, and includes a range of antiquities from Ancient Greek decorative pots dating from 600 BC and Egyptian figurines from 3000 BC to a large archival collection of photographs and paper documents. These artifacts and papers tell the stories of the private lives of an upper-class black family following the American period of reconstruction through Jim Crow and Segregation, and later the Civil Rights Movement. Today, while visitors to the museum during our regular operating hours receive 45-minute guided tours of the Home, only a select few are permitted to host events and receptions and experience the opulence of the Herndon Mansion.  Regardless of how one experiences the Herndon Home Museum our guest always leave with a valuable appreciation of how rarefied a life the Herndon’s lived during these turbulent times in African American History. However, it is the foundations of educational programming which serves to provide a tactile and applied reference for local youth.

The Herndon Game Changer Entrepreneurship Training program started in 2013 as an effort of the Herndon Foundation to champion the legacy of Alonzo Herndon by strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit in our communities. By encouraging young people to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures we believe that our students can find within themselves opportunities to build wealth and learn the skills to elevate themselves, their families, and communities. This is the function of Game Changer, a two-year program that combines training and practical exposure to the various elements of entrepreneurship with hands-on, active mentorship from vested businesses and community stakeholders. To date we have graduated over 50 students, gifting our college-bound students with valuable professional experience as well as over $40,000 in scholarships and technology. As we continue to build and expand our program we are confident the Game Changer program is a valuable community resource that supports the development of innovation ready youth prepared to own their futures.

However it is on the foundation of sacrifice, persistence, and discipline laid by former slave and our namesake, Alonzo Franklin Herndon that we continue his legacy of achievement. The Herndon Foundation is proud to continually serve Mr. Herndon and share his story of struggle endured, and courage proved in his journey from emancipated slave to business leader and a sterling example of the entrepreneurial spirit.

In celebration of Womens History Month

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. During this time the entire nation  honors the extraordinary achievements of American women

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Adrienne McNeil Herndon, mother of Norris Bumstead Herndon and architect of the Herndon Home Museum. In dedication to the lasting legacy of Adrienne Herndon we have included in this months online news a poem written by Atlanta university student, A.H.W., at Atlanta University Professor Adrienne Herndon’s Death.

In Memoriam

Her form was full of beauty and of grace!

Her voice was strangely sweet and seemed to be

Full of caressing shadows, yet as free

And simple as a child’s voice.Then her face

Was pure and tranquil, there was not a trace

Of guile or meanness. Gentle sympathy,

Quick comprehension, – tho’ half timidly, –

She gave to everyone in every place.

Oh, pupils, friends, mother, husband, son,

Do not despair. Her beauty is not fled.

She lives forever and her voice has rung

A challenge to ye. Let the tears be shed

To noble purpose. Link your lives to One

Who lives. Oh, do not think of her as dead.

                                                          A.H.W.

Follow us on social media to find little know facts and pictures of Adrienne all month long. 

2018 Black History Month Herndon Celebration series

Black History Month Herndon Celebration series

See below for details on the Herndon Home Museum 2018 Black history Series. For questions or reservations call 404.581.9813

Free Tour Days

February 6th & 8th – Celebrating Adrienne Herndon

Free tours to Atlanta University Alum and Current Students

 

Tuesday, February 13th 10AM to 3PM – Celebrating Sophenie Herndon

 

Free tours to Seniors 55+

 

Tue, February 27th – Celebrating African American Veterans

Free tours to Veterans 10 – 4

 

Free Events *donations encouraged

Tuesday, February 20th 6PM-7PM – Celebrating Norris Hendon

#MakingBlackHistory

Youth Education Program (ages 7-12). Learn how record and preserve your family history

 

Thursday, February 22nd 6PM-7PM – Celebrating Norris Hendon

 

#MakingBlackHistory

Youth Education Program (ages 7-12). Learn how preserve your family artifacts

 

Saturday, February 24th 8AM to 12PM – Celebrating the Herndon Legacy

Neighborhood clean-up around the Herndon Home Museum University Place and MLK Drive

 

Members Only Events

Saturday, February 10th – Friends of Herndon Movie Night

Screening of “Stir Crazy”

Free for Friends of Herndon

$5 Donation includes Food and Refreshment

 

 

Feature Events

Wednesday, February 14th 6:00 PM – Celebrating Jessie Herndon

Sweethearts Night at the Museum

 

Couples $25

Romantic Tour of the Herndon Home Museum with Herndon Scholar and Storyteller, Dr. Simms Alvarado. Evening includes a Tour, Desserts and Door Prizes.

 

Wednesday, February 21st 6:00 PM – Celebrating Alonzo Hendon

Book Signing and Reading with Herndon Descendant, Adam Herndon

$15 per child, parents attend free

Fee include entry, hand-outs and a signed book “Who says a slave can’t be a Millionaire”