OSSINING, N.Y. -- Historic Hudson River Towns, the lead agency on the development of a prison museum and educational center at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, has announced the hiring of three prominent museum consulting firms.
Public historian Brent D. Glass, director emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, has been serving as consulting adviser to the Sing Sing Prison Museum project since September. In addition, Lord Cultural Resources, a global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide, has been engaged to develop a detailed plan for the visitor experience at the museum.
The firm has completed over 2,200 museum-planning assignments worldwide, in 56 countries on six continents. It is known for its work on such high-profile projects as the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum and the Governor’s Island National Monument.
“We regard the proposed museum at Sing Sing Correctional Facility as a unique opportunity to bring 200 years of institutional history to bear on today’s national conversation on the sensitive subject of criminal justice. We are honored to have been hired to assist with this important task," said Gail Lord, Lord Cultural Resource’s co-founder and president.
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates Inc., a full-service architecture firm with a strong focus in historic preservation work, has been hired to assess the present condition and structural needs of the Sing Sing 1936 Power House, where the museum will be located, as well as the 1825 Cell Block.
“Sing Sing is known around the world,” said Philip Zegarelli, chairman of the Historic Hudson River Towns. “The team we have assembled is going to make it possible for thousands of visitors to come 'Up the River' to learn about this fascinating piece of American history on the Hudson.”
The team will also work on creating essential community partnerships and developing a business plan. The team's report will provide the framework for collecting artifacts, designing exhibitions and visitor services.
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