Join Us for a Virtual Tour of the Museum of Public Relations

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Wednesday, Dec. 9 from Noon to 1 PM (ET) — NO CHARGE


You might not have heard about or have had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Public Relations in New York, but in preparation for next week’s virtual tour (hosted by the National Press Club Communicator Team), I was blown away by the interesting memorabilia and stories that shaped the profession of public relations.

No matter if you’re a long-time professional, relatively new to the industry, or even a student of public relations — you will find this hour-long event interesting, fun and educational AND also learn how the museum is helping to shape the industry’s future and inform the public of its social value.  Museum founder and curator, Shelley Spector, will be our tour guide.  Additional information on the tour and the museum can be read below.

Join us by registering here: https://www.press.org/events/npc-communicators-lunch-and-learn-museum-public-relations

Danny Selnick
Chair, NPC Communicator Team and Communicator Board of Governors Member
National Press Club
Washington, DC 20045

Founded in 1997 in New York, the museum is the only one of its kind in the world that is dedicated to the field of public relations. It was founded with a donation of papers and other materials from the estate of Edward Bernays, the “father of public relations” who was a friend of the museum’s founders and curators, Shelly and Barry Spector.

Today, the museum displays exhibits of work by Bernays and other industry trailblazers, including Joseph Varney Baker, who started the nation’s first Black-owned public relations agency, and Ivy Lee, the inventor of the press release.

The museum also maintains a reference and research library, hosts educational events and webinars, and issues publications about the industry, making it the largest resource of information about the public relations – and boasts some 2,500 photos, documents, books, newspapers and communications devices.

The virtual tour will include a look at these artifacts from the museum:

  • The banana stapler United Fruit gave to Bernays.
  • Ivy Lee’s unpublished manuscript from 1928 (straight from his typewriter).
  • A lightbulb used as a souvenir to commemorate Edison’s 1879 invention of the lightbulb, during Henry Ford’s 1929 Light’s Golden Jubilee.
  • The original Disney press kit for the 1948 release of the first Dumbo movie.
  • Hand-written correspondence from Harold Burson’s Army days in which he talks about his dreams of forming a PR agency that could merge with an ad agency.
  • A 1906 typewriter, 1904 candlestick phone and 1900 stereoscope used to give viewers a 3D perspective on current events, travel destinations and even “bathing beauties of Coney Island.”