Our Commitment To Inclusion
As a part of the Bureau of Historic Sites & Museums’ “21st Century Museums” initiative, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has been working with its fellow historic sites and museums to broaden the scope and the relevance of our interpretation and to make all visitors to our properties feel safe, welcome and included — both in the stories we tell and in the services we provide. Over the past two years, we have held workshops on the subject of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, and we have begun a deep dive into discussing and reading about these topics as a way to learn, to grow and to improve — both as museum professionals and as human beings. It’s still very much a work in progress, but it is a goal to which we need to continually aspire, in both our personal and our working lives.
In keeping with the work already begun agency-wide within the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, and within the Bureau of Historic Sites & Museums, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania reaffirms its commitment to:
- Fostering an atmosphere that is safe, welcoming and respectful, one that both embraces and celebrates our differences.
- Creating opportunities for exploring, discovering and interacting through approaches that meet all learning styles.
- Broadening the scope of our relevance to diverse populations.
- Bringing out stories — through our collecting, programming and recruiting practices — that are more reflective of our communities.
- Embedding into our corporate DNA an ethos that both seeks out and welcomes new additions to our family — staff and volunteers — from as diverse a set of backgrounds, identities and ages as is humanly possible
“Equality is the heart and essence of democracy, freedom, and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools and colleges, government, politics, and before the law. There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom.” – A. Philip Randolph, civil rights activist and founder of the Brotherhood Of Sleeping Car Porters