The Hermitage / Andrew Jackson Foundation

Home of the People's President

aka The Hermitage   |   Nashville, TN   |  www.thehermitage.com

Mission

The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation is to preserve the home place of Andrew Jackson, create learning opportunities, and inspire citizenship through experiencing the life and unique impact of Jackson.

Ruling year info

1938

President & CEO

Mr. Howard J. Kittell

Main address

4580 Rachel's Lane

Nashville, TN 37076 USA

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Formerly known as

Ladies Hermitage Association

EIN

62-0478087

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2011, the Andrew Jackson Foundation (then the Ladies' Hermitage Association) Board of Directors realized that the institution had reached a turning point. How people experienced museums and relate to historic figures had changed radically, as had how cultural institutions were funded. Most importantly, the board recognized that both the legacy of Andrew Jackson and his home, The Hermitage, held tremendous but unrealized potential to educate and inspire. As a result, the Andrew Jackson Foundation Board of Directors commissioned a series of planning studies to guide decisions toward reaching Jackson's and the institution's potential.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Interpretive and Educational Programs and Tours

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage is open for tours daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The guest experience includes interacting with our award winning museum exhibit, "Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm," an orientation film, interpreter-led tours of the Hermitage mansion and self-guided tours of the grounds, gardens, enslaved quarters and archaeological sites. Specialty tours offered include "In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved Tour," "Commander in Chief Tour," and "VIP Tour."
Educational and interpretive programming is a vital part of our mission to share the stories of Andrew Jackson and his impact on our nation. As the third most visited presidential home, guests from around the world benefit from our educational and interpretive programs. Students participate in a variety of classes, tours, and programs offered onsite or in their classroom. Our robust educational classes are reflective of the Jacksonian Era, and include "Slavery at The Hermitage," "Trail of Tears," "War of 1812," and "The Bank War." Each class addresses multi-cultural and historical education from unique and differing perspectives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Events and programs are offered throughout the year, each serving to educate and enlighten the community about Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonian Era. Annual events include living history programs, after-hours tours, Black History Month programs, author talks and programs, the Battle of New Orleans commemoration and Andrew Jackson's Birthday Celebration.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

National Trust For Historic Preservation 1985

American Association of Museums - Member 1987

American Association for State and Local History 1990

Tennessee Association of Museums 1990

National Council for Public History 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Foundation's goals are as follows:

1. Elevate the historical significance of Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage to a higher level of national recognition.
2. Adopt and implement best practices in board governance and executive management.
3. Ensure sustainability on all fronts - financial, preservation and management.
4. Develop best-in-class interpretive, educational and outreach programs.

1. Elevate the historical significance of Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage to a higher level of national recognition.

Obj 1-A: Place The Hermitage among the top five presidential homes and centers in the country.
Obj 1-B: Formulate a clear vision, mission and compelling purpose for this site.
Obj 1-C: Make The Hermitage a national center for experiencing the life and legacy of Andrew Jackson.
Obj 1-D: Establish best practices in governance, preservation and interpretation.
Obj 1-E: Assess the feasibility of establishing a national center for Jackson studies.
Obj 1-F: Assess the feasibility of a new or expanded education and visitor reception facility.
Obj 1-G: Carefully re-brand Jackson and his legacy and aggressively market.
Obj 1-H: Expand programmatic offerings.
Obj 1-I: Establish partnerships at the local, regional and national level.
Obj 1-J: Ensure all visit aspects are welcoming, accommodating, convenient, safe and enjoyable.

2. Adopt and implement best practices in board governance and executive management.

Obj 2-A: Establish a governing and fundraising board that is national and diverse.
Obj 2-B: Rename the governing institution the Andrew Jackson Foundation.
Obj 2-C: Establish a Strategic Planning Committee responsible for ongoing action plan.

3. Ensure sustainability on all fronts - financial, preservation and management.

Obj 3-A: Ensure financial sustainability by expanding and diversifying revenue streams.
Obj 3-B: Organize a comprehensive national campaign to address capital needs.
Obj 3-C: Enhance revenue from retail, food services, intellectual property, rentals, events, etc.
Obj 3-D: Recruit and retain high quality staff, including a core group of scholars.
Obj 3-E: Ensure the preservation of The Hermitage, its grounds and collections is held to the highest standards.
Obj 3-F: Pursue accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

4. Develop best-in-class interpretive, educational and outreach programs.

Obj 4-A: Prepare an all-inclusive interpretive plan with a core commitment to telling compelling stories.
Obj 4-B: Develop a national outreach program that focuses on the life and legacy of Andrew Jackson.
Obj 4-C: Provide learning opportunities specific to different audiences.
Obj 4-D: Organize learning opportunities for educators, such as seminars, lectures, travel programs and fellowships.
Obj 4-E: Reach students of all ages with distance learning, a robust website, social media and onsite technology.
Obj 4-F: Partner with local, regional and national universities.
Obj 4-G: Work to ensure a collaborative relationship with peer institutions.

The Andrew Jackson Foundation employs a robust staff of more than 100 passionate historians, scholars, preservation experts, customer relationship specialists and more. This dedicated staff preserves, operates and shares the 1,120-acre home place of Andrew Jackson, which includes The Hermitage Mansion, gardens, grounds, outbuildings, and an award-winning exhibit and introductory film.

The Foundation is led by a 20-member Board of Directors. Our trustees are nationally known, diverse, accomplished and well-equipped to cast and execute a vision for the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

The Andrew Jackson Foundation has successfully completed/made measurable progress toward 100% of its objectives. Planning is underway for a new strategic plan to further elevate Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and guide the organization.

Financials

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The Hermitage / Andrew Jackson Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Carol Yochem

FIrst Horizon Bank

Term: 2020 - 2021

Janet Ayers

The Ayers Foundation

Jeff Dahlgren

Airtech Advanced Materials

Anne Davis

Southern Environmental Law Center

Kathleen Estes

Community Volunteer

Irwin Fisher

Community Volunteer

Harrison Frist

naviHealth

James Haltom

State of Tennessee

Tre Hargett

State of Tennessee

Roderick Heller, III

Carnton Capital Associates

Brian Kilmeade

FOX News

Mara Liasson

National Public Radio

Ashley McAnulty

Stephens, Inc.

Robert McDonald

CedarStone Bank

John Nau, III

Silver Eagle Distributors

Michael Neal

Artist

Charles Overby

Newseum/Freedom Forum

Barbara Sieg

Community Volulnteer

DeeDee Wade

Fridrich and Clark Realty

Bo Watson

State of Tennessee

Carol Yochem

First Horizon Bank

John Nau

Eagle Distributors

Tre Hargett

State of Tennessee

Bo Watson

State of Tennessee

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