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Peggy Montes

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Museum Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
It has been real.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Museum Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
It has been real.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Bronzeville Children's Museum founder, Peggy Montes, started her career as a teacher in the Illinois public school system. Montes was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17, 1936, and graduated from DuSable High School in 1954.

In 1978, Montes began devoting her energy to philanthropic and volunteer work, becoming particularly involved with the DuSable Museum of African American History. She served as chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Museum from 1989 to 1993, heading the construction of the museum's Harold Washington wing. This role gave her the distinction of being the first woman to chair both the museum's governing body and its building committee. She also was appointed by the late Mayor Harold Washington as executive director of the Chicago Commission on Women.

On August 20, 1993, Montes and a group of dedicated business, civic, cultural and educational leaders founded the Bronzeville Children's Museum in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first and only African American children's museum in the country, the Bronzeville Children's Museum's mission is to educate and expose children to the rich contributions, culture, and heritage of African Americans and people of Africa and its diaspora through activities, interactive exhibits, and games.

She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women, Inc. 1987 Woman of Achievement Award and Dollars & Sense Magazine's 1993 America's Best & Brightest Business and Professional Award. Currently, Montes is a member of the Illinois Art Council, and a Trustee at both the DuSable Museum of African American History and Chicago State University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Peggy Montes states her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Peggy Montes remembers her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Peggy Montes talks about memories from her childhood and her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Peggy Montes recalls the smells that remind her of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Peggy Montes remembers the sounds that remind her of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Peggy Montes details the Chicago neighborhood of her youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Peggy Montes describes her home life and religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Peggy Montes talks about her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Peggy Montes details her formal education up through high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Peggy Montes talks about her high school experiences in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Peggy Montes discusses her experiences at Howard University and Chicago State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Peggy Montes remembers her first teaching assignment in Chicago in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Peggy Montes recalls her experiences working for Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Peggy Montes talks about students' attitudes about education in Chicago in the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Peggy Montes details her marriage and her husband, Part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Peggy Montes discusses her husband and the value Haitians place on education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Peggy Montes details the events of her life in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Peggy Montes talks about her civic activities in relation to her family's
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Peggy Montes details her post-retirement activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Peggy Montes tells of her admiration for Dr. Margaret Burroughs and the DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Peggy Montes recalls personalities from her years at the DuSable Museum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Peggy Montes details the establishment of the Harold Washington Wing at the DuSable Museum in Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Peggy Montes talks about her hopes for the DuSable Museum and Margaret Burroughs's personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Peggy Montes describes her unique friendship with Margaret Burroughs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Peggy Montes remembers the Burroughses and others involved with the establishment of the DuSable Museum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Peggy Montes details the activities of the Women's Commission in Harold Washington's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Peggy Montes talks about her appointment as Executive Director of the Women's Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Peggy Montes discusses her experience working for the Women's Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Peggy Montes comments on the tension between the Civil Rights and Women's Movement activists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Peggy Montes talks about the founding of the Bronzeville Children's Museum in Chicago, Part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Peggy Montes talks about the founding of the Bronzeville Children's Museum in Chicago, Part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Peggy Montes discusses her drive and ambition to succeed
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Peggy Montes comments on her hopes and concerns for the African American community, Part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Peggy Montes comments on her hopes and concerns for the African American community, Part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Peggy Montes opines on the importance of volunteernism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Peggy Montes gives her views on reparations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Peggy Montes talks about her pride in her family and her legacy