Alice Paul Institute, Inc., Mt. Laurel, USA

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Alice Paul Institute, Inc., Mt. Laurel, USA
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Street address: 128 Hooton Rd.
City: Mt. Laurel
State or Province: NJ
Country: United States
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Location coordinates: 39° 57' 22" N, 74° 55' 48" W
Executive Director: Valerie Buickerood
Contact number: (856) 231-1885
Contact email:
Target: Girls and Women
Organization type: National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level)
Other organization type: National Policy/Research/Education
Sectors: Legal Rights
Other sectors: Alice Paul, women's suffrage in the United States and the Equal Rights Amendment
Year founded/registered: 1984



The Alice Paul Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. It was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated volunteers to commemorate the centennial of Alice Paul's 1885 birth and to further her legacy. The organization was operated by volunteers for more than a decade. Today, four staff members, as well as volunteers, oversee the daily business and special events at Paulsdale.


Since its inception, API not only has preserved the legacy of Alice Paul and her fellow suffragists, but also has taken a leadership role in bringing recognition to other organizations and historic sites that honor women.

API's accomplishments include:

Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2010. Also in that year, Alice Paul was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and API held year-long celebration of the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Researching and launching the report, Girls Share Their Voice, a comprehensive study that summarized the evaluations of past leadership programs, current research in the field, and recommendations for expanding and changing existing leadership programs.

Retiring the mortgage for Paulsdale in 2007.

Receiving recognition in the March 2006 issue of the New Jersey Monthly magazine as a "Best of Jersey" for Advocate. Our State boasts some impressive philanthropic endeavors, but one of our favorites is the relatively unsung Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel.

Honoring individuals who demonstrate a long-standing commitment to advancing women's equality in New Jersey at The Alice Paul Equality Awards Dinner in 2005 (API's 20th Anniversary). Recipients of the awards included Jennifer S. MacLeod, Ph.D., Vivian Sanks King, Esq., Ruth B. Mandel, Ph.D., and the Honorable Sylvia B. Pressler.

Launching the physical restoration and rehabilitation of Paulsdale, Alice Paul's birthplace and family home, which API purchased in 1990. The restoration of the house began in spring 2001 and the majority of the project was completed during summer 2002.

Serving as Project Director for the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail: The New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail Bill, sponsored by Senator Diane Allen and Assemblywoman Rose Heck, provided funding for a comprehensive survey of women's historic sites statewide. New Jersey is the first state to conduct this type of survey.

Initiated Reclaiming Women's History Through Historic Preservation, the first national conference on the preservation of women's sites. API later became a founding member of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS), a consortium of historic sites dedicated and/or incorporating women's history in their interpretation.

Receiving recognition from The President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History: In 1999, API was one of six sites nationwide to receive special recognition for visionary leadership in bringing women into the mainstream of American history.

Coordinating "Passing the Torch": In 1995, API organized New Jersey's statewide event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

Initiating the Alice Paul Leadership Program: In 1995, API offered its workshops that focus on leadership and women's history for eighth-grade girls using original curriculum, which is presented in single- and multi-session programs. This was the first (and remains the only) program of its kind in southern New Jersey.

Obtaining National Historic Landmark status: In 1991, Paulsdale was designated an NHL, one of the few dedicated to women in our nation. Paulsdale also is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places.

Purchasing, in 1987, the only known books, papers, and personal memorabilia of Alice Paul: The collection was donated to The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. API and the Mount Laurel Library also hold a small collection of Alice Paul's books and papers.

Commemorating Alice Paul's 100th birthday in 1985 with the presentation of Alice Paul Women of Courage Awards to astronaut Sally Ride, Sonia Johnson and Judge Lisa Richette.


Second Saturday Tours of Paulsdale

2011 Tour Dates

  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12

Tours begin at 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.

at Paulsdale 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ Directions

Price: $5 per person (pay at the gift shop)

Reservations are not required but please email or call 856-231-1885 if you would like to add your name and number of guests to our guest list.

Women's Equality Day

Thursday, August 25 2011 Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Paulsdale 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ Directions

Price: $10 per person

Purchase your tickets online by clicking the button to the right or by emailing or calling 856-231-1885.

Please purchase tickets by Wednesday, August 24.

Tour Guide Orientation

Saturday, September 10, 2011 Part 1- Introduction to API & the Tour Guide Training Program.

Saturday, October 8, 2011 Part 2- How to Conduct the Paulsdale Tour

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Paulsdale 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ Directions

Price: Free

Register for the tour guide training series by emailing or calling Kris Myers at 856-231-1885.

Please register by Wednesday, September 7.

Paulsdale Beer Garden

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Paulsdale 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ Directions

Price: TBA


When soliciting funds from the public or from donor institutions, API uses material that is truthful about the organization. API respects the privacy concerns of individual donors and expends funds consistent with donor intent. API discloses important and relevant information to potential donors.

In raising funds from the public, API will respect the rights of donors, as follows:*

Donors will be informed of the mission of API, the way the resources will be used and their capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purpose;

Be informed of the identity of those serving on API’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities;

To have access to API's most recent financial reports;

To be assured their gifts will be used for purposes for which they are given;

To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition;

To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law;

Approach donors in a professional manner;

To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of API, or hired solicitors;

To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that API may intend to share;

Are encouraged to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

If you have purchased items for the API office, please call us at 856-231-1885 or API thrives due to the support of our members and friends. We appreciate your support!

Wall partitions

Oriental-style rugs (for downstairs rooms)


Ceramic Heaters

Digital camera

Bookcases/tables (for gift shop& library)

Cash Register (for gift shop)

Gift certificates - Staples, Target, Home Depot, etc.


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