Hagley Museum and Library documents and preserves the history of American industry and brings that history to the public. Visitors to Hagley can explore the du Pont family home and mills, established as a gunpowder factory in 1802, and researchers can study the history of American businesses from the eighteenth century to the present. As a center for the study of American business, Hagley is one of the nation’s most significant repositories for business records, holding the records of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, along with documents of thousands of businesses, trade associations, and individuals describing the American experience with free enterprise. Since 1971, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported Hagley’s work, ensuring that the history of American enterprise and its relationship to broader American culture remains accessible both now and in the future. Additionally, in 2020, the NEH awarded Hagley a CARES grant to help it manage the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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