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Tour & Talk

Bowling and Civil Rights

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame invites you to a meaningful evening of history and conversation.

Wednesday, May 25th 5:00 PM Central

In conversation with Ellen Zisholtz

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Ellen Naomi Zisholtz is a historian, curator, artist, producer, educator, and administrator. She is founder, President and CEO of Center for Creative Partnerships/All Star Bowling Lanes/Justice Center, on the Register of Historic Places for its role in the Orangeburg Massacre. Because of a $500,000 African American Heritage Preservation Grant from the National Park Service, All Star is now being restored as the first operating Civil Rights Bowling Lanes. For 10 years, she served as the Director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University, where she was Assistant Professor. She is a Board member for Center for Heirs Property Preservation and formerly National Association of African American Museums and Penn Center. Her honors and awards include Museum Leadership Award, Association of African American Museums; Medal for Social Justice and Civil Rights, National Civil Rights Conference, commemoration for Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, Philadelphia, Mississippi; Unsung Hero of Civil Rights Award, SC Humanities, Aesthetic Realism Foundation; at SC State University-Faculty Award in Creativity, presented by Congressman James Clyburn; Unsung Hero Award at First Lady Scholarship Luncheon; and as Director of I.P. Stanback Museum-Governor’s Award for the Humanities; Social Justice Award at Commemoration for the Orangeburg Massacre. She studied art with Rudolf Baranik at the Art Students League in New York City; graduated from Hunter College High School; earned a bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a master's degree in Arts Administration from New York University.