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Date: December 1, 2005
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

HAI Creates Web Gallery for SEC Historical Society

History Associates Incorporated (HAI) of Rockville, Maryland, is proud to announce the opening of a new gallery in the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society’s  on-line museum. Seven months in the making, the new gallery, titled 431 Days: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Creation of the SEC (1934-1935) features twenty-four virtual “rooms” organized under six major themes.

Curated by HAI History Division director Dr. Kenneth D. Durr, with assistance from HAI historian Dr. Adrian Kinnane, the Joseph P. Kennedy Gallery represents the first of two now completed galleries commissioned by the Security and Exchange Commission Historical Society (SECHS). Several more galleries are currently planned.

In the Joseph P. Kennedy Gallery, Dr. Durr recounts the creation of the SEC and why Joseph P. Kennedy, appointed by President Roosevelt amidst great controversy, proved to be a wise choice for chairman. Indeed, Kennedy’s most lasting political legacy may not have been helping his son John to become President of the United States, but his role in establishing the SEC.

431 Days: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Creation of the SEC (1934-1935) contains 202 original documents such as letters, memos, telegrams, diary excerpts, committee reports, congressional testimony, articles, and speeches by key figures in the early SEC story. The gallery also displays 61 photographs, cartoons, and other images, as well as five radio and movie news clips that help bring the story to life.

The SECHS is a non-profit institution, independent of and separate from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Through its virtual museum and archive, the SECHS seeks to further public understanding of the historical and ongoing impact of the SEC on the growth of U.S. and international capital markets.

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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