The National Vegetarian Museum goes vegan

Yvonne O'Halloran

The National Vegetarian Museum, based in Chicago, Illinois, has gone vegan, opting to change its name to The Vegan Museum. The museum’s board of directors found the change to be necessary to best represent the museum.

According to Kay Stepkin, the Founder and President of The Vegan Museum Board of Directors, the museum has always been a vegan organization, just not in name. “We named the museum to acknowledge vegetarian and vegan history, but as time went by we were mistakenly presumed to advocate for dairy and egg consumption,” Stepkin told VegNews.

To best serve the Vegan Museum, the board also created a new Advisory Council, which features some very influential vegans. Among them is Neal Barnard, MD, president and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Anne Dinshah, vice president of the American Vegan Society.

The name change was made official on September 2, which would have been the 110th birthday of Donald Watson, who coined the word “vegan” and founded the United Kingdom Vegan Society.

The Vegan Museum is a traveling exhibit in the Chicago area. It spends each month or two in a different location in an attempt to make vegan history more accessible. The Vegan Museum generally sets up shop in libraries, churches, and schools. Since opening in 2017, the museum’s exhibits have been displayed at over 24 different locations.

Article written by Tessa Altman-United States

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