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History Unerased Inc.

 PO Box 8421
 Lowell, MA 01853
[P] (978) 5022845
[F] (978) 6926531
[email protected]
Miriam Morgenstern
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EIN 47-2852025

LAST UPDATED: 12/19/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

To bring LGBTQ history into ALL classrooms to create a more just and harmonious world.

Mission Statement

To bring LGBTQ history into ALL classrooms to create a more just and harmonious world.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $76,000.00
Projected Expense $61,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Reimagining Equality in our Classroom, Culture and Consciousness

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Mission Statement

To bring LGBTQ history into ALL classrooms to create a more just and harmonious world.

Background Statement

History UnErased, Inc, founded in 2015, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose focus is bringing LGBTQ+ history into all classrooms to improve the educational outcomes for every student, but especially for at-risk LGBTQ+ students. Founded by Debra Fowler and Miriam Morgenstern, award winning educators turned social entrepreneurs, History UnErased has reached k-14 educators and students across Massachusetts and across the United States.

Fowler and Morgenstern recognized that the sobering statistics related to LGBTQ+ youth and homelessness, suicidality, risk behaviors and truancy could only be mitigated through a shift in school curricula and school culture. Curricula must include the stories, struggles and successes of LGBTQ+ people, and teachers must gain the confidence to teach these stories. The shift in school culture occurs when all students see themselves, their families and their friends reflected in what is taught in their classrooms. History UnErased’s core belief is that real change occurs through a sustained, grassroots effort which acknowledges the critical role of teachers in a child’s education and is respectful of all community stakeholders.

This core belief shapes History UnErased’s work conducting teacher training institutes, offering multiple options for online learning courses and engaging parent and community groups through presentations and outreach. The organization also creates interactive, research-based materials that encourage teachers and students to learn a history they were never taught, and explore the world beyond their classrooms and textbooks.

Since its inception in 2015, History UnErased has participated in an entrepreneurship training program, conducted workshops and distributed materials to hundreds of educators and developed partnerships with several organizations including ONE Archives Foundation, Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts Historical Society, GLAD and the Making Gay History podcast.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2017:

1. Developed library of materials for teachers and students including materials on Stonewall, the Lavender Scare and gender expression

2. Disseminated materials through the Massachusetts Historical Society, National Council for the Social Studies and several school districts

3. Offered professional development workshops, institutes and online courses

4. Participated in the Stonewall 50 Consortium in New York City.

5. Initiated a train the trainer program for middle school teachers in Lowell, MA

Goals for 2018:

1. Expand materials for students to include interactive posters and games related to LGBTQ+ history.

2. Work more closely with social media sites (especially Tumblr) to increase visibility and impact

3. Provide more professional development to urban school districts, including Boston, Springfield and Worcester.

4. Find funding sources to provide materials and professional development for smaller schools or rural school districts so HUE can support their students and teachers.

Needs Statement

1. New board members for an active board that will offer management guidance and fiduciary oversight
2. Funding for material development ($50,000), training programs for individual school districts ($7500/multiple day training) and outreach/materials to rural school districts ($10,00)
3.  Social media consultant ($1,000/month)
4. Part-time marketing consultant ($2000/month) 
5. Funds for general operating costs to ensure sustainability of organization ($250,000) 

CEO Statement

Erasing the stories of LGBTQ+ people from our history textbooks has had dire consequences as seen in the dismaying statistics regarding LGBTQ+ youth and the lived trauma often experienced by LGBTQ+ adults. Countless adults have emailed us with the same line - 'if only something like this had been around when I was in school' and then they tell the rest of their story. While youth today seem comfortable with their sexuality and gender exploration, we know that the reality is different. LGBTQ+ youth still report the highest levels of being harassed and bullied at school. We know this work is important, but we also know that there isn't a quick fix. Real change, change you can rely on, happens because of sustained effort, over time and with hard work.  At History UnErased, we are ready to do the work, but we need the support of schools, policy makers and the community. History UnErased (HUE) will serve as a vital catalyst in creating safer and more equitable classrooms and communities through its work training K-12 educators on LGBTQ history and prompting a groundswell of grassroots efforts to encourage curriculum change. HUE is unique in conversations about LGBTQ equality, as it is shifting the focus from the language of victimization and awareness to the language of empowerment through academic discourse. 

Today's youth are surrounded by images, information (and misinformation) about the LGBTQ+ community, but have no connections to these topics through an academic lens in their classrooms. The time is now to present a more honest history, and help our youth understand the historical record within a richer, deeper context. 

Board Chair Statement

My name is Dr. Warren Blumenfeld and I am a professor, author and historian of LGBTQ history. I am serving as a board member of History UnErased.

I met Debra Fowler and Miriam Morgenstern when they asked me to be an expert speaker at their summer workshop sessions in August of 2015.  I was given the privilege and honor of presenting an overview of the vast enormity of LGBTQ history at a three-day training workshop for educators, schools administrators, social workers, and guidance counselors. During the three-day training program, HUE trainers introduced participants to historical content areas and suggested pedagogical strategies of critical inquiry for engaging students and educators alike around the material from multiple perspectives and points of view .

What I experienced over these magical three days, as a presenter and then more importantly as a participant, was truly more than what one can merely read on founders Debra Fowler’s and Miriam Morgenstern’s vast resumes. I felt a core commitment to education, a passionate and unshakable dedication from these phenomenal women in resurrecting the lives, the stories, the histories that have long been intentionally hidden from students, from us all, by socially dominant individuals and groups through the draconian measures of neglect, deletion, erasure, omission, banning, censorship, distortion, alteration, trivialization and other unauthorized means.

The impetus in creating the History UnErased project grew out of Debra and Miriam’s conversations and awareness that professionally, they had both reached a point where they wanted to move beyond the classroom and where, according to Miriam, “the latest mandates about testing, evaluations and training were stifling our passion for teaching.”
For LGBTQ, questioning youth, and allies, this historical content can underscore the fact that their feelings and desires are in no way unique, and that others like themselves lead happy and productive lives.  For heteronormative students, this can provide the basis for appreciation of human diversity and help to interrupt the chain of bullying and harassment toward LGBTQ people.
When Debra and Miriam asked me to be on the board, I was happy to accept and pledged to help them fulfill their mission and vision.
The challenges this organization faces are inherent in the founding of any new organization. First, the organization needs funding so History UnErased can work in schools through the implementation phase. Miriam and Deb stress implementation because it is key to creating real change that is sustainable and ongoing. Funding is also necessary for general operating costs and materials development. With the cooperation of board members and partnering efforts with like-minded organizations, History UnErased is working towards securing more grant funding which will in turn allow school districts to access their services and materials. While History UnErased's mission is well-defined, the strategies to achieve the mission are still being defined. The organization also needs to expand its outreach through a cohesive marketing campaign, presence on social media and extensive networking. As History UnErased receives more grant funding, outreach efforts will be greatly enhanced. 

Geographic Area Served

While our legal business address is in Westford, MA, History UnErased has become very connected with Lowell, MA where both Fowler and Morgenstern were previously employed as teachers by the city. History UnErased has received the support of the Lowell National Historical Park and held several workshops at the Park. In addition, History UnErased is working with Middlesex Community College and has office space at Wannalancit Mills in Lowell.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Lesbian/Gay Rights
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship

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Reimagining Equality in our Classroom, Culture and Consciousness

History UnErased offers a variety of training options for teachers so they can learn about LGBTQ+ history, language related to gender diversity and methods of incorporating LGBTQ+ history and topics in the classroom. A trypical training would include approximately 9 hours of instruction over the course of 3 days.
Budget  7,500
Category  Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Program Short-Term Success 
The program will have the following outcomes:
 Participants will 
 1. Develop an appreciation of the expansiveness of LGBTQ topics
2. Gain confidence in using language related to LGBTQ history and topics. 
3. Recognize the shift in perspective that can help to create more inclusive classrooms and schools for all students
Program Long-Term Success  Expand and advance the repertoire of K-12 educators to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) history as part of the development of our nation and national identity – and internationally in our relationships within the larger world community. History UnErased’s unique visual inquiry models and teacher training services ensure that educators have the knowledge and confidence to navigate the complexities of teaching LGBTQ content, while understanding the inextricable interconnections between racism, sexism, religious oppression, and heterosexism.
Program Success Monitored By 
History UnErased constantly seeks feedback on training session, materials and presentations through surveys, direct interviews and follow up contacts. For example, in a recent training, over 62% of participants had never studied LGBTQ+ history and reported on a need for further materials and training. Post-training, 78% of participants reported being ready to introduce an LGBTQ+ lesson in their classrooms.
Examples of Program Success 
Examples of program success include:
1) An overwhelmingly positive response to HUE's intensive summer workshop. Thirty participants gave enthusiastic reviews of the program. One teacher stated that it was the first workshop where she felt comfortable being herself in front of other educators and that for the first time she felt proud to be a queer teacher with a history to share.  
100% of participants stated that the training had achieved outcomes (summer institute, 2017).
More than 90% of participants stated that they were confident to introduce LGBTQ+ material in the classroom. 
2) 80% of teachers attending workshops offered in 2016 reported introducing at least one LGBTQ+ themed lesson during school year 2016-17
3) A student who went through our youth leadership program while in high school, started and LGBTQ+ History Club at Fitchburg State University where she is a freshman. 
4) History UnErased  developed materials for LGBTQ+ historical inquiry that have been used by several local schools and included in the Massachusetts Historical Society's summer workshop program.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Debra Fowler
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Debra, a veteran classroom teacher, documentary filmmaker and public speaker, is resolute to challenge the status quo and respond (with a gentle assertion) to the injustices that are entrenched in the realm of education. Debra has produced two documentary films, “Through Gay Eyes” and “Hard Truth, Levity and Hope,” which promote awareness of individuals that are currently ignored, marginalized or excluded in our public schools. These documentary films provided leverage in advocating for the advancement of school curricula to include LGBTQ history, and for the equitable treatment of refugee students regarding educational policy and access to resources. Debra is a public speaker, engaging the community on these issues of equity in a variety of local and national venues.
Co-CEO Mrs. Miriam Morgenstern
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 2015
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience Miriam, a veteran classroom teacher, social justice educator and teacher trainer uses community service and outreach programs to create global awareness and explore complex historical events. Miriam has developed innovative courses and programs focusing on social justice and genocide awareness: the Public Service and Civic Engagement Academy at Lowell High School and the first-ever course on Cambodian history in a public high school in the United States. After traveling to Cambodia in 2007 with the Massachusetts Department of Education, she returned to facilitate a genocide education program for Cambodian teachers, administrators, and government officials. Subsequently, Miriam created an exchange program for Cambodian educators.

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The most significant opportunity for HUE is through MA Department of Education's recent (March, 2015) updated CMR code. "Research shows that inclusion of LGBTQ topics in curricula corresponds to all students reporting that they feel safer in school, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Curricula should reflect issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, as relevant, to be inclusive across subject areas, including, but not limited to, health, social science, language arts, and family life curricula." The imprimatur from the Department of Education based on statistical data, as well as HUE operating as a licensed professional learning and development provider for MA DESE confers HUE's mission as relevant and timely. 
The most significant challenge is securing funding in order to provide schools and educators with trainings and curriculum units at a minimal cost. 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): LGBTQ - 3
Gender Female: 10
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr. Warren Blumenfeld
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMASS Amherst
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Jamie Coker-Robertson
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation JCR Consulting
Board Co-Chair Term July 2015 - June 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Warren Blumenfeld UMASS Amherst - School of Education Voting
Mrs. Jamie Coker-Robertson JCR Consulting Voting
Mrs. Peggy Schleicher Middlesex Community College - English Professor --

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Arcus Foundation is assisting HUE with board selection, crafting HUE's employee handbook, as well as working with HUE as a "thought partner" for organization capacity building. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $76,000.00
Projected Expense $61,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990-EZ

2015 990-EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Revenue $20,768 $23,414 --
Total Expenses $19,285 $22,756 --

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Government Contributions $0 $0 --
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Individual Contributions $17,481 $19,014 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,287 $4,400 --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

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Program Expense $5,850 $9,796 --
Administration Expense $13,435 $12,960 --
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 1.03 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 30% 43% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Assets $2,141 $1,253 --
Current Assets $2,141 $1,253 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $0 $595 --
Total Net Assets $2,141 $658 --

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 75.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Short Term Solvency

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Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- 2.11 --

Long Term Solvency

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In 2016, History UnErased filed a 990EZ. This year (2017), because HUE's income exceeds the threshold for an EZ form, HUE will file a 990 form for the first time. 

Foundation Comments

This nonprofit is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in May of 2015, as noted in the above posted IRS Letter of Determination. Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization IRS Form 990-EZs. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

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