Project Democracy 20/20

New! Online programming. Featuring Smithsonian Curator Barbara Clark Smith’s live webcast “Reflections on Democracy” and more…

What is it?

Project Democracy 20/20 is a major Greensboro History Museum initiative exploring American democracy through exhibitions, public programs and innovative community connections.


Coming this fall, North Carolina Democracy opens in the temporary galleries. This new exhibition will expand the NC points of change developed the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith and offer additional paths to connect with democracy in our state.

Take a deeper look inside the Project Democracy 20/20 exhibitions at Greensboro History Museum, including the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

Throughout 2020, Voices & Visions of Democracy will be highlighted in the permanent exhibition Voices of a City. Visitors can learn about the 1908 election in Welcome to the Gate City. You can also share your own stories about democracy on our new Storykiosk video storytelling portal.


Engaging programs, education activities and innovative community connections are also part of Project Democracy 20/20. Find out what’s happening on our calendar or by following #ProjectDemocracy2020.

Upcoming Programs

Regulators UNC Libraries

History Lunch Break: Of Regulators and Revolutionaries

Friday, May 29, 12 pm 

With Elon University Professor Emerita and author Carole Watterson Troxler and Jeremiah DeGennaro, Site Manager at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington. Learn more…

Pre-register on Zoom to ask questions

Or plan to watch livestream video on our Facebook page

Barbara Clark Smith

Reflections on American Democracy, with Smithsonian Curator Barbara Clark Smith

Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm 

Live webcast lecture with Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith discussing American democracy past and present. Learn more…

Register for Reflections on American Democracy on Zoom

Or plan to watch livestream video on our Facebook page

The Gerrymander Madness VR game lets players try to make their own political map.

Learn more in this segment from WUNC’s The State of Things

Why Democracy?

Suffragists picketing the White House, Feb. 1917 Courtesy Library of Congress
Suffragists picketing the White House, Feb. 1917 Courtesy Library of Congress

This project will spark discussions relevant to the presidential election year, the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment, the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and the 60th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. We will explore the questions:

  • What is democracy?
  • Who votes and how?
  • Beyond the ballot, how have we used our right to petition and protest?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens?
  • How does engaging with history activate citizens’ participation in their government?

How can I get involved?

Support Project Democracy 20/20

Your financial support matters. Donate to Project Democracy 20/20 and you’re helping connect people to the history of democracy from the neighborhood to the nation through educational programming, innovative exhibitions, creative collaborations and more!

Or you can participate in Project Democracy 20/20 crowdfunding. Click here to learn about launching your own campaign…

Thanks to our sponsors

North Carolina Humanities Council. Many Stories. One People

Project Democracy 20/20 is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Triad Pan Asian American Network Giving Circle of CFGG

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