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History Lunch Break: Games, Democracy, Museums, Tech

The Durham-based tech consultancy CrossComm Inc. developed “Gerrymander Madness: The Anti-Democracy VR Game” for the Greensboro History Museum’s Project Democracy 20/20 initiative. CrossComm CEO Don Shin joins us on this week’s History Lunch Break to talk about technology, civic engagement and more.

Video recording

History Lunch Break: Voting Rights, an Unfinished Story

The Fifteenth Amendment, which prevents states from excluding voters on the basis of race, is 150 years old this year. Yet the fulfillment of its promises has been a long struggle that continues today. GHM Curator of Community History Glenn Perkins talks with NCCU Law Professor Irving Joyner, Greensboro Public Library’s Danielle Pritchett and Leila Lewis of You Can Vote NC about the history of African American voting rights and ongoing, nonpartisan efforts at ensuring access to the polls in NC.

Part of Project Democracy 20/20 and the GSO Summer Online Juneteenth celebration

NAACP Voter Registration Sign, Warrenton, NC, around 1965
(National Museum of American History)

Reflections on American Democracy, with Smithsonian Curator Barbara Clark Smith

Live webcast lecture with Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith discussing American democracy past and present

Our nation rests on the consent of the people. But who are the people? How should those people participate to make their voices heard? The Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith explores these questions, which have faced every generation of Americans since the nation’s founding. In this live webcast lecture and conversation with Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart, Barbara Clark Smith recounts the thinking that shaped the exhibition and explores the unforeseen challenges posed by the earthquake shaking US politics today.

Barbara Clark Smith, co-curator of American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, is a well-known historian of Revolutionary America. In her career at the Smithsonian, she has also produced exhibitions on 18th-century everyday life; 17th-century Jamestown, Quebec, and Santa Fe, and Thomas Jefferson’s Bible. She is a Curator of Political History at the National Museum of American History.

The exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith was developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

History Lunch Break: Of Regulators and Revolutionaries

Beginning in the late 1760s, a group of Piedmont NC farmers calling themselves the Regulators organized against increased taxation and other injustices from colonial officials. These protests would lead to a violent clash at the Battle of Alamance in May 1771. Learn more about the Regulator movement and how it connects to the story of American democracy.

Curator of Community History Glenn Perkins talks with Elon University Professor Emerita and author Carole Watterson Troxler and Jeremiah DeGennaro, Site Manager at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington.

Pre-register on Zoom to ask questions or join the simulcast on Facebook Live

CANCELED – Special Members Hours for American Democracy

Bring the whole family for special members-only hours on the closing day for the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

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CANCELED – Lifted Voices: Women’s History + Folk in the Park!

From 1 to 4 pm, costumed interpreters bring history to life by sharing Greensboro stories in first person. Plus fun family activities in LeBauer Park as part of NC Folk Fest’s Folk in the Park!

Check out the Folk in the Park family area near the museum’s LeBauer Park terrace. Family area visitors can take part in activities highlighting Women’s History Month and the Project Democracy 20/20 initiative:

* Meet Lifted Voices costumed interpreters portraying women from Greensboro history.
* Make suffrage buttons and sashes highlighting the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
* Reshape electoral districts with the Gerrymander Madness VR experience.
* Color and send Four Freedoms postcards.
* Play Smithsonian Unity Square games to share what democracy means to you.

History buffs can also join in a Women’s History Month Costume Contest & Parade. Dress up as a favorite figure from history and compete for most creative entry for your age group (preschool, K-8, 9-12, adult). Open to all genders and ages. Register by 1:30 pm. Parade begins in museum at 1:50.

For Folk in the Park performances and full schedule, check out ncfolkfestival.com/folk-in-the-park/

CANCELED – Reflections on American Democracy – in a Time of Political Uncertainty

We regret to announce that Barbara Clark Smith’s lecture has been canceled due to travel restrictions for Smithsonian employees. Other museum programs are continuing as scheduled, unless otherwise indicated. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith will remain on view through March 29. Check our website for the latest updates.

Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith on American democracy past and present

Our nation rests on the consent of the people. But who are the people? How should those people participate to make their voices heard? The exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith explores these questions, which have faced every generation of Americans since the nation’s founding. In this talk,  Barbara Clark Smith recounts the thinking that shaped the exhibition and explores the unforeseen challenges posed by the earthquake shaking US politics today.

Barbara Clark Smith, co-curator of American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, is a well-known historian of Revolutionary America. In her career at the Smithsonian, she has also produced exhibitions on 18th-century everyday life; 17th-century Jamestown, Quebec, and Santa Fe, and Thomas Jefferson’s Bible. She is a Curator of Political History at the National Museum of American History.

CANCELED – GHM After Hours: Democracy Games Night

Try your hand at American bracketology, Where Do You Stand?, striking a Four Freedoms pose, Gerrymander Madness: The Anti-Democracy VR Game and much more at an after hours event for the whole family!

International Women’s Day Luncheon: Women Crafting Democracy

Special guest speaker Betsy Greer will discuss Craftivism, community building and crafting civic engagement. A panel with Greensboro artist Sunny Gravely and craftivist Kathy Newsom follows Greer’s talk.

Betsy Greer is author of Knitting for Good! and editor of the anthology Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Her online projects include http://craftivism.com and http://youaresoverybeautiful.com/. Greensboro History Museum features some of her embroideries within the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith. Painter, teacher and arts entrepreneur Sunny Gravely helped start The Artist Bloc gallery, coffee shop and art supply store and TAB ArtsCenter in Greensboro. Kathy Newsom directs The Corner Market, a weekly artisan and farmers market operating in Greensboro since 2013, and has organized creative projects such as Lindley Park’s Knit the Bridge.

This year’s International Women’s Day Luncheon highlights the intersection of making and democracy as part of Project Democracy 20/20.

Free program. Option to pre-purchase lunch available.

RSVP at http://iwd2020gso.eventbrite.com or call 336-373-2982

 

 

Great Leap of Faith Day

Celebrate Great Leap of Faith Day at the Greensboro History Museum.  Visit the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith and enjoy a special program of songs from Counterpoint from Triad Pride Performing Arts in the museum auditorium at 2 pm.