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Spokes & Votes: Pedaling the Path to Democracy for All

A daylong celebration of the revolutionary impact of the bicycle on the women’s movement of the early 20th century. Featuring rides, crafts and more.

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.

Lifted Voices: African American History

Lifted Voices is a free, family-friendly program that offers history in the first person. Visitors can meet Ned Griffin, a Revolutionary War soldier, and Elreta Alexander-Ralston, the first African American woman to be an elected district court judge. These and other figures from Greensboro’s past will share stories throughout the museum galleries, including American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition on view now.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins, there will also be a free screening of FEBRUARY ONE at 4 pm. This hour-long documentary film tells how four college freshmen in Greensboro changed the course of American history.

Free Speech in a Time of Hate Speech

In this conversation we’ll explore the language of hate vs. the language of dissent, who decides who is allowed to speak and how, and the responsibility of the media consumer in safeguarding free speech issues.

With Jonathan Friedman, project director for campus free speech at PEN America; Allen Johnson, Editorial Page Editor at the Greensboro News and Record; Steve Mitchell, author and co-owner of Scuppernong Books; and Alejandro J. Beutel, independent research scholar and former Senior Research Analyst at Southern Poverty Law Center. Moderated by Spoma Jovanovic, UNCG Department of Communication Studies.

Part of Greensboro Bound and Scuppernong Books’s Writers as Witness series. Presented with the NCA Center for Communication, Collaboration, and Change

Lunch & Learn: American Democracy

Bring your lunch to the museum on Thursday, December 19, and enjoy an insiders’ introduction to the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, open now.

The museum’s Curator of Community History, Glenn Perkins, will offer this free introduction to the exhibition and the NC Points of Change that connect the American democracy stories to North Carolina. Afterward, there will be an opportunity to tour the exhibition and ask questions to other curators.