The Smithsonian Returns in 2013!
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The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program will return once again in 2013 with the statewide tour of the Journey Stories traveling exhibition. AHC will select six rural sites through a competitive process to host Journey Stories for six weeks each, and to develop supplementary programming to tell their local stories that reflect themes in the exhibition. AHC will facilitate local exhibit development and program planning by providing funding, scholarly consultations, packaged programs, and preparatory workshops, along with materials developed by Museum on Main Street. The tour will run June 2013-April 2014.
For more information, contact Celina Chiarello at 602/257-0335 x23 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Journey Stories
Journey stories-tales of how we and our ancestors came to America-are a central element of our personal heritage. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything-families and possessions -to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures, or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers.
Our transportation history is more than boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom. The Museum on Main Street exhibition Journey Stories will examine the intersection between modes of travel and Americans' desire to feel free to move.
The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom. It is accounts of immigrants coming in search of promise in a new country; stories of individuals and families relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead, or employment; the harrowing journeys of Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and, of course, fun and frolic on the open road.
The story of the intersection between transportation and American society is complicated, but it tells us much about who we are-people who see our societal mobility as a means for asserting our individual freedom. Journey Stories will use engaging images, alongside audio and artifacts, to tell the stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society.
Journey Stories is part of Museums on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museums on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
About Museums on Main Street (MoMS)
MoMS is a one-of-a-kind cultural partnership between the Smithsonian Institution, state humanities councils, and rural museums across America. Smithsonian designers have developed an exhibition format tailored to small museums: exhibits are freestanding, contain original objects, and travel in easy-to-handle wheeled crates. Rural museums are able to take advantage of the name recognition of the Smithsonian Institution as well as the programming expertise of AHC, which will facilitate local exhibit development and program planning by providing funding, scholarly consultations, packaged programs, and preparatory workshops, along with materials developed by MoMS. Visit www.museumonmainstreet.org to learn more.