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Voices and Votes:
Democracy in America

August 20 - October 2, 2022

This Smithsonian traveling exhibit explores the nearly 250-year-old American experiment with government of, by, and for the people.

When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans:

• Who has the right to vote?

• What are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens

• Whose voices will be heard?

• How do you participate as a citizen?


Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.