MUSEUM ON MAIN STREET
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?
- How do we encourage more people to participate in our democracy?
From April 2022 through January 2023, NJCH hosted opportunities across the state to discuss those very questions. From revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story – the story of democracy in America.
Our collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program brought the exhibit Voices and Votes: Democracy in America to six community colleges around New Jersey, in addition to democracy-related public humanities programs at nonprofit organizations—and creating chances for people to share their views on the topics of democracy and civic engagement.
At NJCH, we believe that everyone should have access to humanities programming. Based on your organization and desired topics/formats, we offer programs—often subsidized by our federal and corporate funding—so that you can bring high quality humanities programs to your audiences.