The Smithsonian is coming to Kansas! The Mid-America All-Indian Museum is pleased to announce a special tour of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition from Museum on Main Street. The exhibit explores the history of American democracy and will be on display at the Mid America All-Indian Museum May 13 through June 24, 2023.
- Elders, Military, Students - $5
- Adults- $7
- Children - $3
- Under 6 – FREE
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America traces the bold American experiment of a government run by and for the people. The exhibit examines the influences that shaped the early days of American democracy and the changes that have occurred in the nearly 250 years since.
Democracy is a form of government that requires civic engagement and participation. It is formed by citizens’ responses to ongoing questions: What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens? What is the role of the government in American life? How do citizens participate in democracy? Beginning with the American Revolution, this exhibition explores these questions and more.
The American Indian Vote.
A local exhibit accompanying Voices and Votes.
Native peoples were awarded citizenship in 1924, but the struggle for voting rights stretched on much longer and remains and issue today. Join the Mid-America All-Indian Museum for a closer look at the history of the American Indian Vote and the Native peoples that make up our local, state and federal government.
Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote
A traveling exhibit by the League of Women Voters of Kansas and its Centennial Celebration Committee, will be on display at Mid-America All-Indian Museum from May 13 through June 24. The exhibit brings to life the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Kansas. Beginning with Clarina Nichols in the late 1800s, visitors will become acquainted with some of the historic women in our state who led the women’s right to vote movement in the early 20th century as they fought for decades to ensure their inclusion in civic life.
The exhibit also traces the influence of African-American and Native American women who played an integral part in the process even though the right to vote did not include them until much later. The exhibit’s final panel issues a call to action to vote in every election.
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America has been made possible in Kansas by Humanities Kansas and is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. It is based on an exhibition by the National Museum of American History. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.