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Live Webinar: 250th Anniversary and African American Museums: A Listening Session
August 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-5
How should the community of African American museums and other history organizations engage with the upcoming commemoration of the United States 250th anniversary? We want to hear from you! The event is free; Register here.
As U.S. history organizations advance plans for “America 250,” AASLH is partnering with the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) for this listening session, offering an opportunity for participants to learn more about commemoration planning and to share ideas about what role African American history institutions could play. The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission released its extensive planning report recently, which explains some of the ways that cultural institutions in every state and territory will be involved, how state commissions will participate, and what the likely connections will be to federal agencies such as the National Park Service, NEH, the Smithsonian, and the National Archives. How can this anniversary enable African American museums to advance more inclusive, more honest stories about our nation’s past? What role should African American institutions and museum professionals play to ensure commemoration programming reflects the diversity of our nation and our communities? What opportunities might the 250th present to advance broad, structural shifts in how American history is interpreted and shared with public audiences? Register here.