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Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

Location: African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with Main Street Iowa presents “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America.” The exhibition examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by, and for the people, ” and how each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”

Opening at the African American Museum of Iowa on July 10th, “Voices and Votes” will be on view through August 16th on Fridays and Saturdays. The local Cedar Rapids democracy exhibit will be on display at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.
The District and the Cedar Rapids community has been chosen by Main Street Iowa to host “Voices and Votes” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.
"Voices and Votes" Smithsonian exhibit explores the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. “Voices and Votes” features historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; engaging multimedia interactives with short games; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.
The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Voices” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress.