WHAT IS Voices and Votes?
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is a Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian has partnered with Arizona Humanities to bring the exhibit to Arizona. The Voices and Votes exhibit opens in Camp Verde Saturday, March 28 remaining on-site at the Library through Monday, May 11 and accessible during library open hours.
Voices and Votes 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. This exhibit explores the action, reaction, vision and revision that democracy demands as Americans continue to question how to shape the country. From the 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. Visitors to the exhibit can explore 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.
Voice and Votes allows us to reflect on Camp Verde's history and explore what it means to be an active participant in the governance of not only the country but also this community. Through supplemental programming, we will convene conversations about and have developed local exhibitions and public programs to complement the Smithsonian exhibition. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Voices and Votes will serve as a community meeting place for conversations about democracy, the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, participating in government, and more.
Voices and Votes is based on an exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith. 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.
Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress. SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.
VOICES AND VOTES: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA IS A SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBIT MADE POSSIBLE IN ARIZONA BY ARIZONA HUMANITIES AND ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY. LOCAL PARTNERS INCLUDE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTES OF GREATER VERDE VALLEY, CAMP VERDE COMMUNITY LIBRARY, YAVAPAI-APACHE NATION, TOWN OF CAMP VERDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND FORT VERDE STATE HISTORICAL PARK.