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JANUARY 2021

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 in January 2021 and will be 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 looks at 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.

 
Accompanying Programs & Events Schedule - Currently ON HOLD
 
  • Exhibit Opening Program: Saturday, March 28 2:00p - 4:00p
  • Voices and Votes Exhibit on Display: Saturday, March 28 - Monday, May 11 during Library open hours - 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.
    • "I Am an American Too:" History of American Indian Voting Rights - Poster Display
    • Put Yourself in Her Shoes: a woman's life at Ft. Verde before she could vote - sample period women's dress display borrowed from Fort Verde State Historic Park
    • Honoring American Veterans' Contributions to Democracy in America - Poster Display
    • Democracy in Camp Verde teaser courtesy Camp Verde Historical Society
    • Graphic Display showing voter turnout among Verde Valley communities
    • Photo Exhibit: images by local photographers - See: Why Your Voice Matters, Camp Verde
    • Democracy in America library book display
    • Kids Vote: Kids' voices matter in the Children's Library
    • Political Cartoons Display - drawn by local teens in the Teen Library
    • Story Collection Kiosk: Visitors can add their anecdotes to the national narrative about Democracy in America
  • Friday, TBD Dewey Learn His Vote Matters: Friday Campers from CVMS will learn the art of expressing their voice in the medium of alcohol ink in this art workshop taught by Ms. Lynne, Founder of Lynne's Jubilee.
  • Saturday, TBD @3:30p Draw Political Cartoons with the Janimal: Teens, join Zack and Janimal in the Teen Library for a cartoon drawing workshop then display the results for visitors to Voices and Votes to enjoy
  • Begins TBD Local Story Collection: Using BeHereStories App, library teens spontaneously interview library patrons about Democracy in Camp Verde.
  • Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30 ONEBOOK CV: Modeled after ONEBOOK AZ, ONEBOOK CV seeks to bring the Camp Verde community together through the experience of shared literature. Participants will read Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman by Martha Summerhayes. 
    • Thursday, April 30 10:00a-1:00p
      1. meet at Ft. Verde @10:00a for a guided tour
      2. return to the library for a presentation by Chris and Don Goddard
      3. enjoy lunch and a book discussion
  • Monday/Tuesday, TBD Speaker Series 6:00p (mostly): Topics to include

VFW Voices of Democracy
How Safe is Your Vote?

  • Saturday, TBD AZ Humanities Frank Talk: Hip Hop and American Culture This program examines how the specific musical genre, Hip Hop, has transformed the world through musical fusion, rhetorical jousting, cultural innovation, entrepreneurialism, and political commentary. 
  • Tuesday, April 21 @6:00p What if Ghosts Could Vote? 
  • Monday, May 18 @6:30p What is the Electoral College? a presentation by Malcolm Barrett

Can You Pass the Citizenship Test?

  • 2nd Wednesday of the Month TBD @1:30p: Film Series for Adults themed around Democracy in America
    • 04/08 Intruder in the Dust (1949) - In 1940s Mississippi, two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge.
    • 05/13 Selma (2014) - Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama, which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr.
    • 06/10 A Face in the Crowd (1957) - Charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker.
    • 07/08 The American President (1995) - A widowed U.S. President running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception," and sparks fly anyway.
    • 08/12 All the King's Men (1949) - a powerful drama about political and personal corruption, based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, inspired by the rise and fall of southern bigwig Huey Pierce Long, the infamous"Kingfish" who was Louisiana's governor and one-time senator. 
    • 09/09 Suffragette (2015) - a powerful drama about the women willing to lose everything in their fight for equality.
  • 3rd Saturday of the Month TBD - Movies for Families focusing on Democracy in America
    • 04/18 Selma, Lord, Selmaa 1999 film that tells the story through the eyes of an 11-year-old African-American girl of what happened in March 1965 in Selma, Alabama. 
    • 05/11 Disney's American Legends - Meet the doers and dreamers who made America great. John Henry, the railroad builder, proved the value of believing in oneself. Journey with the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan as he clears the land for American settlers. Follow the trail of Johnny Appleseed, who planted apple trees along the new frontier. And take an unforgettable ride with Casey Jones, The Brave Engineer
  • Thursday, April 23 Open MIC Night: bring your favorite poetry, music, recitations, etc. for spontaneous performances themed around Democracy in America
  • September 01, 2020 Quester's Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibit: a six-panel traveling exhibit about the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
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 FaithThe 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.

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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.