Collecting American Elections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free | Please register in advance
Virtual Program from the Smithsonian

Add to Calendar10/27/2020 08:00 PM10/27/20 09:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkCollecting American ElectionsSmithsonian Affiliations and the National Museum of American History present a roundtable discussion of scholars discussing the hard choices and years of experience that they bring to collecting objects and documents from presidential campaigns for the nation’s collection. Virtual – Zoommithsonian Affiliations and the National Museum of American HistoryfalseMM/DD/YYYY

There is no bigger moment in the life of the American democracy than when voters head to the polls to exercise their rights as citizens to appoint a new leader. For curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History there is no clearer mandate than the presidential elections every four years to collect and document, to record and preserve the objects that capture the times.

Smithsonian Affiliations and the National Museum of American History present a roundtable discussion of scholars discussing the hard choices and years of experience that they bring to collecting objects and documents from presidential campaigns for the nation’s collection. Lisa Kathleen Graddy, Jon Grinspan, and Claire Jerry from the Division of Political and Military History will share their favorite campaign artifacts from the Smithsonian’s collection, and will bring a diverse perspective to how Americans elect leaders and what messages the objects of campaigns convey about their times. Join us for a moderated conversation allowing audience members to ask questions and contribute their thoughts.

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For more information, please contact Mariruth Leftwich at maleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Panelists

Lisa Kathleen Graddy
Curator, Division of Political and Military History, National Museum of American History

Lisa Kathleen Graddy’s research interests center on the ways that Americans, particularly women, have found a public voice and wielded political power through organizing, participating in, and building institutions such as reform movements, voting rights movements, suffrage organizations, and political parties. Ms. Graddy’s current projects include Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage, an exhibition opening in 2020; the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative and book, and the traveling exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

Jon Grinspan, Ph.D.
Curator, Division of Political and Military History, National Museum of American History

Jon Grinspan studies study how politics and popular culture grew up together in America. Mr. Grinspan received his doctorate degree in history from the University of Virginia, and is the author of two books, The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy 1865 – 1915 (Forthcoming: New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021); and The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Claire Jerry, Ph.D.
Curator, Political History, National Museum of American History

Claire Jerry has worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History since 2016 as a curator in the Division of Political and Military History.   She specializes in political rhetoric and presidential history.  She is currently working with #votehistory team to share campaign artifacts and stories virtually.  Jerry has also served as Chief Curator at McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina and Guest Curator at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

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