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Smithsonian Virtual Lecture - Collecting American Elections

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Location: Online Event

Time: 8 pm

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.

Cost: Free

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si-Affiliations-rgb-single-line-color-280w-1This is a free lecture offered in partnership with the Smithsonian Affiliations program. Historic Annapolis is a one of only 6 museums in Maryland to be recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate.
 

About the Presenters

VL-American-Elections-GraddyLisa 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.

VL-American-Elections-GrinspanJon 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). 

VL-American-Elections-JerryClaire 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.  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.  She holds an M.A. in Public History from the University of Illinois Springfield, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from the University of Kansas.  

 

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