The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched its website, www.nmaahc.si.edu, prior to the construction of its building giving the public the opportunity to help shape the museum’s collections and exhibits. This is the first major museum to use the internet to help create a new museum by gathering input from the public.
Online visitors can share a story, an image or an audio recording and it may become a part of the Memory Book at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is asking the public to contribute memories that will be linked to each other in the Memory Book exhibit. An online map shows how these diverse memories will be linked to content organized by the museum to spotlight people, places, issues and moments in African American history.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, making it the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. Scheduled for completion in 2015, it will be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Currently, during the pre-building phase, the museum is producing publications, hosting public programs and assembling collections. It is presenting exhibitions at other museums across the country and at its own gallery at the National Museum of American History. For more information about the museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).
A collection of photographs of James Baldwin, one of the leading literary figures of the 20th Century, has been acquired by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Story