Join the Smithsonian Council for American History

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We invite you to join others who share your love of American History through membership in the Smithsonian Council for American History—our most distinguished group of contributors.

Council members receive an array of exclusive membership benefits in appreciation of their generosity. JOIN THE COUNCIL TODAY!

Council Helps Close the Gap

Most people do not realize that donations from individuals like you enable the Museum to share its collections and programs with over five million visitors each year.  Support from the Council is vital to sustaining our acclaimed program of exhibitions, performances, and family programs— free-of-charge, 364 days a year!

The Smithsonian Council of American History helps to fund the work of the Museum from the preservation of fragile treasures, to world-class exhibitions and programs.

Join the Council

To learn more about the Smithsonian Council for American History or to request a brochure, please contact Kim Nguyen, Manager of Annual Giving, at 202-633-3737 or