Join the Smithsonian Council for American History

Council Event, 2018

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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. In 2022, Council members will receive an invitation to join fellow donors, celebrities, and VIPs at an opening event for the Museum's Culture Wing featuring the new blockbuster exhibition Entertainment Nation. 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 approximately four 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.