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Calendar of Events: January 2018

December 13, 2017

Editor’s Note:

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the museum. Program attendees should arrive 30 minutes in advance. For a complete schedule of activities check: https://americanhistory.si.edu.

Opening Displays
Fair Housing Act
Opens Jan. 1
Display in Within These Walls exhibition
Second Floor, West
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was the result of years of individual and collective struggle against discrimination in housing. The act prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion and national origin. A pen President Lyndon B. Johnson used to sign the landmark legislation and a handout promoting a march for fair housing will be on view in the new display housed in the Museum’s “Within These Walls” exhibition gallery.
The Batmobile
Opens Jan. 12
First Floor, Center
The Batmobile from the Tim Burton-directed 1989 superhero film “Batman” will go on view beginning Jan. 12. The film—starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker—was the first installment of Warner Bros.’s initial “Batman” film series. Originally built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Impala, the Batmobile was designed by Anton Furst, drawing inspiration from Salt Flat Racers and the Corvette Stingrays of the 1950’s and reflecting the Art Deco influences that Burton’s depicted in his Gotham City. The vehicle is on loan from Warner Bros.

Precision Farming
New Perspectives Case in American Enterprise exhibition 
Opens Jan. 19
First Floor, West
In the late 1990s, farming began to change dramatically, as location tracking technology like GPS allowed farmers to “see” their farms beyond the fields in front of them. Key objects and images will be on display that illustrate new ways farmers anticipate and manage their production.

Closing Displays
Work Incentives
New Perspectives Case in American Enterprise exhibition
Closes Jan. 14
First Floor, West
The “Work Incentives” display in the museum’s business history exhibition examines how managers created innovative ways to shape their employees' work ethic with various incentives and techniques. Owners and managers looked to encourage employees to work faster, longer and safer, while working to prevent employees from joining labor unions.

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Relocating Displays
LEGO Liberty Statue
First Floor, Center
A 9-foot-tall LEGO Statue of Liberty model rests on a platform on the Museum’s first floor, made of sand-green LEGO bricks and weighing 125 pounds without its interior steel support. The LEGO Liberty will be off view from January 10–March 2 when it will be relocated to the Lower Level near the Cafe.

Featured Events

“Cooking Up History” 
Forgotten Foods: Finding and Tasting Recipes from the NMAH Archives Center
Jan. 5; 2 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, Demonstration Kitchen
First Floor, West
Food historian Ashley Rose Young will prepare a dish from a recipe found in the Museum’s Archives Center while discussing changing cooking techniques and ingredients and the challenges of preparing historic recipes in modern kitchens. For more information, please visit: s.si.edu/CookHistory.

Food historian Ashley Rose Young


Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Smithsonian Consort of Viols
Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14; 7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Hall of Music, Third Floor, West
Ticket purchase required: http://smithsonianassociates.org/chamber
The Smithsonian Consort of Viols—Kenneth Slowik (treble viol and organ), Lucine Musaelian (treble viol), Zoe Weiss and Catherine Slowik (tenor viol) and Patricia Neely and William Skeen (bass viol)—will perform the Consort Music of John Jenkins (1592-1678).
Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Saturday, Jan. 20; 7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket purchase required: http://smithsonianassociates.org/chamber
Hall of Music, Third Floor, West
Aaron Sheehan (tenor) and Kenneth Slowick (fortepiano) will present Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise,” D. 911 (1827).
Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Smithsonian Chamber Players
Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28; 7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Hall of Music, Third Floor, West
Ticket purchase required: http://smithsonianassociates.org/chamber
The Smithsonian Chamber Players—Kenneth Slowick (fortepiano), Katherine Kyme (violin) and William Skeen (violoncello), with actress Katja Herbers—will perform Reinbert de Leeuw’s “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai: Three times seven Lieder after Schumann and Schubert.”

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About the Museum

The National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history through its collections and research. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For more information and to check extended hours, visit us online at https://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.
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