Calendar of Events: June 2018

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:
Closing Exhibition:
"Religion in Early America"
Last chance to see: June 3
The Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Gallery
Second Floor, West
“Religion in Early America” is the first exhibition pertaining to religion at the museum, emphasizing the role of religion in the formation and development of the U.S. The exhibition looks at the themes of religious diversity, freedom and growth from the colonial era through the 1840s. For more information, please visit:
"American Stories"
June 1
Second Floor, East
Baseball player Willie Mays' glove, hat and shoes go on view within the "American Stories" exhibition. Note: the Indiana Jones fedora and whip are now off view.
Opening Exhibitions:
The Ruby Slippers
Return: Oct. 19
Third Floor, West
The Ruby Slippers will return to view in a dedicated gallery on the museum's third floor.
"The American Revolution: A World at War"
Opens June 26
The Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Gallery
Second Floor, West
Explore the American Revolution through a global lens in “The American Revolution: A World War,” which looks at the 1781 culminating victory at Yorktown through the Franco-American partnership that made it possible. This one-year exhibition will captivate visitors with compelling objects including two paintings created by Louis Nicolas van Blarenberghe as copies of those presented to King Louis XVI. The Siege of Yorktown and The Surrender of Yorktown, both painted in 1786 and the Washington’s 1782 portrait by Charles Willson Peale are united for the first time in a national museum since they were displayed together in the 1700s in General Rochambeau’s chamber as a reminder of his partnership with the American General. The support of France and Spain during the Revolution not only secured an American victory, but had consequences that echoed far beyond American shores.
Featured Event:
Naturalization Ceremony and José Feliciano Donation
June 14; 11 a.m.
Flag Hall
Second Floor, Center
The National Museum of American History will host a Flag Day naturalization ceremony in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. Against the backdrop of the Star-Spangled Banner gallery entrance, 20 applicants will receive Certificates of Naturalization after taking an Oath of Allegiance and the museum will accept a donation of objects from Grammy-award winning guitarist, José Feliciano. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Feliciano will perform the national anthem to mark the 50th anniversary of his 1968 performance at the World Series in Detroit.
Additional Events:
DC Shape Note Singers
June 1; 1:10 and 1:50 p.m.
Religion in Early America exhibition
Second Floor, West
In celebration of the final weekend of the Religion in Early America exhibition, the DC Shape Note Singers will present two 25 minute “singings” on June 1, 1:10-1:35 p.m. and 1:50-2:15 p.m. of early American religious music. The style of church singing known variously as “shape note” or “sacred harp” dates to the 18th century. Known for its haunting melodies and harmonies, it was once one of the most popular art forms in the country.
“Cooking Up History: Exploring the South”
June 8; 1 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, Demonstration Kitchen
First Floor, West
Southern traditions will be on the menu in June as "Cooking Up History" continues to explore the regional culinary traditions. Featured guest, Chef Edward Lee, will join museum food historian Ashley Rose Young for a lively demonstration. Chef Lee will sign copies of his book, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine following the program. Books will be available for purchase on site. For more information, please visit:
National History Day
June 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The National History Day Contest is an annual competition for students from across the country designed to encourage and showcase young historians. For the 2018 contest, students conducted research and developed tabletop exhibits, dramatic presentations, video documentaries, papers and websites focusing on the theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History." The museum hosts students from all 50 states participating in the national competition being held at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Innovative Lives: Pioneers of esports
June 20; 6:30 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Plaza
First Floor, West
Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, co-founders of Riot Games and co-creators of League of Legends, will discuss the creation of esports and its future impact in the sports landscape on a panel moderated by DC sports radio personality Bram Weinstein. For more information, please visit:
"America Now! Solstice Edition"
June 23
Museum open until Midnight
Programming from 5–8:30 p.m.
“America Now” kicks of its Solstice Edition in honor of the year’s longest day with themed activities including making a Swedish inspired summer crowns and a scavenger hunt for artifacts associated with nighttime. For adult audiences, the museum will feature speakeasy bars and a “secret” room containing rarely-seen collections items. Curators will share curious stories of what Americans have done at night throughout history in “lightning” talks. Activities are programmed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to hop on the pedi-cab procession to continue the second part of “America Now” at partner museums, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The museum's Warner Bros. Theater will remain open late. For ticketed showtimes, go to: “America Now” is participating in the Smithsonian Saturday Solstice celebration.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein: 100 Years
June 9; 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza
First Floor, West
Ticket purchase required:
To celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra has commissioned a series of new arrangements of selected works, including his “Chichester Psalms” and “The Great Lover Displays.” For more information, please visit:
Star-Spangled American Music Series
U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings
June 21 and June 28; Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Flag Hall
Second Floor, Center
The 2018 Star-Spangled American Music series, with the theme The Nation We Build Together, presents performances by ensembles from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy and the Making American Music Artist in Residence and Interns. The June 21 and 28 concerts will feature the U.S. Air Force's Strolling Strings and the music series will continue on Thursdays through July 26. For more information, please visit:
Daily Programs:
The Nation We Build Together theater performance
Wallace H. Coulter Unity Square
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Second Floor, West
On Feb. 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a “whites only” lunch counter at the Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, N.C., and politely asked for service. Their request was refused, and when asked to leave, the students remained in their seats in protest. Participate in a 30 minute interactive play around the Greensboro Lunch Counter, the centerpiece of Unity Square, that transports audiences back to the civil rights movement. Exploring the intersection of race, civic activism and religious inspiration, this program sets the stage for a conversation about how we can shape the future of America.
Justice Must be Done theater performance
Tuesdays and Thursdays; Noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
"Within These Walls" exhibition
Second Floor, West
Visit the Ipswich, Mass., home of the Caldwell family and join an 1830s anti-slavery society meeting.
Votes for Women
Saturdays; Noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Gateway (outside "American Democracy" exhibition)
Second Floor, West
Meet a costumed interpreter and learn about the fight for the 19th Amendment which granted most women the right to vote.
Meet the Wheelwoman
Fridays; Noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
First Floor, West
Meet wheelwoman Louise Gibson as she takes her bicycle on a journey to discover opportunities for women in the 1890s.
Flag Folding
Tuesdays-Thursdays; times vary
Flag Hall
Second Floor, Center
Take part in folding a true-to-size replica of the Star-Spangled Banner while learning the history of the flag that inspired the national anthem.
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