Calendar of Exhibitions and Events: December 2021


"Upending 1620: Where Do We Begin?"
Closes July 2022
Artifact Walls
Second Floor, Center East

“Upending 1620: Where Do We Begin?” is a display that examines the early encounters between Wampanoag peoples and English colonists, and the important legacies of those encounters over the next 400 years. Those initial meetings became the subject of powerful myths, when later Americans reimagined the English as “Pilgrims” and founders of the U.S. nation. Audiences will be able to look at the origins and evolution of Thanksgiving and the emergence of the National Day of Mourning, a protest first organized in 1970 in an effort to counter the Pilgrim myths. Objects on display include a 1998 Day of Mourning protest banner, a Wampanoag wood splint burden basket, and a handmade Narragansett drum. as well as fragments of Plymouth Rock, and a chest that descended in the family of a Mayflower voyager.


“Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage"
Nicholas J. and Eugenia Taubman Gallery; Second Floor West
Closes Jan. 2, 2022

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote, the museum opened “Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage” in March 2020. Highlighting women’s achievements in winning suffrage, it invites audiences to explore how the country celebrates milestones, what people as a nation remember, what (and who) has been forgotten or silenced over time and how those exclusions helped create the cracks and fissures in a movement that continue to impact women’s politics and activism.


"Recovering Food Histories with Toni Tipton-Martin and Friends"
Nov. 12; Noon
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Part of the Museum's commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of welcoming Julia Child's kitchen to its collections, Tipton-Martin will host a virtual salon Nov. 12 featuring a panel of trailblazing women in a conversation about the importance of recovering and documenting historical food history.

This program will be pre-recorded and released on the museum’s YouTube channel Nov. 12 at noon ET. There is a full listing of programs and information on how to view them.


The Jazz Age and the Black and Tans 
Dec. 14; 7 p.m.
Virtual event
Information to purchase tickets will be available on our website soon:

From 1896-1954, separate but equal segregation was the law of the land in the U.S. Black and Tan clubs opened their doors to integrate White, Black and other Americans of color during the 1920s Jazz Age. Smithsonian Jazz will present the music and the story behind the Black and Tans.  


The Escaramuza Latinas Talk Latinas video is live at this link. The life and experience of Veronica Davila, former captain of the Las Valentinas escaramuza team, shows how girls reclaim their Mexican cultural heritage and affirm their Mexican American identity through this daring horsemanship and horse-riding sport.

This Latinas Talk Latinas episode is just one part of a object digital experience. Additional video content from Texas in the learning lab and the 3D object experience can be found in the links below.

The Learning Lab

The 3D experience

Media only:
Rebecca Seel