Calendar of Exhibitions and Events: July 2021


Illegal to be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
Last day to view: July 6
Second Floor, Center

In June 1969, LGBTQ+ community members resisted a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in lower Manhattan. The museum marked this 50th anniversary with a display featuring objects from its collections that put the history of that memorable event within a larger and longer experience of being gay. For more information on the exhibition, visit To explore the museum's LGBTQ+ collections, visit



"¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues" / "En los barrios y las grandes ligas"
Opens July 2; Closes July 2022
Albert H. Small Documents Gallery

Second Floor, East

This summer, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd will be heard from neighborhood parks to Major League stadiums. On July 2, “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues/En los barrios y las grandes ligas,” a new bilingual exhibition, will take audiences on a journey into the heart of American baseball to understand how generations of Latinas/os have helped make the game what it is today. For nearly a century, baseball has been a social and cultural force in Latino communities across the United States. From hometown baseball teams to the Major Leagues, the exhibit shows how the game can bring people together and how Latino players have made a huge impact on the sport. The exhibit will have a series of companion programs as well as a traveling component through the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).  

Learn more about the ¡Pleibol! exhibit here:



"¡Pleibol!" Virtual Exhibition Opening
July 9; 7 p.m.
Free; required signup:

In a virtual opening celebration of the new exhibition "¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues" / "En los barrios y las grandes ligas," the online exhibition showcases Latinas/os' influence on the game for over a century, and highlights the impact of baseball within Latino communities across the nation. In this digital tour, curators provide an immersive behind-the-scenes look at stories and artifacts on display.

The conversation may be accessed live on the museum's Facebook page ( and Youtube page ( 

Spanish captioning will be available for this program.  



Cooking Up History: Pleibol and Eat Well! Latino Culinary Traditions and Américas’ Game
Monday, July 26; 6:45 p.m.
Virtual demonstration
Tickets available for purchase here:

Explore the tangible connections between baseball and Latino culinary traditions, food fusions, and experiences that reflect broader themes and trends in American history—the focus of the National Museum of American History's new exhibition "¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues" / "En los barrios y las grandes ligas." In celebration of the exhibition’s opening, a guest chef will prepare foods that represents Latinos’ culinary cultures and heritage of baseball-loving families. This event is in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates. More information here:



Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
2019 International “Jazz Beyond Borders Tour” re-broadcast of Tokyo Performance
July 15 
Tickets available here:

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra closes out its 2020-2021 concert season on July 15 with a rebroadcast of its November 2019 performance at the International Forum in Tokyo, Japan. This concert was the culmination of the orchestra's 2019 "Jazz Beyond Borders" tour that took the museum around the globe. This performance features Grammy award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling and will be streamed in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates.

For more information on the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, visit



The museum continues to celebrate women’s history with these recently opened exhibitions:

Girlhood (It's complicated) 
Closes Jan. 2, 2023
Second Floor, West

While the nursery rhyme tells us that girls are “made of sugar and spice and everything nice,” history demonstrates that girls are made of stronger stuff. "Girlhood (It's Complicated)" showcases how girls have been on the frontlines of change and how they have made an impact on all aspects of American life. Spanning a timeframe of more than 200 years and showcasing approximately 200 objects, including some never before seen artifacts, the exhibition examines the ways American girls, from Helen Keller to Minnijean Brown to Naomi Wadler, have spoken up, challenged expectations and used their voices to effect change.

Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage
Closes Jan. 3, 2022
Second Floor, East

“Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage” highlights women’s achievements in winning suffrage while inviting audiences to explore how the country celebrates milestones, what we 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. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a six-foot tall portrait of Susan B. Anthony painted by Sarah J. Eddy in 1900. It also features items donated between 1919 and 1920 by the National American Women’s Suffrage Association (now the League of Women Voters), materials related to Adelaide Johnson and Alice Paul, and contemporary items from the 2017 Women’s March as well as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s gavel.  

Picturing Women Inventors
Lower Level

Like their male counterparts, women inventors represent all segments of American society, but their stories are often overlooked or undervalued. "Picturing Women Inventors" highlights the distinct motivations, challenges and accomplishments of exceptional 20th- and 21st-century inventive women who are diverse both personally and professionally. Presented in bold wall murals, with text in English and Spanish, the exhibition illustrates the creativity of women inventors while inspiring young people (especially girls) to see themselves as future inventors.

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Rebecca Seel