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Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

The Smithsonian is in Kansas! Humanities Kansas is pleased to announce a special Kansas tour of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition from Museum on Main Street. The exhibit explores the history of American democracy and will tour six Kansas communities between March 25, 2023, through January 7, 2024.

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Voices and Votes: Democracy in America traces the bold American experiment of a government run by and for the people. The exhibit examines the influences that shaped the early days of American democracy and the changes that have occurred in the nearly 250 years since.

Democracy is a form of government that requires civic engagement and participation. It is formed by citizens’ responses to ongoing questions: What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens? What is the role of the government in American life? How do citizens participate in democracy? Beginning with the American Revolution, this exhibition explores these questions and more.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America content can be translated to Spanish and other languages or converted into an audio format. Access accessibilty resources below.Accessible Resources


Voices and Votes Smithsonian Host Communities​

These organizations wil​l bring the Smithsonian exhibition to the​ir hometown March 25, 2023,​ ​through January 7, 2024:​​​

Boot Hill Museum, Dodge CityVV Host Sites
March 25 – May 7, 2023​​​​​

Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Wichita            
May 13 – June 25, 2023​​

Nicodemus National Historic Site                        ​
July 1 – August 13, 2023​

Franklin County Historical Society, Ottawa            
August 19 – October 1, 2023

Winfield Public Library                                      ​​​
October 7 – November 19, 2023

Republic County Historical Society, Belleville      
November 25, 2023 – January 7, 2024

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Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is made possible in Kansas by Humanities Kansas with support from "A More Perfect Union: America at 250" an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, HK Friends of the Humanities, and the following partners. 

VV Sponsors

​​Special thanks to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home.



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