The National Museum of American History is pleased to host the Guild of Professional Tour Guides for a visit to the new wing, The Nation We Build Together, on 2 West on Friday, January 12 from 12:50 – 3:00 pm. Program begins at 1 PM but allow time for clearing security, walking to The Nation We Build Together, and registering your attendance
From 1:00 – 1:30 pm, we invite participants to the performance of The Nation We Build Together in Unity Square in 2 West, a free, 30-minute presentation that explores the role of student activists in the civil rights movement through the lens of the Greensboro Lunch Counter sit-ins in 1960.
From 1:30 – 2:15 pm, participants will have an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the exhibitions American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, Many Voices, One Nation; Within These Walls…; and Religion in Early America. Docents and staff will be on hand to answer questions in American Democracy and Many Voices, One Nation.
From 2:15 – 3:00 pm, we will move to the SC Johnson Conference Center, 1 West, where staff from the Department of Visitor Experience and the Office of Communications and Marketing will be available to answer questions about our exhibitions and bringing groups to the museum.
Some additional information about the new wing:
· “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” which explores the history of citizen participation through national treasures
· “Many Voices, One Nation,” a 500-year journey on how we became US, a nation out of many.
· A changing gallery with the inaugural exhibit, “Religion in Early America”
· A refreshed presentation of “Within These Walls…,” which showcases 200 years of American history in one house
· “Unity Square,” a program space with hands-on activities, theater programs and a spotlight on one of the museum’s national treasures, the Greensboro Lunch Counter
· A 12-ton statue of George Washington, sculpted by Horatio Greenough in a classic Greek revival style, greets visitors at the entrance to the floor and draw in the visitors