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National Museum of American History: Calendar of Exhibitions and Events: June 2023

June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm EDT

EXHIBITIONS

OPENING “Treasures and Trouble: Looking Inside a Legendary Blues Archive”Archives Center, First Floor, WestOpens June 23 The exhibit explores the many treasures and troubles found within Robert “Mack” McCormick’s one-of-a-kind music archive. McCormick (1930-2015) was a white, Houston-based, self-trained folklorist who built one of the world’s largest and most significant archives on blues and other Southern musical traditions. Examples from McCormick’s research notes and recorded interviews with Southern black blues artists, original writings, photography, correspondence and more will be included in this display along with booking contracts for artists such as Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins. This selection was chosen from an archive that fills nearly 100 feet of shelving (as long as a 10-story building is high). The display also raises questions from troubling revelations discovered within that archive, about how history has been told and who has done the telling. McCormick’s Washburn guitar from the 1920s and which was played by artists including Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb will be included. The display will ask visitors to consider questions such as how history has been told and who has done the telling? A companion program July 9 will be part of the 2023 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in partnership with the museum and Smithsonian Folkways. The evening concert, featuring Dom Flemons, Phil Wiggins and Yasmin Williams, celebrates the display, a new six-LP vinyl box set from Smithsonian Folkways and the publication of McCormick’s manuscript, “Biography of a Phantom,” by Smithsonian Books.PRIDE MONTH   Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of America in Disney ParksPride month is marked in June to honor the legacy of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York. Visitors can find related LGBTQ+ content, stories and artifacts in the recently opened exhibits, “Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of America in Disney Parks” and “Entertainment Nation” as well as in the “We Belong Here” exhibit case related to the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

PROGRAMS & PERFORMANCES

The SJMO Presents: A Centennial Celebration of The Duke Ellington Orchestra Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560 Sat. Jun. 10, 7 p.m. 

They’ve been called everything from the Washingtonians to Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra to Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra but the Duke Ellington Orchestra under any name maintains an unparalleled place in the history of American music. This year marks the 100th anniversary of this legendary band, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the big band ensemble in residence at the National Museum of American History, will offer this tribute to celebrate their vast musical legacy. Performance selections include “Rainy Nights,” “Harlem Airshaft,” “Charpoy” and “The Biggest and Busiest Intersection.” 

To purchase tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/sjmo-duke-ellingtonMembers $20; Nonmembers $25

Flag Day Citizenship Ceremony

Wednesday, June 14

11 a.m.

Flag Hall, 2 West

As the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the national anthem, the museum will mark Flag Day by hosting a citizenship ceremony. This will be a special ceremony, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to mark the conveying of citizenship to 25 children. The ceremony is open to the public.

National History Day Exhibit Showcase

June 14, 2023; 10 a.m. – 5:30pm

Throughout the Museum 

As the museum marks Flag Day, open spaces on all three floors will be taken over by 50 table-top displays created by middle- and high-school students competing in the 2023 National History Day National Contest. The exhibits represent topics relevant to their state and local communities and reflect the 2023 theme of “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.”

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June 1 @ 8:00 am EDT
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June 30 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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