Events: The ADA Turns 20, Saving the Chesapeake, Caribbean Music and More!

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Monday, July 26: The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 20: Objects Out of Storage

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law. To celebrate the occasion, curator Katherine Ott will show and discuss objects in the museum's collections that tell the story behind ADA. Free. American History Museum, 1:00-2:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 27: The Fight for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Maintaining the ecological health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed is an ongoing battle. Tonight, professor at the US Naval Academy Howard Ernst is joined by senior advisor to the EPA Chuck Fox on what has been done—and what still needs to be done—to save the bay. A book signing follows the discussion. Free. Anacostia Museum, 7:00 PM.

Warren Perry, National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, July 28: Portraits Alive!

It's back! By grace of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty's 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program, a troupe of teens scattered throughout the Portrait Gallery bring the art on the walls to life though short, biographical sketches. Not able to make it out today? Worry not. Portraits Alive repeats throughout the month of July. Check goSmithsonian.com for a full listing of dates. Free. Portrait Gallery, 2:15 PM

Thursday, July 29: Goombay: The Caribbean Experience

Today’s program is perfect for persons ages 5-12 and will teach them about the Bahamian musical tradition of Goombay. With David Boothman on keyboard and steel drums, Diann Marshall singing and dancing and Elizabeth Melvin on marimba and percussion, you’ll take a musical journey through the Caribbean Islands. Not able to make it out today? No worries, this event repeats on July 22, 27, & 29. Free, but registration is required. To register, call 202-633-4646. African Art Museum, 11:00 AM.

Friday, July 30: HOT (Human Origins Today) Topics: Dialogue on the Relationship Between Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Human Origins

The subject of the origins of human existence will always be a hot topic. Today you have the opportunity to hear an informal discussion on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives regarding human evolution. Free. Natural History Museum, 3:00-4:00 PM.

For updates on all exhibitions and events, visit our companion site goSmithonian.com

About Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes is an editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine. Before he became an editorial assistant, Jesse worked at the Library of Congress Publishing Office, where he was a contributor to the Library of Congress World War II Companion.

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