Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Karen Adjei

Karen Adjei is a graduate from Northwestern University, where she majored in History and minored in Asian American Studies. She previously interned with the Smithsonian, D.C. Public Library, and the Germantown Historical Society. Karen hopes to further develop her interests in restorative justice and information accessibility. Through the Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program, Karen carried out a Fellowship research project at the <a href="https://americanhistory.si.edu/archives" target="_blank">Archives Center</a> at the National Museum of American History where she focused on access to Asian American activism in the archives through the lens of Japanese American incarceration, the redress movement, and women’s experiences.

Because of Grayce Uyehara’s Story: Accessing Asian American Activism in the Archives

The Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story – marks an exciting moment for the Smithsonian Institution to intentionally engage with women’s history. Launched in 2018, the initiative is one of the largest efforts to “research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling story of women” through various educational programming across the museum campus. The initiative encompasses a digital focus to “amplify a diversity of women’s voices” across many of the Smithsonian Institution’s programs and sites, including at the National Museum of American History (NMAH).