Learn How We’re Expanding the Smithsonian’s Story on August 31

Free virtual event highlights projects that restore and amplify cultural heritage from historically marginalized communities

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Over the course of 175 years, the Smithsonian has grown to encompass 21 museums and nearly a dozen research centers—becoming a global organization working across history, culture, and science. To mark the close of this special anniversary year, we launched a new web exhibition that re-examines our history: Smithson to Smithsonian.

You're invited to join us on August 31st at 5 pm ET as we continue the conversation. We'll host a virtual panel discussion with Smithsonian staff who are working to expand our story through programs that help to restore and amplify cultural heritage from historically marginalized communities.


  • Dr. Felicia Bell, Senior Advisor, National Museum of American History
  • Heidy Berthoud, Head of Resource Description, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
  • Ashleigh D. Coren, Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator, National Portrait Gallery, Acting Head of Education, Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative
  • Dr. Paul Gardullo, Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Moderated by Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives.

Register now via Zoom . Find additiona details on our event page

This program is part of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives' commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Institution’s founding.