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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
April 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until August 31, 2021
Revolutionary Americans took a great leap of faith by establishing a new government based on the sovereignty of the people. Power would not be in the hands of a monarchy or a dictator … but instead, entrusted to its citizens. Every generation since has faced questions ignited by that revolution while on a quest to form a “more perfect union.”
The History Center will examine the bold experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” in its new exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, which opens on Saturday, March 13 at the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh.
Developed in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this timely exhibit provides much-needed historical context following a year that included heated elections, civil unrest, and challenges to our democracy.
With rare artifacts, engaging interactives, and immersive exhibit design, the American Democracy exhibit showcases the history of how we’ve voted, protested, and engaged with our politics, from the nation’s formation to today.
The History Center’s exhibit reveals how Pittsburghers and events in Western Pennsylvania history have helped shape our democracy, including the Whiskey Rebellion, African American and women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and more.