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Groundbreaking of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture Feb 22, 2012

  • 1.  Groundbreaking of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture Feb 22, 2012

    Posted Feb 25, 2012 02:26 PM

    Please share widely !  --best , KW 

    Find out more about the Groundbreaking for the new building this past Feb 22nd in Washington DC  watch the YouTube and webcasts available about the new museum!

    Follow the new museum on social media  Twitter @NMAAHC and on Facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC

    A Vision for the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Lonnie Bunch, Director

    http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/Blog/MissionandVision

    "In many ways, there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history. Often America is celebrated as a place that forgets. This museum seeks to help all Americans remember, and by remembering, this institution will stimulate a dialogue about race and help to foster a spirit of reconciliation and healing."...

    Excerpts:

    ..."Ultimately, the National Museum of African American History and Culture should be a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope. It should be a beacon that reminds us of what we were; what challenges we still face; and point us towards what we can become."

     

    President Obama was on hand for the ground breaking at the site of the future Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Get a sneak peek of The National Museum of African American History and Culture which was approved by the Smithsonian Board of Regents in 2006, and the new building is scheduled to open to the public in 2015.

    From the White House via YouTube

    http://youtu.be/D5QBN8bsmOk

     

    Watch YouTube link above & learn from Director Lonnie Bunch about the future Smithsonian National Museum honoring African American History & Culture set to open in 2015 !

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    Website of the new & future museum is here:  http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/

    Related blog/news coverage this week about the new National Museum : 

    "President Obama Attends a Groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture"

    Michelle Obama and Laura Bush were among the VIPs who attended the event.
    By Sophie Gilbert

    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/artsfun/afterhours/22957.html

    Groundbreaking During Black History Month Written by Najwa 2/23/12

    http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/Blog/BHM-Groundbreaking

    "The month of February is designated as Black History Month. February 2012 will be a particularly momentous Black History Month as we celebrate the groundbreaking event for the nascent National Museum of African American History and Culture."

    New York Times articles: 

    "New Museums to Shine a Spotlight on Civil Rights Era"  by Kim Severson Feb 19, 2012

    A version of this article appeared in print on February 20, 2012, on page A8 of the New York edition with the headline: Shining New Spotlight On Civil Rights Era.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/us/african-american-museums-rising-to-recognize-civil-rights.html

    "Making Way for a Dream in the Nation’s Capital" by Patricia Cohen Feb 22, 2012

    A version of this article appeared in print on February 23, 2012, on page C3 of the New York edition with the headline: Making Way for a Dream in the Nation’s Capital.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/arts/design/groundbreaking-for-the-museum-of-african-american-history.html

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    Karen Weaver, MLS

    Electronic Resources Statistician , Collection Management

    Duquesne University, Gumberg Library

    Pittsburgh PA 15282   Email: weaverk@duq.edu / Gmail: (preferred) melvil4u@gmail.com

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