Coming to Brookdale, Voices And Votes: Democracy In America, a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit


Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling exhibition, will arrive in New Jersey in April

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities announces that Voices and Votes: Democracy in Americaa traveling exhibit on civic engagement and participation in our democracy, will open at Rowan College of Burlington County (RCBC) in Mount Laurel on April 5, 2022. Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) initiative. A program of the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit Service (SITES), this pop-up exhibit will travel to six New Jersey locations between April 2022 and January 2023.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be on display at Rowan College in Burlington County from Tuesday, April 5, 2022 through Thursday, May 5, 2022. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It features historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; captivating multimedia interactives; and historical items like campaign memorabilia, voter memorabilia, and protest materials, which together tell the story of American democracy. Voices and votes is based on a major exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

The 2022-2023 New Jersey tour schedule for Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is:

• Rowan College in Burlington County at Mount Laurel, April 5-May 5
• Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, May 18 to June 20
• Atlantic Cape Community College at Mays Landing, July 11 to August 13
Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, August 20 to October 2
• Union County College in Cranford, from October 10 to November 18
• Middlesex College in Edison, from December 1 to January 6

“For the past twenty years, the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibits Service has provided access to our nation’s preeminent museum and its exhibits,” said NJCH Executive Director Carin Berkowitz, Ph.D. “We are proud to bring Voices and votes at six of our esteemed community colleges. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to examine the crucial question of their own role in our government.

“Rowan College of Burlington County is honored to launch this exhibit and be part of this important statewide conversation about our democracy,” said RCBC President Michael A. Cioce, Ed.D. . “Now is a time to remember where we come from and renew our individual commitment to being informed and engaged citizens.

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities will host an opening reception at RCBC on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.

Programming at each Voices and votes Expo location will vary, as host sites create learning opportunities with their specific communities in mind. In addition to the expo and other site-specific events, the NJCH will support statewide community conversations on topics related to the history of our democracy, voting, and civic discourse throughout of 2022.

Voices and votes will also be prominently featured throughout NJCH’s ongoing anniversary campaign “Celebrating 50 Years of Connections: Public Humanities in the Garden State.” The campaign, designed to spark celebration and reflection on the role public humanities have played in the state over the past five decades, will include special monthly events and opportunities.

To learn more about Voices and Votes: Democracy in America or the work of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, click here.

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