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Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at the Matheson Museum
July 20 - September 7
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” is on view at the Matheson History Museum July 20-September 7, 2024. When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.
Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This Museum on Main Street adaptation will have many of the same dynamic features: historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; engaging multimedia interactives with short games and additional footage, photos, and information; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.
The Matheson is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and parking is available onsite. Exhibit spaces are fully accessible. Please call 352-378-2280 to schedule research in the Matheson Library and Archives or a tour of the Historic Matheson House. Visit for complete information.
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Humanities. Support for the local exhibition and programming was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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