The Smithsonian will be @ WPL from October 7 – November 19th.

Voices and Votes Signage

At Voices and Votes, you’ll learn how everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story – the story of democracy in America.

Based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, this exhibit and related experiences traces the bold American experiment of government run by and for the people.

  • Stop by the library and explore the exhibit – open all library hours
  • Schedule a guided club, group or classroom tour
  • Attend any or all of our special events to learn and be inspired

Companion Exhibit:

The Winfield Chautauqua: “The Most American Thing in America”

From 1887 – 1924, Winfield’s Island Park was known as a regional destination for an annual summer Chautauqua. Modeled after the original Chautauqua founded in 1874 in New York, up to 10,000 attendees camped on the grounds of Island Park and attended lectures, skills classes, recreation, and social gatherings.

The Chautauqua provided a platform for social issues of the day to be revealed and discussed, for voices to be heard and democracy to flourish.

5 images of Winfield Chautauqua buildings

Special Events:

An Evening with the Smithsonian:
games, music & programs for all ages

Sunday, Oct 15 4:00pm – 7:00pm

It’s Intense: Voices on Good Tension

Sunday, Nov 12 | 6:30pm at Baden Square

TED Talk Lunch Series

Oct 12 & Nov 9 at noon

Conversation & Collaboration in a Charged Environment with Joy Murphy, Eisenhower Presidential Library
Thursday, Oct 19 at noon

Get out the Vote – Historically Speaking
Julie Clover, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Friday, Nov 3 at noon

Victory Kids
For 1st – 6th grades
Mondays 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Oct 16 – Nov 13

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America has been made possible in Kansas by Humanities Kansas.
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. It is based on an exhibition by the National Museum of American History. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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