Voices and Votes

   What does Democracy mean to you?

“Remember the 4th” holiday banner, 1860s
Courtesy of National Museum of American History

  When American revolutionaries waged a war of independence they took a great leap of faith and established a new government that entrusted the power of the nation to its citizens.  That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: Who gets to participate? How will citizens get involved? What are our rights and responsibilities? Whose voices will be heard? (Smithsonian Institution)

  This year we are partnering again with the Smithsonian Institution and Maryland Humanities on our next exciting venture. The Voices and Votes: Democracy in America exhibition begins in December and runs through the end of January 2022 in locations all around Baltimore County. We are working with exceptional partners such as the Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore County Public School, Community College of Baltimore County, and others, providing interesting and meaningful programs to our community and reaching new audiences of students and their families.

“Naturalization Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello,” July 4, 2013 ©Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

   Voices and Votes will offer many 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. (Smithsonian Institution)

  A highlight of this exhibition will be our own exhibit in the McGrain Room in the Cockeysville Almshouse highlighting Baltimore County’s stories of struggles, successes, and collaboration toward achieving the promise of democracy for all County citizens. We will be providing complete information on the Voices and Votes exhibition soon.

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Do you remember the first time you voted?

Tell us about your first voting experience. We will post all responses on our webpage and at the Voices and Votes exhibit.