Voices and Votes – Local Exhibit OPEN in Almshouse

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street travelling exhibit has packed up and moved on to the next state, but our local exhibit is open in HSBC’s historic almshouse in Cockeysville! We are excited to share the images and artifacts that tell the stories of the people’s ongoing effort to vote and have their voice heard in the Baltimore County region. Featuring a short film made by students of Pikesville High School.

Exhibit Hours

Fridays & Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. Other days and groups by appointment. 

The Smithsonian’s travelling exhibit was on display at CCBC-Dundalk from Dec 8 – Feb 3.

   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 is 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. 

Want to support this exhibit?  Learn More.

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.