THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION is excited to play host to the highly anticipated Smithsonian Exploration of “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith” thru October 8th. This thought-provoking exhibit brings an immersive and enlightening experience that delves into the rich history and often challenging workings of American democracy.
As American history teaches, the brave colonists made the great leap from a government ruled by the silencing and greedy Crown to the notion that liberty could be theirs. Although the Patriots were deemed the apparent underdog, victory would be theirs, offering them all that freedom would give, but not for every citizen. The journey for American democracy that merely began with the Revolution continues today through debate, protest, compromise, and a display of genuine grit for American citizens. “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith” is an analysis of this: past, present, and future.
For this engaging exploration, visitors can expect an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the profound story of the democratic system of the United States. The cornerstone of examining the origins of American democracy includes the evolution of the right to vote, electoral systems, political parties, government institutions, legal framework, civil society, and the constitutional framework. Just as crucial to the logistics of the voting machine and a key element of the Democracy exhibit is the origin and significance of the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Through a diverse range of captivating images, objects, thought-provoking narratives, and engaging exhibits offering multimedia experiences and immersive design, visitors are provided with a transformative and engaging experience that fosters a deeper connection to the subject matter; these learning devices will make the visit more meaningful and impactful.
The Historic New Orleans Collection continues to exhibit “Yet She Is Advancing: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878-1970” as a companion exhibit to “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” offering an even deeper perspective on the local pursuit of democracy, not just for some, but all.
Join THNOC as they invite everyone to embark on this enlightening journey, gaining fresh insights and a deeper appreciation for the foundations and evolution of democracy in America.