Preservation Long Island is excited to be the first venue in the state of New York to host the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street exhibition, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America!
Where: Preservation Long Island Exhibition Gallery (161 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor)
When: March 23 to May 3, 2024
Exhibition Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America takes a broad look at the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people.” From the revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story—the story of democracy in America. The exhibition explores the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Objects from the collections of Preservation Long Island and the East Hampton Library, including two original works by Jupiter Hammon—America’s first published African American poet—will connect these larger historical themes to local stories, people, and events.