Friday, September 30, 2022

Coalition envisions new National Museum of the American People

WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of 130 ethnic and minority groups announced at a Capitol Hill press conference the launch of the effort to establish the National Museum of the American People.
The coalition emphasized that no federal tax dollars will be sought to build this new national museum in Washington. Its first step is to seek a bipartisan Presidential Commission to study the establishment of the museum and a bipartisan Congressional resolution in support of the commission. 

“The stories about the migration and immigration of our ancestors as well as those coming today are dramatic and will be compelling in this museum,” said Sam Eskenazi, director of the Coalition for the National Museum of the American People. “This will be America’s only national institution devoted exclusively to telling the full story of the making of the American people.” 
Said Eskenazi, “The museum’s full story could be told in four chapters: (1) The First Peoples Come, from the prehistoric period to 1607 with the English settlement in Jamestown; (2) The Nation Takes Form, from 1607 to 1820: the story of American Indians, English and other European settlement, the African slave trade, Hispanic settlement, the establishment of the nation and the beginning of its expansion; (3) The Great In-Gathering, from 1820 to 1924: the story of this country’s century of immigration, when the ancestors of most Americans arrived; (4) And Still They Come, from 1924 to the present: the ongoing story of American immigration and migration.”
The coalition declares that 50 notable scholars from around the nation and the world are formally supporting establishment of the museum. Eskenazi indicated that the vision of the museum includes a national genealogical center, a scholars’ center, archival collections, and a film center. The creation of the coalition began in early 2009. 

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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