Coming to Carroll County
9/13/21 -11/13/21

When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.

Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This Museum on Main Street adaptation will have many of the same 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.

Our democracy demands action, reaction, vision, and revision as we continue to question how to form “a more perfect union.” How do you participate as a citizen? 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.

Dinner Honoring Election Judges

October 14, 2021  6 pm

Majestic Pines Lounge and Event Center, 11503 Three Mile Road, Thomson, IL 61285

RSVP by October 7, 2021 to 815-275-1707 or 815-275-1958
This event includes dinner and a panel discussion by Val Gunnarsson Retired Circuit Judge, Kenneth Lang retired FBI agent, James Schoenhaar former Defense Intelligence Agency member and Peter Mills Retired Army Lt. Col. They will discuss local citizen involvement as the foundation of our constitutional republic.