Theresa Secord (Penobscot, b. 1958), Ear of corn basket, 2003. Natural and dyed wicker-plaited black ash splints with wart-weave overlay, diameter 10 cm., length 42 cm. Photo by Ernest Amoroso. 26/1694
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the opening of our flagship museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This event culminated 15 years of dedicated work to accomplish the dream to create a national museum for and about the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere in the nation’s capital.
This year, we are not only celebrating this 5th anniversary, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Cultural Resources Center, our collections storage facility in Suitland, MD, the 15th anniversary of the opening of the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, and, on November 28, we mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the legislation that gave birth to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).
Five years ago nations assembled in Washington, D.C. to mark the opening of the Mall Museum. The NMAI community finally had its flagship building. This anniversary, we want to bring the NMAI community to your hometown and everyone is invited.
On November 28, we will be holding the first-ever National Potluck. This is a social fundraising event where all who support and believe in the Museum are invited to become a fundraising ambassador for the NMAI.
We have a goal to raise $50,000 because we not only want to celebrate the past, but look forward to the future. Proceeds from the National Potluck will go toward our exhibitions, public programs and other activities.
Participation is easy and fun. First, go to our National potluck website http://go.si.edu/NMAIpotluck and register to be a Host. When you register you will be able to create your own Personal Potluck web page that you can send to your family and friends. They will be able to make a donation to the Museum through your page.
Next, plan your potluck event. You can host a potluck in your home, raffle off a piece of your art or keep it virtual. See our Potluck Ideas page (click on “Resources”) for some other ideas for fundraising events.
Finally, join us on November 28, for our Foodways of the Americas program. We understand that not everyone can make it to D.C., so we will be webcasting portions of this public program, bringing the NMAI community to your home so that you can share our community with your potluck guests.
We couldn’t think of a better way to end our anniversary season by gathering together supporters of the National Museum of the American Indian from all over the country and the world. I hope you will be joining us.