Anacostia Museum

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The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian Institution museum in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Anacostia. As its name implies its focus is the national history and culture of African Americans, for presentation to scholars and to all visitors—domestic and international.

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History

The Museum was established originally as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in the old Carver movie theater on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in 1967.

Vision

The Anacostia Museum and Center gives special priority to the collection, protection, and preservation of materials that reflect the history and traditions of families, organizations, individuals, and communities.

Focus

The Museum and Center renovated its facility recently to focus on the collection, storage and study of artifacts. There is now an on-line academy (http://anacostia.si.edu/Online_Academy/Academy/index.htm) that facilitates the organization's commitment to identify, study, preserve, and collect African-American historical materials.

The Academy

The Academy consists of people offering their expertise and sharing their insights on different subjects within the field of material culture. Collectors, preservers, scholars, and educators (http://anacostia.si.edu/Online_Academy/Academynf/scholars/scholarsframe.html) conduct virtual lectures, workshops, and demonstrations for the Museum's on-line visitors' enjoyment and education. The information presented within the Academy is designed to be used with the database of artifacts (http://anacostia.si.edu/Online_Academy/Academynf/academy.htm) in the museum's permanent collection to foster thought (http://anacostia.si.edu/Online_Academy/Academynf/classroom/classroomframe.html) about what role material culture plays in the African American historical and cultural experience.

External link

Anacostia Museum (http://anacostia.si.edu/)


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