DACOR: Telling the Unvarnished Truth: A People's Journey, A Nation's History and Culture
Dr. Jacquelyn Days Serwer will talk about the origins and planning of the National Museum of African History and Culture. The earliest discussions about a commemoration of African American contributions began in 1915, when black veterans of the Civil War convened in DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of that war. She will also discuss the architects and the resulting design; the museum's quest for artifacts, and will provide a run-through of the various sections of the museum. Dr. Serwer became a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art in 1985. In 1999, she became the Chief Curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art where she stayed for six years. She has been a key figure in acquiring a collection for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including an original, used campaign office form the 2008 campaign to elect Barack Obama as President of the U.S. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.