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December 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm Quote #40351

ron
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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sandra-day-oconnor-anna-maria-chavez-and-eddie-van-halen-launch-smithsonianzocalo-initiative-300002177.html

Sandra Day O’Connor, Anna Maria Chavez and Eddie Van Halen Launch Smithsonian/Zocalo Initiative

National Museum of American History and Zocalo Public Square Announce Partnership on “What It Means to Be American”

WASHINGTON and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Los Angeles-based Ideas Exchange Zocalo Public Square are partnering to launch “What It Means to Be American,” a collaborative three-year initiative aimed at engaging leading thinkers, public figures and Americans from all walks of life to explore how the United States became the nation it is today. The kick-off event Jan. 14 will feature former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, at the Heard Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Phoenix. Music icon Eddie Van Halen will headline the next event at the National Museum of American History in February.

The initiative will foster a national conversation through a series of free public events across the U.S. The first event, “The Women of the West,” features native Arizonans–O’Connor and Chavez–discussing what it means to be a Western woman and what particular opportunities the region has offered women. A Q&A session will follow the moderated discussion, allowing audience members to further engage with one another and the speakers to continue the conversation.

Central to this project is a new website whatitmeanstobeamerican.org, featuring original articles by a mix of Smithsonian curators, scholars and Americans from different backgrounds, perspectives and places. The website will also feature an interactive component, asking questions such as, “Where would you take George Washington to help him understand America today?” Readers will be prompted to submit written responses and upload photos. The site will also host event-related content, publishing photographs as well as video and audio recordings of each program, and will engage audiences through social media channels.

“Building a better future can only be accomplished by reflecting on our shared history,” said John Gray, the director of the National Museum of American History. “This innovative program invites Americans to participate in making and understanding their history through active dialogue by exploring the ideas and ideals that have shaped our country.”

“At a time when so many Americans are concerned about social divisions and fragmentation, this is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the many things we share and have in common as Americans,” said Gregory Rodriguez, Zocalo publisher and founder.

Support for the initiative is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Arizona State University with additional assistance from the Inouye Hawaii Community Foundation, which is helping to bring the series to Hawaii beginning from August 2015 through 2018. “What It Means to Be American,” is also in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Institution-wide project, “Our American Journey,” which connects a number of museums and research centers to explore the dynamic cultural interactions that have shaped the nation and is supported in part by the Consortium for Understanding the American Experience.

The “What It Means to Be American” initiative will inform the museum’s upcoming exhibition projects centered on exploring the themes of democracy, immigration and migration and the nation we build together. Additional events will take place in the museum’s Liberty Square, an interactive events space, scheduled to open with the exhibitions in 2016.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

Zocalo Public Square, a proud affiliate of Arizona State University, is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. Zocalo partners with educational, cultural and philanthropic institutions, as well as public agencies, to present free events and conferences in cities across the U.S. and beyond and to publish original daily journalism that is syndicated to more than 160 media outlets.

SOURCE Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History


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December 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm Quote #40353

PT5150
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So what is Ed actually doing at the event ??


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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December 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm Quote #40354

sickman
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PT5150: So what is Ed actually doing at the event ??

Playing piano in the lobby!


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December 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm Quote #40355

VAiN
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I think he’s going to tell a heartwarming story about coming to America and getting a paper route… and how his brother played his drums while he was delivering papers.


Resident dickhead. I will hurt your delicate feelings.


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December 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm Quote #40356

Cut2TheCrash
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He could retell that story a million times I wouldn’t care ….. the fact he is still alive and doing something is what is important to me


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December 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm Quote #40357

Gilligan
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VAiN: I think he’s going to tell a heartwarming story about coming to America and getting a paper route… and how his brother played his drums while he was delivering papers.

Hey, that’s cool. Did not know that! 8)


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December 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm Quote #40361

guitard
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I plan on going to this. Hopefully I can also film it.


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December 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm Quote #40362

voodoo
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Where and when is it going to take place?? I’d like to try to check it out.


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December 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm Quote #40363

guitard
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voodoo: Where and when is it going to take place?? I’d like to try to check it out.


They don’t say exactly. The article talks about the National Museum of American History in Wash DC and even gives its address. I’m thinking that’s where Ed will be appearing.


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December 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm Quote #40364

voodoo
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I thought they said it was in Arizona?


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December 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm Quote #40365

mcs5150
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voodoo: National Museum of American History

“Music icon Eddie Van Halen will headline the next event at the National Museum of American History in February.”

The National Museum of American History is is DC.


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December 2, 2014 at 12:15 am Quote #40366

voodoo
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mcs5150: “Music icon Eddie Van Halen will headline the next event at the National Museum of American History in February.”

The National Museum of American History is is DC.

Cool. Much closer than AZ. ;)


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December 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm Quote #40499

ron
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What Does This Mean?
By MILT POLICZER

What does it mean to be an American?

I thought it meant that you lived here, but apparently there’s more to it than that. In fact, at this point, I’m not even sure I’m officially American any more. I’m way too boring.

This conclusion came to me after spotting an intriguing press release headline last week: “Sandra Day O’Connor, Anna Maria Chavez and Eddie Van Halen Launch Smithsonian/Zocalo Initiative.”

Now there’s something I never thought I’d see – a former Supreme Court justice replacing David Lee Roth on vocals. How cool is that?

Imagine my disappointment to find out that O’Connor and Van Halen are going to be at separate events. Those Smithsonian/Zocalo people are no fun.


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January 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm Quote #41378

Cut2TheCrash
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For anyone going here is where to get your ticket 1 per email addy https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eab3wfocdb680558&oseq=&c=&ch=

This is what came in the confirmation email with my ticket
Is Rock ‘n’ Roll All About Reinvention?

Rock icon Van Halen discusses his American journey, and how he’s reinvented himself, his band, and the way the guitar is played.

Thursday February 12, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

National Museum of American History
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Thank you again for registering for our event. This email is confirmation of your successful registration.

Registration opens at 5:30 pm. Tickets are distributed to reservation holders on a first-come, first-served basis, and only to the person(s) present at registration.

We will release unclaimed reservations at 6:15 pm.

We appreciate your support.

Enjoy the event!
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View and print my ticket(s)

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January 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm Quote #41381

guitard
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The key to all this is this line:

Tickets are distributed to reservation holders on a first-come, first-served basis, and only to the person(s) present at registration.

In other words, you better get there before 5:30pm and hope there isn’t already a long line!


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