Happy Thanksgiving From the NMAAHC


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon all that we have to be thankful for — our family and friends, the food on our table, the roof over our heads.

This year I have something to add to that list: my heartfelt gratitude for the visionary leaders like you who are making the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African America History and Culture a reality. Through your generosity and commitment as a supporter of the Museum, you’re part of a historic once-in-a-lifetime endeavor to bring this important cultural addition to the American landscape.

With your help, our wonderful new Museum is now rising for all to see on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and we’ve acquired more than 29,900 artifacts for the Museum’s collection. It’s such a thrill to watch the Museum building take shape — check out our online Building Construction Cam to see the Museum construction live!

And when the Museum opens its doors in 2016, you will be able to take personal pride in your role in bringing the African American experience to life — telling the rich story of African American history and culture, and celebrating the lives and achievements of the oft-forgotten heroes who have done so much to shape our nation.

Thank you again for your support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. And on behalf of all of us here at the Museum, I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best,
Lonnie G. Bunch
Founding Director