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Season’s Greetings … NMAAHC


National Museum of African American History of Culture
Season's Greetings
National Museum of African American History of Culture
As you reunite and celebrate with your loved ones this holiday season, I want to thank you for all that you have done to help build the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
With your support, 2013 has been a great year for the Museum. The future museum site is a frenzy of activity as we continue to raise the walls and support columns. To date, we’ve collected over 23,000 artifacts including two large pieces — a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a guard tower from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — that will be a part of our inaugural exhibition on segregation.  All of this progress is thanks to friends like you.
I wish you and your loved ones peace and joy this holiday season and into the New Year.

Lonnie G. Bunch Sincerely, Signature Lonnie G. Bunch Director

Make history with us


Help us finish building the Museum

Help us finish building the Museum
Please accept my sincere thank you for all you’ve done to support this year’s progress towards the grand opening of our Museum.
This year we saw many exciting developments including the installation of two signature objects in the Museum at our Constitution Avenue construction site: a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a 1930s guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
These objects are examples of the history inside our doors that will be as grand, exciting, and powerful as the building itself. And today, I’m writing to ask you to consider making a special, year-end tax-deductible gift to the Museum.
We’ve come so far:

We now have nearly 23,000 artifacts in our collection!
Over 58,500 individuals have signed up as Charter Members.
The foundation of the Museum has been poured and the structure is beginning to take shape.

All of this growth is proof of the commitment to making sure the Museum opens its doors in just a few short years. We still have a long way to go, and meeting our financial goal is one of our greatest objectives. That is why I encourage you to support us today.
Together we are building a museum where exhibitions and public programs will inspire and educate generations to come. Visitors from the U.S. and around the world will be exposed to the art, the music, the achievements, and the great contributions African Americans have made from the very beginnings of our nation. That is such an important part of our mission — showing how the African American experience is not separate from America‘s history, it is America’s history!
Please make history with us and donate today to make sure this important Museum takes its place in the world-renowned Smithsonian family of museums.
Thank you for your support.

Lonnie G. Bunch Sincerely, Signature Lonnie G. Bunch Director

Lonnie Bunch on 60 Minutes | Sunday, Dec. 1st


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lonnie Bunch Lonnie Bunch Director

Hello Charter Members and Friends of the NMAAHC,

We hope that you all have the opportunity to enjoy some special time with family and friends over the next few days!

Also, we would like to inform you, our valued Charter Members and supporters, that Lonnie Bunch, museum director, will appear on CBS News’ 60 Minutes this Sunday, December 1st at 7:00PM ET. Lonnie was interviewed by Scott Pelley for a feature on the 150th anniversary of the Capitol Dome and its upcoming restoration. His interview helps tell the story of African Americans’ contributions to the building of our nation’s capital, the dome, and Philip Reid, the enslaved man who helped raise the Statue of Freedom at the top.

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

Edison R. Wato, Jr. Membership Program Manager Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lonnie G. Bunch at The NMAAHC


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

Thank you for signing the pledge on Care2 to support the preservation of African American history and culture through the National Museum of African American History and Culture. As the founding director, I want to be the first to welcome you to our online community.

When the Museum opens its doors in 2015, it will be far more than a collection of objects. It will be a place to remind us of where we’ve been, the challenges we still face and point us toward what we can become — a museum for all Americans!

In 2005, we began the journey to create the 19th museum of the Smithsonian family. And in February 2012, we broke ground, which was a major milestone in our development.

Take a moment to watch this short video about the kind of place the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be thanks to the support of friends like you.

As we approach our grand opening in 2015, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress and provide ways for you to get involved in bringing the National Museum of African American History and Culture to the nation and the world.

Thank you for joining  us in this truly historic endeavor!

All the best,

Lonnie Bunch signature

Lonnie G. Bunch
Founding Director

Planned Parenthood ~~ the Other Washington


Planned Parenthood
As a supporter of Planned Parenthood and generally awesome person, we thought you might be interested in these very awesome upcoming events.
We hope that you’ll check out one (or, y’know, ALL) of the events below. While these events aren’t produced by Planned Parenthood, they speak to the work we do and offer new perspectives on the past, present, and future of our movement. Follow the links below for details!
 September 26, 2013 – 7:30PM – Town Hall Seattle
Peter Bagge with Cienna Madrid Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story You might know the story of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger-but chances are you’ve never heard (or seen!) anyone tell it like Peter Bagge. The Harvey Award-winning author launches Woman Rebel, his graphic-novel biography of Sanger, in a slideshow focusing on her activism and how the book came together. Then, in conversation with Cienna Madrid of The Stranger, Bagge expands on the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist, making Sanger whole and human and showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did. Tickets are on sale now! Woman Rebel Cover
 October 10, 2013 – 7:00PM – Town Hall Seattle
Women’s Funding Alliance presents Modern Girlhood Redefined Girls today are constantly faced with newly complex challenges, pressures and opportunities. This quickly evolving, modern era leaves little room for existing feminine archetypes to hold much appeal. Join speakers Robin Held, Executive Director, Reel Grrls; Erin Jones, Director of Equity and Achievement, Federal Way School District; Nan Stoops, Executive Director, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Jessica Willis, Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies, Eastern Washington University, as they chart important trends for girls in Washington State. The event will feature a series of independent talks, each addressing a timely topic related to healthy girlhood and how investing in girls is key to changing the future for us all. Tickets are on sale now!  WFA Event Image
 October 18-24 – Various Showtimes – SIFF Film Center
Seattle International Film Festival presents After Tiller After Tiller intimately explores the controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. This film helps illustrate the heart-wrenching decisions that define abortion late in pregnancy for families facing tragic circumstances. The providers featured in the film do not work for Planned Parenthood, nor does Planned Parenthood endorse the views expressed in the film. Planned Parenthood does not provide third-trimester abortions. But, Planned Parenthood does beleive taht abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision, and that decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her health care provider. Tickets will go on sale in October – watch the SIFF website for details. After Tiller Poster_Cropped

See you there!

Planned Parenthood