The Smithsonian is coming to Belleville

Republic County Historical Society & Museum to host “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America”

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Belleville – Republic County Historical Society and Museum in Belleville, KS is hosting “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “Voices and Votes” will be in Belleville from November 27, 2023 to January 7, 2024 at 615 28th Street (Highway 36), Belleville, KS. The “Voices and Votes” Kansas tour is sponsored by Humanities Kansas in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program.

“Voices and Votes” explores the history of American democracy through photographs, hands-on multimedia interactives, and historical objects from the Smithsonian’s collection. Republic County Historical Society and Museum will explore the “Voices and Votes” theme from the local perspective with a companion exhibition and public programs that complement the Smithsonian exhibition.

We will be honoring A. Q. Miller, long-time Belleville Telescope editor, for his efforts in working with the State and National government for the establishment of a highway system in Kansas. He was greatly involved in the creation of the Pan-American Highway (US 81 Highway) and what is now US 36 Highway, making Belleville the “Crossroads of America.”

“Voices and Votes” tours six Kansas communities in 2023-2024. Other Smithsonian hosts include Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City; Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Wichita; Nicodemus National Historic Site; Franklin County Historical Society, Ottawa; and the Winfield Public Library.

“Through a unique collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, Humanities Kansas is able to bring the resources of the nation’s premier cultural institution to museums, historical societies, cultural venues, and public libraries in Kansas,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of Humanities Kansas. “Humanities Kansas is excited to work with six strong Kansas organizations and work together to explore what it means to have an active citizenry.”

“Voices and Votes” is based on an exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.” Humanities Kansas sponsors the Kansas tour of “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” in partnership with Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street, a one-of-a-kind cultural outreach program that serves communities across America. To learn more about the “Voices and Votes” statewide tour visit

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