Connecting past to present
HUNTINGTON — Heritage Farm Museum & Village will participate in the annual National Youth Summit set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, to mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of House of Representatives’ resolution in support of the 19th Amendment for woman suffrage in partnership with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Affiliate museums. This year’s webcast, “Woman Suffrage: The Ballot and Beyond,” is being streamed online to allow middle and high school students across the county to examine the woman suffrage movement and its effects on activism today. Heritage Farm Museum & Village is one of 11 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations hosting regional youth summits with local scholars and youth.
Suffrage was a long-lasting effort that has influenced American perspectives on democracy and civic life today.
“The Farm is proud to have been chosen by the Smithsonian as a location for its 2019 National Youth Summit. It is a testament to the Farm’s talented staff that work so hard every day to bring the past to life in ways that inspire an emboldened future.” said Heritage Farm Executive Director, Audy Perry.
Since the program was launched in 2011, the National Youth Summit has engaged over 60,000 live viewers and many more through viewings of past archived programs. This year, students participating in the National Youth Summit webcast will conversewith a panel of scholars and experts who will discuss changes in activism over time and its effects upon democracy.
The regional summit hosted at Heritage Farm Museum and Village will engage local high school students in the time period of the Woman’s Suffrage movement and enable young people from across the country to participate in the
conversation via the webcast’s online chat.
The National Youth Summit was designed by the National Museum of American History to provide students with an opportunity to share their views and debate issues as part of a program that aligns with the National History Standards and Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening.
More than 4,000 students are signed up to watch from their classrooms across the country and contribute to the conversation with the live online chat feature. Teachers may register a classroom for the webcast or access free, supplementary education materials for all ages at http://americanhistory. si.edu/nys.
Home to more than 25,000 square feet of award-winning museums, Artisans, multiple attractions, and themed Way Back Weekends, Heritage Farm continues to delight guests from around the globe as it has for over 20 years. By experiencing early pioneer life through our exhibits, interactive folk crafts, watching artisans at work using traditional methods, and a variety of year-round events celebrating Appalachia’s cultural heritage, we hope to instill an appreciation of the past in our visitors to create an emboldened, vibrant future. Heritage Farm Museum & Village is located at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources.
The long-term goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to facilitate a two-way relationship among Affiliate organizations and the Smithsonian Institution to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and Affiliate activity is available at www.affiliations. si.edu.