Union College to Host Smithsonian Museum Exhibition

Cranford, NJ – Union College of Union County, New Jersey is hosting the exhibition Museums on Main Street: Voices and Votes, Democracy in America. The exhibition will be open to the public at Union’s Cranford Campus from October 10 through November 19. The exhibit examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by, and for the people” and how each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”

Joseph Margiotta, Academic Specialist in History at Union College, is the project director for the exhibit. Mr. Margiotta will also contribute pieces from his personal collection to the exhibit. His goal is to provide evidence that there was democracy in Pre-Columbian Native Amerindian society during the sixteenth century.  

Several historical moments will be celebrated while the exhibit is at Union, which will be incorporated into the events that Mr. Margiotta will be hosting. Some of these events include Hispanic Heritage Month, Indigenous Peoples Day, Halloween, Election Day, and more.

“Union College is proud to be one of only six colleges chosen to host Voices and Votes and to provide more insight to our students and members of the community about democracy in America,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “We look forward to welcoming exhibit attendees to our campus to see remarkable pieces of history, dating back several hundred years.”

Voices and Votes has been made possible at Union College by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

For more information on Museums on Main Street, go to ucc.edu/VoicesAndVotes or contact Mr. Margiotta at Margiotta@ucc.edu