The Smithsonian is coming to Miami.
The Smithsonian Institition, the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo, is sending a traveling exhibit to Miami as part of its Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.
The exhibit, called “Journey Stories,” tells the tales of people's journeys across America.
It will be on display from Nov. 21 through Dec. 30, 2009, with the main location at the Miami Public Library.
“Museum on Main Street brings the Smithsonian Institution to small communities, those with populations less than 25,000,” said Marcia Johnson, director of the library.
She, along with Amanda Davis, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, are the main proponents of the exhibit's visit to Miami.
It is financed by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. The Miami Arts and Humanities Council financed the application fee.
Johnson doesn't anticipate additional expenses.
“The Oklahoma Humanities Council looked at 17 sites in the state to host the Journey Stories exhibit,” she said. “We were one of six sites chosen.”
The other sites include Okmulgee, where the tour will start in June; Newkirk, Sand Springs, Durant and Chandler.
The exhibit will include panel displays and audio components.
Activities will be planned throughout the six weeks the exhibit is on display.
“I kind of see this like the Chatauqua the Miami Arts and Humanities Council hosted a few years ago,” Johnson said. “Everyone in town needs to help to make it successful.”
Currently involved, in addition to the library and the Convention and Visitors' Bureau, are the Coleman Theatre, the Dobson Museum, the News-Record, Chapters and First National Bank.
Anyone interested in assisting with the exhibit should contact Johnson at 541-2292.