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Smithsonian’s “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum in October

News posted Aug. 18, 2016 - 4:51 pm

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Free to the public installation highlights contributions to American culture by Indian Americans Raleigh is the inaugural traveling exhibition’s first stop in the Southeast

The City of Raleigh Museum announced today a first-of-its-kind exhibition from the Smithsonian will be on display at the downtown museum beginning Friday, Oct. 29. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States from the 1700s to the present. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit will run through April 2, 2017 and was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

From the builders of some of America's earliest railroads and farms to civil rights pioneers and digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have been an inextricable part of American life. “Beyond Bollywood” features Indian Americans’ migration experiences, working lives, political struggles, and cultural and religious contributions. The exhibition moves past pop culture stereotypes to explore the heritage and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants. Through a collection of photographs, artifacts, art, and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America.

Exhibit Details:

“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation”

  • Museum Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am - 4 pm/Sundays 1-4 pm
  • Admission is free; donations accepted
  • Group tours available with advance notice
  • More information at www.cityofraleighmuseum.org or call 919-996-2220

“This exhibit is a great opportunity to tell the story of our rapidly growing Indian community through exploring Indian Americans’ impact on American history,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “The City of Raleigh Museum will also feature a local community component and partner with area groups to tie in a series of educational programs and special events to highlight the vibrant Indian community across Wake County.”

“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Where

  • The City of Raleigh Museum
  • (located in the famous Briggs Hardware Building built in 1874)
  • 220 Fayetteville St., Suite 100
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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