New Planned Smithsonian Museums: The Identity Debates Continue

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The New York Times recently ran a story (here) about two new proposed Smithsonian Museums: a National Museum of the American Latino and a national women’s history museum. Funding approval for both museums came as part of the year-end COVID relief bill, but it is likely to be at least 10 years before either opens its doors.

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) opposed the creation of both museums as “a matter of national unity and cultural inclusion,” suggesting that the histories highlighted by both intended museums should instead be integrated into existing Smithsonian museums.

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