Far from sitting quietly on the sidelines, American girls have been on the frontlines of political, cultural, and social change. A new signature exhibit, Girlhood (It’s complicated), opening at the National Museum of American History on June 12, 2020 as part of the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative, explores the diverse and complex stories of girlhood in our nation’s history. The exhibit will tour the country through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from 2023 through 2025. [Clip] Through Transcription Center projects – ongoing and completed – we’re inviting volunteers of all ages to help us discover and share a diverse set of experiences and representations of girlhood throughout history, enriching the content and knowledge surrounding the Girlhood (It’s complicated) exhibit.
Join in by transcribing and exploring diaries, letters, and other materials from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Archives of American Art, and more, created by and for girls from the 19th century to the present day. Completed transcriptions will be used to create educational resources for teachers and students in grades 8-12, as they investigate and learn from the lives and contributions of girls in the United States.