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November 18, 1985 – March 3, 2002
American History Museum
12th and Constitution Ave., NW
Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing
Through some 1,100 objects, this exhibition illuminates the communities and the lives of several well-documented families in the 1780s and 1790s -- the first generation of people to live in the newly created United States of America. The exhibition begins with a multimedia program that introduces the diversity of American life in the late 18th century and how 3 major cultural groups adapted to new ways of life -- Native Americans; Europeans; and Africans, both slave and free.
The following 3 cultural groups are used to explore the struggle of maintaining old traditions while adapting to new ways of life: