Congressional Resolution Urges
White House Action
WASHINGTON, DC, September 13 -- A bi-partisan resolution urging the White House to establish a bi-partisan commission to study the establishment of the National Museum of the American People has been drafted and original sponsors are being sought. The Coalition is urging quick passage of the measure during the new Congress that convenes in January.
Coalition director Sam Eskenazi noted that there is precedent for such a commission. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington had its genesis in the Carter White House in 1978 when a Presidential commission was created. That museum subsequently had strong support from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and now Obama.
The Coalition proposes that non-federal sources provide full funding to design and build the Museum. The Museum would celebrate all who settled in this land from the very first peoples. The Museum would tell the dramatic stories of the peoples who made this nation the world’s economic, military, scientific and cultural leader.
“Members of every ethnic and minority group would visit the Museum to learn more of their story and to learn the story of all of the other groups and foreign visitors would come to learn about natives of their nations who became Americans,” Eskenazi said.