New Museum Will Tell the Full Story of the American People
The Museum will tell the story of ALL of the American People from prehistoric times to the present.
Peoples from every land created and built the United States of America and it became the world’s economic, military, scientific and cultural leader. They forged a new kind of multicultural pluralistic nation ... and became a new kind of people.
The full story of the making of the American People starts with the first migrations to this land thousands of years ago and extends through waves of migration and immigration to the present. Yet nowhere is there a museum devoted to telling this full story.
The Museum’s mission would be to advance and disseminate knowledge about the story of the making of the American People and to challenge visitors to reflect upon moral questions that are raised by that story as well as to take pride in it.
The Museum would tell:
- Who these people were
- Where they came from
- Why they left their homeland
- How they got here
- When they arrived
- Where they first settled
- Who was already here
- What they encountered
- Where they moved after they arrived
- How they became Americans
- What they contributed
- How they transformed our nation
The story could be told in four chapters:
Chapter I — The First Peoples Come: Prehistoric period – 1607; Indian migration and settlement, early European explorers, and first European settlement.
Chapter II — The Nation Takes Form: 1607 – 1820; the near extinction of Indians, Hispanic settlement in the Southwest, English and other Western European settlement, the African slave trade, the establishment of the nation, and its expansion westward taking in new peoples.
Chapter III — The Great In–Gathering: 1820 – 1924; a century of immigration. The ancestors of most Americans came during this period.
Chapter IV — And Still They Come: 1924 – present; the ongoing story of American immigration.