Event Exhibits and Tours Join In: Voluntary Associations in America

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This major exhibition examines the longstanding impulse of Americans to join together for common purposes such as fellowship, charity, professional growth, emergency services, societal reform and community building. “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America,” opens a conversation about these organizations and their importance in society.

This history of voluntary associations reveals the aspirations of Americans as “a nation of joiners,” while also acknowledging these groups have sometimes reflected society’s exclusions, discriminations and divisions. The exhibition includes 114 artifacts, representing 45 different organizations, ranging from associations created by early American colonists to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, NAACP, Girl Scouts, and many others that continue today.