Museum of History lists collection of objects from the assault on the Capitol
The National Museum of American History documents the history of the greatest assault on the Capitol American “since the War of 1812, when British troops attacked the city,” according to museum records.
The museum preserves a collection of political history dating from the 18th century, which continues to this day. On a permanent basis, the museum collects objects from relevant events, such as presidential campaigns, elections, presidential seizures and marches to put them in context and preserve the history of the country.
The assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 is one of the events that the museum is documenting for history, and has collected hundreds of allusive objects to be classified and characterized.
“My team has done an extraordinary job of taking these materials to the museum to process, document and then digitize the photographs,” he said in an interview with the Voice of america Anthea Hartig, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Hartig explained that they work in conjunction with the Department of Justice and the FBI to receive other items that are still in custody and are part of the judicial investigation being carried out by the authorities.
“They are a variety of objects that we hope can tell broader stories, that then people can also interpret through their own lenses about what happened that day, and understand and feel with certainty the fragility of democracy,” Hartig explained.
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On January 6, 2021, a mob of protesters who supported then-President Donald Trump broke into the capitol when Congress certified the votes to proclaim Joe Biden as the next president.
More than 700 people have been arrested in connection with the riots, said wednesday the Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland.
The museum director acknowledges that one of the challenges in documenting and contextualizing the assault on the Capitol is that “some of the basic facts of what happened are in dispute.”
Americans don’t have a unified idea about how to characterize what January 6, 2021 meant to the nation’s political system. According to an ABC survey, 72 percent of those consulted believe that the people involved in the attack on the Capitol threatened democracy, while 25 percent responded that they were defending democracy.
“We all perceive things differently, that’s a fact, but how do we help people understand and re-create that kind of common language? What is the common language around understanding the insurrection and what can we agree on? ”Said Hartig, who says he hopes the museum’s work will help“ create that kind of common understanding ”.
As authorities’ investigations into the Capitol robbery progress and more information becomes available, the objects will become more contextualized, Hartig said.
The idea is that the story of January 6 and its elements have a permanent place of exhibition in the museum, he added.
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