Resources for Conversations that Matter

Collaborating with a robust network of organizations, as stated in our SITES | Smithsonian Affiliations strategic plan, has a cumulative and sustained impact on the audiences and communities we serve. Fostering conversations on questions that matter to communities is part of implementing our goal of advancing inclusion and committing to revisiting and expanding the narratives we share. We are committed to elevating and celebrating diverse experiences, voices and perspectives across all of our work and the work of our collaborators.

Below are some resources that the Smithsonian and our Smithsonian Affiliates have developed to catalyze these conversations. As always, the Institution is committed to collaborations and conversations that, in the words of Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, “challenge the nation to live up to its founding ideals.”

Do you have resources to share? We invite Affiliates to share your resources, and use our network to learn with and from each other, and with us. Submit your Affiliate resources on this form.

Conversation Spotlight

Black History Month

Below is a selection of resources from our Smithsonian and Smithsonian Affiliate collaborators.

  • Warren M. Washington collection from the National Center for Atmospheric Research archives (Boulder, CO). The collection documents his scientific and professional activities as well as his significant contributions to the enhancement of opportunities for people of color in science.
  • Explore resources on history makers, videos, and Black voices and blogs from Conner Prairie (Fishers, IN)
  • For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency, Museum of American Finance (New York, NY). The exhibition highlights Black Americans who have been featured on tokens, coins, medals and medallions.
  • Standing Up By Sitting Down, a resource for both students and educators from the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)

More Black History Month resources here.

A group of African American young men sit on the hood of a 1940s car.

The Negro Motorist Green Book, an exhibition offers an immersive look at the reality of travel for African Americans in mid-century America and how the annual guide served as an indispensable resource for the nation’s rising African American middle class and evidence of a vibrant business class.

Image: Southside, Chicago, Illinois, 1941. Russell Lee. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-00256.

Resource Library

Talking About Race

Standing Together Against Hate, educational resources and direct learning opportunities from across the Smithsonian Institution.

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America from Smithsonian magazine

Talking about race, developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Project Pride, a pan-Institutional collection of Smithsonian resources

Blog post: Here, There, and Everywhere: How a 1970s Magazine Created LGBTQ+ Space, Community, and Paved the Way for Change

LGBTQ History at the National Museum of American History

Virtual Scholar’s Talk featuring Katherine Ott, curator and historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, discussing her work curating the exhibition “Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall.”

Transracial Adoption

For more resources on Asian Pacific American bias and stereotypes, and further resources from the Smithsonian, visit the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Part 1: Cold War Babies to a Multi-Million Dollar Industry

Part 2: From Operation Baby Lift to International Adoption Today

Part 3: The Interviews


OpenBook: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects, from the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

The Center for the Understanding of Religion in American History at the National Museum of American History

Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Life on a Sustainable Planet

Smithsonian Science for Global Goals, providing youth ages 8-17 around the world with the knowledge and skills to understand the world’s most pressing issues.

Virtual Earth Optimism Lectures from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Earth Optimism Youth Action and Leadership Smithsonian Learning Lab collection presenting strategies, quotes and mentoring advice from active student action projects underway nationwide.

Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month events, resources, exhibitions, and podcasts from across the Smithsonian.

Latino food and recipes from the National Museum of the American Latino.

Virtual Exhibitions from the National Museum of the American Latino:

Native American and Indigenous Culture

Americans: A Dialogue Toolkit for Educators developed by the National Museum of the American Indian

Photo ID: Portraits by Native Youth, an online exhibition from the Arizona State Museum (Tucson, AZ) that asks students to consider how we construct identity. More educational material from the museum to help learn about the Indigenous peoples of the region.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Standing Together Against Hate, educational resources and direct learning opportunities from across the Smithsonian Institution.

Standing Together Against Xenophobia developed by the Asian Pacific American Center

Viral Histories, a program by the National Museum of American History

Women’s History

Latinas Talk Latinas: This YouTube playlist will help you learn about the lives of 10 Latinas who have shaped the United States in diverse ways, from the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Latino.

Prototype Online: Innovative Voices features the stories of several female innovators and inventors (from the National Museum of American History):