Smithsonian Institute Celebrates Indian-Americans

Smithsonian Celebrates Indian-Americans

March 6th, 2010


WASHINGTON D.C., March 2, 2010: Over the past decade, a boom happened for Indian-Americans in highly respected positions in the private and public sectors. These individuals have been vocal about their heritage, backgrounds and agendas. The world has started to notice, and so has the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. With a growing population of Indian-Americans in the U.S., currently estimated at 2.5 million, the Smithsonian has recently launched an exciting new initiative called “HomeSpun: The Indian American Heritage Project.”

In the words of the Smithsonian, HomeSpun is “a national grassroots effort to create an exhibit chronicling the history of both immigrants from India and their descendants in America.” Apart from creating a traveling exhibition, the project will develop a middle-school curriculum guide to teach younger generations, as well as various public programs to educate the general public about the community.

The project falls under the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American program office- founded in 1997 with a mission to promote awareness of the experiences and history of more than 15 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living in the U.S.

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