Past Event

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America Exhibition in Salem

Bryan-Bennett Library is one of six sites in Illinois chosen to host a traveling exhibit entitled Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. The exhibit will be on display in the newly redecorated Large Meeting Room at Bryan-Bennett Library for five weeks beginning on August 28, 2021 and concluding on October, 2, 2021.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America examines questions stemming from the leap of faith taken by the American revolutionaries who established a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens. Who has the right to vote? What are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens? Whose voices will be heard?

Voices and Votes, a Museum on Main Street exhibition, will enable visitors to have a Smithsonian quality experience without traveling to Washington, D. C. as this exhibit is based on a current display at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History entitled: “American Democracy: a Great Leap of Faith.”

For more information about the exhibits and events in Salem, please visit or email the Bryan-Bennett Library at

For more information about our Museum on Main Street program, please contact Matt Meacham at