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Commemorative Days

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this family- friendly event. Enjoy a production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Writers Theatre and a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir, along with storytelling and art-making that reflect Dr. king’s messages of peace and justice.

Cost: This event is free with Museum admission. No reservations needed. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day.

Day of Remembrance

Sunday, February 15, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Each year, Chicago’s Japanese American community comes together to commemorate the 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced incarceration of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. As members of a diverse American society, this is a valuable opportunity for us to reflect on the meaning of our constitutional rights and the corrosive effects of racism and wartime hysteria.

Cost: This event is free. Museum admission must be purchased to enter exhibitions before or after the event.

Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizen League–Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through storytelling, performances, and hands-on activities for all ages. Join us for a performance by the Chicago Brass Band and a production of Meeting the Lincolns by With Lincoln Productions, as we honor the endeavors and accomplishments of America’s presidents.

Cost: This event is free with Museum admission. No reservations needed. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day.

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