November is Native American Heritage Month. There are 6.6 million Native American and Alaska Native people living in the United States, as well as millions of other Indigenous people living throughout the Western Hemisphere—all with unique traditions, languages, values and histories. Visitors can celebrate the diversity and contributions of these Native cultures at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with a variety of free public events in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Programs include festivals, performances, talks and family activities.?
Smithsonian Associates will host a special evening with Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Dan Palladino, an executive producer who also serves as writer and director, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:45 p.m. at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater. In celebration of the show’s Dec. 6 season three premiere on Amazon Prime Video, they will discuss their inspiration behind the creation of the show, their wide-ranging careers in television and what it is like to work together on one of today’s most beloved series.
Lonnie G. Bunch III, the newly appointed 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, will speak at the National Press Club as part of its Headliners speaker series Monday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Bunch will be in conversation with Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, president of the National Press Club, to discuss his vision for the Smithsonian and his new book, A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump.