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SEP 2018

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house from the colonial era through World War II. One House, Five Families While none of the house's inhab- itants were famous, their stories reflect the challenges and choices that shaped both their community and the nation. American colonists created a new, genteel lifestyle, patriots stood for their freedoms in a revolution, and an enslaved young man considered what liberty would mean for him. The home also served as a gathering place for neighbors to come together to end slavery, while immigrants earned a livelihood in their new home, and a woman and her grandson con- tributed to the war effort during World War II with their victory gar- den. These are the true stories this house tells and what continues to make this one of the most popu- lar exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American His- tory in Washington, D.C. The house structure, along with displays about the families that lived there, provide poignant reminders that each era presents challenges to overcome and achievements to celebrate. NAR's Sponsorship and Exhibit Upgrades While NAR has sponsored the exhi- bition since 2001, on September 1, the Association became the exclu- sive sponsor of the exhibit through 2030. To keep the exhibition com- pelling over the next 12 years, signifi- cant renovations were made to the "Within These Walls" exhibition. New technologies and theatrical overlays were recently integrated, which serve to enliven the visitor ex- perience with the impact of music, sound and light treatments. These upgrades create an even more com- pelling exhibition experience. In ad- dition to the theatrical integrations, the exhibition website at american- history.si.edu/within-these-walls was updated, and content translations in eight languages are now delivered via mobile devices. Both elevate the value of this exhibition and the REALTOR® brand, to a global stage, enabling visitors from around the world to explore the important ways ordinary people, in their daily home lives, have been part of great chang- es and events in American history. Additionally, new displays were re- cently added, including a new artifact display case. This display is the first in a series of new house-and-home topics. In 2018, the display supports NAR's yearlong commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of the Fair Hous- ing Act of 1968, and showcases a pen used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Act. As the United States continues to evolve, "Within These Walls" is well positioned through 2030 to share its stories with millions of visitors annu- ally. This popular exhibition is an im- portant reminder that "history hap- pens at home," thanks to the crucial role REALTORS® play in achieving the American Dream of homeownership. Learn more at NAR.realtor/articles/ within-these-walls-exhibition. RE Matt Lombardi is senior vice president, Marketing, Communica- tions & Events for the National Association of REALTORS®. All houses have a story to tell. And one exceptional house is sharing its rich tapestry of stories spanning five families and 200 years through the 'Within These Walls' exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Create for the Human

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