The Smithsonian is collecting items from the Capitol siege to preserve as ...

The Smithsonian is collecting items from the Capitol siege to preserve as artifacts and to show the 'fragility of the U.S. democracy' The National Museum of History has already sent a curator out to collect items to preserve Museum director Anthea M. Hartig released a statement on Friday stating that the election offered 'remarkable instances of the pain and possibility' Release doesn't mention by name but does state that 'fraudulent claims and conspiracy theories challenging the legitimacy of the election results fueled' the chaos  Hartig asked anyone with access to items from the riot to take photos and send the museum brief descriptions of the objects to [email protected]

By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:12 GMT, 9 January 2021 | Updated: 22:12 GMT, 9 January 2021

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The National Museum of American History - part of the Smithsonian Institution - has started collecting flyers, protest signs and other objects from the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday. 

Elizabeth MacMillan Director Anthea M. Hartig released a statement on Friday announcing that the museum was collecting a variety of items in hopes to staying committed 'to understanding how Americans make change.'  

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The museum was on the scene a day after the riot, with Dr. Frank Blazich, a curator with the museum, sharing on that he had already been 'digging through the trash on the National Mall.'

The National Museum of American History - part of the Smithsonian Institution - has started collecting flyers, protest signs and other objects from the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday

The National Museum of American History - part of the Smithsonian Institution - has started collecting flyers, protest signs and other objects from the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday

The museum was on the scene a day after the riot, with Dr. Frank Blazich, a curator with the museum, sharing on that he had already been 'digging through the trash on the National Mall'

The museum was on the scene a day after the riot, with Dr. Frank Blazich, a curator with the museum, sharing on that he had already been 'digging through the trash on the National Mall'

In the release, Hartig asked anyone with access to items from the riot to take photos and send the museum brief descriptions of the objects.

Elizabeth MacMillan Director Anthea M. Hartig released a statement on Friday announcing that the museum was collecting a variety of items in hopes to staying committed 'to understanding how Americans make change.'

Elizabeth MacMillan Director Anthea M. Hartig released a statement on Friday announcing that the museum was collecting a variety of items in hopes to staying committed 'to

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