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The Smithsonian is gathering artifacts from the US Capitol riot

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is collecting objects from last week's deadly pro-Trump riot at the nation's capital, in an effort to document what unfolded.

(CNN) — The National Museum of American History is collecting objects to help document last week's deadly riot at the US Capitol, the museum's director said.

Hartig said in a written statement.

"As curators from the museum's Division of Political and Military History continue to document the election of 2020, in the midst of a deadly pandemic, they will include objects and stories that help future generations remember and contextualize Jan. 6 and its aftermath," Hartig said.

So far, curators have collected and are sorting through three dozen protest signs, several small American flags, a banner, a couple of branded 2020 "Trump Keep America Great" campaign clothing accessories and a number of small documents ranging from pamphlets and handouts to business cards, museum spokeswoman Valeska Hilbig told CNN.

The materials that aren't selected for the permanent collection may be made available to other museums or historical associations, she said.

In June, the Smithsonian announced that three of its museums were collecting objects left in Washington's Lafayette Square and Black Lives Matter Plaza after the protests there over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality.

"Your contributions help us in our goal of educating each new generation about the historical roots of our moment and empowering them to shape our future," said Hartig.

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