According to a report in The National, discarded signboards, stickers, flags, and other such ephemera are among the objects that the curators at National Museum of American History — a branch of the Smithsonian Institution — have been collecting in order to add to their archive.
Anthea M Hartig, the museum’s director, has said in a statement: “As an institution, we are committed to understanding how Americans make change. This election season has offered remarkable instances of the pain and possibility involved in that process of reckoning with the past and shaping the future. 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.”
She has also urged the public to save and share materials “that could be considered for future acquisition” and could help educate future generations about the event.
The outlet also mentions that the museum had collected material — signs and banners — from the Black Lives Matter protests in summer 2020.
Of the many objects found at the site of the riot, was a sign that read: “Off with their heads – stop the steal”, by one of the museum’s curators, Frank Blazich, the outlet stated.