Your gift to IAHP will help establish a permanent Indian American presence at the Smithsonian. Each tax-deductible contribution is an opportunity to leave the next generation of Indian Americans a legacy to be proud of.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Share your family photos and contribute to our collective storytelling. Upload photos to our Facebook page, send them to IndianAmerican@si.edu, or mail it to our office address. Please include your name or your family's name, the year the photo was taken, and the occasion.
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation is a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the vibrant heritage, daily experience, and diverse political, professional and cultural contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants to shaping the United States.
Donate a pair of shoes to the exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian American Shape the Nation. They can be for any season, style, age, and gender. But please do not mail us your shoes, first send us photos of the shoes to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted via email if your shoes are selected. Please note that submissions are not guaranteed in the exhibition. There is no compensation for the donation and shoes will not be returned if they are chosen.
Originally launched as the HomeSpun Project in 2008, the Indian American Heritage Project (IAHP) is a groundbreaking initiative by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to chronicle the stories of Indian immigrants and their descendants in the U.S.
While we trace our heritage to India, our lives now are centered in the U.S. Numbering more than 3 million, Indian Americans now have the opportunity to have their history, contributions, challenges, and perspectives be told.
"My name is Simi Singh Juneja. I am the keeper of stories in my family. I wrote a short story for the IAHP blog about how my father first met my mother on a dusty Batala road before their arranged marriage. When I hear these stories I feel alive..." Read more
What is your story? We can't wait to hear it. The Smithsonian is an enduring institution that is a worthy place for this history to come home to.