President Emeritus Robert R. Davila, ‘53 & H-’88, is being recognized for his lifetime achievements and contributions with an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in its Molina Family Latino Gallery. Dr. Davila served as our ninth president from 2007 to 2009. He was also Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitation Services in the George H. W. Bush administration, and president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

The 4,500-square-foot Molina Family Latino Gallery, currently housed at the National Museum of American History, is the first physical presence of the planned National Museum of the American Latino. Exhibitions in the Latino Gallery will present bilingual stories for multigenerational and cross-cultural audiences featuring multimedia, physical objects, and first-person voices. The exhibit about Dr. Davila is one of the first.

The current gallery and the planned National Museum of the American Latino will follow universal design principles. The museum planners are working closely with The Institute for Human Centered Design, Accessible Community, and Access Smithsonian. Among other access features will be open captions for all media and digital interactive experiences.

The National Museum of American History is open daily, except December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and no tickets are required. It is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue, N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets, Washington, D.C. Museum entrances are located on Constitution Avenue on the first floor and Madison Drive (National Mall) on the second floor. There may be a short wait to enter the building.

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