MORRISTOWN, NJ - From the builders of some of America's earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers and digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States from the 1700s to the present.

The first-of-its-kind exhibition from the Smithsonian will be on view at the Morris Museum from May 2 through July 12, 2015. The Morristown presentation of “Beyond Bollywood” will be complimented by an installation featuring twentieth century paintings by Indian American artists, a display showcasing Indian textiles and costumes, and a variety of programs and events.

Approximately 17 million people in the United States are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, and the number is expected to climb to 41 million by 2050. One in every 100 Americans has a family connection to India. Indian immigrants helped build the nation’s railroads, worked in lumber mills, toiled on farms and established prosperous trading routes that are still in use today. Through a vibrant collection of photographs and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America.

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“Indian Americans represent an important and growing community here in New Jersey,” said Linda Moore, Executive Director of the Morris Museum. “This wonderful exhibition offers the opportunity to deepen our awareness of the Asian Pacific American experience and foster cross cultural understanding.”

In conjunction with “Beyond Bollywood,” the Morris Museum will hold the following programs and events. Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3706 or online at morrismuseum.org.