The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC, engages visitors, researchers, and scholars with innovative, intriguing, and enriching explorations of family and community history and arts and culture. Since its founding in 1967, the museum has worked with real people in their neighborhoods locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to uncover, share, and make accessible stories that matter—of history, family life, and community development. Focused on issues of concern to urban communities, the museum presents evidence of everyday life and experience through insightful exhibitions and public programming. Museum project topics are varied, relatable, triumphant, and poignant: how participation in local school bands enhanced students’ learning and opportunity: how midwives birthed the babies and ministered to the sick; how a language with roots in African tongues survived 300 years of slavery in America and is still spoken today in the U.S. and South America; how people worldwide are reconnecting to their urban rivers; how an enslaved father’s diary kept his family together and created a legacy. The Anacostia Community Museum tells stories that resonate with people and help them change their lives.