“Everyday and Extraordinary: 50 Years of Chicanas Changing History” explores initiatives at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) to raise awareness of Chicana/Latina contributions to the field of United States history. By starting with an unlikely group — Chicana historians – the talk interrogates the evolution of the field of history, providing a bold look at knowledge creation and diffusion. It contextualizes these women’s experiences in the field of history within larger exclusionary trends in the academy. These women are a living legacy of the Chicano movement and the growth of and battles over Ethnic Studies departments across the nation. Their lives and experiences created significant shifts in what the academy understands and accepts as “History” – so much so that historians today often take for granted the ways these women changed the practice of historical exploration. This talk traces some of the legacies of their steadfast commitment to justice, equality, democracy, liberation, and self-determination over the past 50 years to provide a reconceptualization of democracy in America, who belongs here, and what it means to be American.