Tag: Smithsonian

Women’s History Wing Added to New-York Historical Society; Museum to National Mall?

As N-YHS gets set to open its Center for Women’s History, a bi-partisan commission recommends building an American Museum of Women’s History.

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Two Kings and the NMAAHC

By Mariam Williams

Not seeing black people as active participants in American history and its ongoing push toward democracy always has been a hurtful and angering thing to me. It says to black people—and especially to black children who have little, if any, control over their education—that they are irrelevant and that black people have deserved all race-based mistreatment they’ve received, past or present.

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Reconstructing Reconstruction: Post-Bellum Public History in the Smithsonian and National Park Systems

The September 2016 opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a timely opportunity to evaluate how existing branches of the Smithsonian represent the era of Reconstruction, a period about which public opinion “matters more than most historical subjects” because “it forces us to think about what kind of society we wish America to be,” according to historian Eric Foner in a March 2015 Op-Ed in the New York Times.

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Controversy in Public History … Can We Move Beyond Relativism?

Public historians took a battering 20 years ago through highly public struggles over two Smithsonian exhibits.

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Civil War Exhibits on Saturdays in DC

On Saturdays this summer, a free shuttle will take visitors to three Civil War exhibitions across Washington, D.C.

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2015 Fredric Miller Lecture

Katherine Ott was the guest speaker for the seventeenth, and final, annual Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 10.

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Registration for the 2015 Miller Lecture is Now Open

The registration page for the 2015 Frederic M. Miller Lecture featuring Katherine Ott, a public historian and curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, is now open.

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