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.
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.
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.
Public historians took a battering 20 years ago through highly public struggles over two Smithsonian exhibits.
On Saturdays this summer, a free shuttle will take visitors to three Civil War exhibitions across Washington, D.C.
Katherine Ott was the guest speaker for the seventeenth, and final, annual Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 10.
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.
We are pleased to announce Katherine Ott, a public historian and curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, as the speaker for the annual Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture.
The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has announced Rutgers Art History PhD candidate Christina Weyl as the winner of this year’s Graduate Research Essay Prize. Weyl’s essay, titled Networks of Abstraction: Postwar Printmaking and Women Artists of Atelier 17, was constructed with evidence and research primarily obtained through the Archives of American Art.
The Library of Congress has announced that Jane Sánchez has been appointed chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Sánchez has more than 35 years of library and information program management experience—most recently as director of Library Services and Content Management at the Government Printing Office.