Kudos Affiliates!! April 2019

Congratulations to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments! Do you have kudos to share? Please send potential entries to Aaron Glavas, GlavasC@si.edu.


Science Museum Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK) announced that Schlumberger will provide a matching grant of $90,000 to help renovate the museum’s energy exhibit, Energy Quest. Energy Quest will feature more than 2,000 square feet of space and provide an immersive environment to explore the science, technology, engineering, and math associated with energy production in Oklahoma.

The Baltimore Orioles announced plans to honor the legacy of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson during the 2019 season by donating $20,000 to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (Baltimore, MD) to highlight the achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history.

Public Service Co. of Oklahoma announced a $250,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to help the Stafford Air & Space Museum (Weatherford, OK) reach its Legacy Campaign goal. The money raised during the campaign will fund a planned 18,000-square-foot expansion of the museum. Plans include expanding existing exhibit galleries, the addition of new galleries, and renovations to STEM classrooms and work areas.

The Detroit Tigers and the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI) announced a special event- Arab American Night. The special night will take place on Aug. 6 at Comerica Park in Detroit. The evening is sponsored by Tigers partner Saad Wholesale Meats and $3 from every ticket sold as part of the promotion will be used to support the museum.

Sunderland Foundation has awarded Union Station, Kansas City, Inc. (Kansas City, MO) a multi-year grant of $1.5 million in support of Science City’s Early Learning Expansion Project.  The programmatic footprint will fill more than 35,000 square feet and include multiple exhibit zones and interactive experiences to spark curiosity and creativity in Kansas City’s youngest learners.


A small yet mighty new dinosaur was recently discovered thanks to the work of Lindsay Zanno, head of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and her team. The new dinosaur — Moros intrepidus, which means “harbinger of doom” after the Greek god Moros — is a relative of the much larger Tyrannosaurus rex, and is the oldest Cretaceous tyrannosaur species discovered in North America.

Warren Washington, a senior scientist from National Center for Atmospheric Research, managed by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO), won the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, considered the “Nobel Prize For The Environment.” He will share the honor and the $200,000 award, with climate scientist Michael Mann, director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service including two Affiliates-El Pueblo History Museum (Pueblo, CO), part of History Colorado, and Orange County Regional History Center (Orlando, FL). The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service.


Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals (Hillsboro, OR) announced Board Member Garret Romaine will serve as interim director. Previous director Julian Gray stepped down and will continue at the museum as a curator and exhibition planner.

The Arab American National Museum announced Dr. Diana Abouali will become the new director of the museum in April. Dr. Abouali becomes the third director of AANM.

The Connecticut Historical Society, has named Robert Kret, former director of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, as the museum’s new CEO. Robert will begin his position in May.

75th Anniversary of D-Day Smithsonian Material Culture Forum Webcast

Please join us for a special webcast of the Smithsonian Material Culture forum to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. From its grand strategy to the personal stories of individual soldiers, the history of D-Day remains a captivating and rich story. To usher in the 75th anniversary of the battle, the Smithsonian offers a series of highly perceptive presentations in its 112th Material Culture Forum. “Forgotten Voices, Forgotten Objects” presents new avenues of historical inquiry, highlighting objects in the Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian collections as well as the research of experts on the topic. RSVP for the webcast here.

The speaker schedule follows:

112th Meeting of the Smithsonian Material Culture Forum

75th Anniversary of D-Day:

Forgotten Voices, Forgotten Objects

Monday, May 13, 2019, 4–6 p.m. EDT

Michelle Delaney, Senior Program Officer for History and Culture, Smithsonian Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research and Todd Kinser, Chief of Exhibit Planning, Smithsonian Exhibits

Susan Ades, Director, Smithsonian Exhibits

Richard B. Frank, a lawyer and military historian, has written several books and articles on the Pacific Campaign of World War II, including Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle (1990), Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japan Empire (1999), and MacArthur (2007).

Speakers will give lightning talks on a variety of topics, followed by Q&A.

Kate Clarke Lemay, Ph.D

Historian/Director of Portal = Portraiture + Analysis

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Coordinating Curator, Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative

Topic: “Gratitude, Trauma and Repression: D-Day in French and American Collective Memory”

Description: This presentation will focus on personalizing the memory of D-Day: how do memorials create official versus vernacular/local/personal memory? How does material culture inform memory? Whose responsibility is it to maintain memorials? Who gets remembered? Who gets forgotten?


Frank A. Blazich, Jr., Ph.D

Curator, Modern Military History

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Topic: “The Magic Boxes of D-Day: How One Humble Invention Helped Make Operation Neptune Possible”

Description: How technology can be simple but when employed in an innovative fashion, also transformative.


Laura Oviedo, Ph.D, ABD

Smithsonian Fellow, Division of Armed Forces

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Topic: “Belonging in War and Nation: Latina/os & World War II

Description: This presentation highlights the experiences of Latinos in D-Day and discusses the significance of Latina/o participation during World War II.


Image credit: Master Sgt. Wallace B. “Jack” Jackson of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion retrieved these objects from the Normandy beachhead to remind him of D-Day. He collected three rocks and carefully inscribed each “D-Day June 6, 44.” He also collected an ammunition shell casing and a German-manufactured package of bandages. Collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Krewasky A. Salter, Ph.D

(Guest) Associate Curator

National Museum of African American History & Culture,
Smithsonian Institution

Topic: “African Americans, D-Day and World War II”

Description: This presentation will highlight African Americans on D-Day, using a few select objects from the D-Day invasion currently on display at NMAAHC. It will also emphasize other African American experiences during World War II.


Rebecca Head Trautmann

Project Curator, National Native American Veterans Memorial

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

And  Herman J. Viola, PhD.

Senior Advisor, National Native American Veterans Memorial, and Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Description: As part of its NMAI Veterans Memorial project research, this presentation will feature the story of Charles Norman Shay who served at Normandy and has been honored with a memorial overlooking Omaha Beach and some of the other stories of Native American service connected to D-Day.


Megan Harris

Reference Specialist, Veterans History Project

Library of Congress

Topic: “I Hardly Know Where to Start”: Personal Narratives of D-Day within Veterans History Project Collections

Description: This presentation will include a discussion of two unique items00a scrapbook and a personal diary—submitted by D-Day veterans Felix Adams and Homer Hall to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.


Greg Elder

Chief Historian, Office of Corporate Communications

Defense Intelligence Agency

Topic: Intelligence Support to Operation OVERLORD

Description: Intelligence and counterintelligence played a critical role in the successful D-Day landings. German spies in Britain were captured and turned, codes were broken, operatives collected information behind enemy lines, aerials surveillance provided visibility in German troop movements and fortifications, and a successful deception campaign pointed the Germans to false landing sites. Without the accumulation of information and insight into German operations, the D-Day landing may have ended in disaster.


Image credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Jeremy R. Kinney, Ph.D

Curator, Aeronautics Department

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Topic: Flak-Bait: A Story of Survival from World War II

Description: American aircrews flew the Martin B-26B Marauder bomber named Flak-Bait on more missions than any other American warplane during World War II, which included three times on D-Day.


Shannon Perich

Curator, NMAH Photographic History Collection

Topic: Exploring Robert Capa’s Iconic D-Day Photographs

Discussion: Revisiting what we know and value about some of the

most well-known photographs of the historic landing on Omaha


5:30—6:00      Q&A—Moderator: Richard Frank, Historian

The Material Culture Forum was organized in 1988 with a mission of maintaining the sense of a scholarly community throughout the Smithsonian museums, libraries, and research and cultural centers.  The Forum considers topics from the vast world of objects that the Smithsonian collects, preserves, studies, and presents.

the Moon is rising in Affiliateland in April 2019

Great events at Affiliates as spring starts blooming!

The National Air and Space Museum has loaned three Apollo-related artifacts for the exhibition One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race opening at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, 4.5.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition, organized by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will open at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, 4.13.

As part of the Smithsonian Year of Music, the DuSable Museum of African American History will host A Celebration of Ella!!, a tribute event honoring the music and legacy of Ella Jenkins. At 94, Jenkins is one of the most revered singers and songwriters of the past century, with dozens of albums released through Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, in Chicago, 4.13.

A protest armband from the 1960s, on loan from the National Museum of American History, will be part of the The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 exhibition at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, 4.13.


Katherine Ott, curator at the National Museum of American History, delivers the last talk of the Questioning Identity lecture series, Poking at Normal: Museums and the History of Real People  at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, 4.24.

Teens from five Affiliate communities will visit Washington with museum staff and parents, to meet with Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and participate in person in the final meeting of the Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council. Thanks to the Rockwell Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Arab American National Museum, and the Upcountry History Museum, for helping us to include national teen voices in the work of the Smithsonian over the last two years!, in D.C.,  4.24.

Smithsonian Affiliations Director Myriam Springuel and National Outreach Manager Aaron Glavas will participate in the affiliation announcement at new affiliate, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, 4.26.

Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will present the April talk Moon Race: The U.S.-Soviet Competition to Put a Human on the Moon as part of the year-long Moon Landing in Context lecture series at Framingham State University in Framingham, 4.27.