Uniting to Save: Sharing the Importance of Cultural Heritage Protection in Your Community

Originally published at rebeccafifieldpreservation.com. Last week I attended Uniting to Save World Cultures: Investigating the Attributes of Successful Cultural Heritage Protection Interventions at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Organized by the Smithsonian’s office of Cultural Heritage Protection, … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Jim Crow Era Rail Car at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Recently, the National Museum of African American History installed two of its first objects, though walls are scant and the roof does not yet exist. A 77-ton rail car built in 1918 and used by the Southern Railway was installed … Continue reading

Curious Objects: Portrait Collages at the National Portrait Gallery

I was killing time before my talk for the Washington Conservation Guild on February 7. The old Patent Office serves as the home to two Smithsonian Institution museums, the National Portrait Gallery, and the American Art Museum. The Patent Office … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Rediscovering DC’s Streescapes

DC’s downtown streetscapes are being resuscitated in scraps and snippets. Whitewashing idealism and urban renewal threatened to wipe clean the historical texture of the scrappy American capital throughout the 20th century. Historic buildings that once didn’t fit model image of America of … Continue reading

Food: The Exhibition

Time to chortle like Julia, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is hosting Food: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000, opening November 20, 2012. While the exhibition portion of the website could use a bit more clarity, the show will … Continue reading

One to Follow: Threaded Blog at Smithsonian Magazine

Thanks to Ms. S for pointing out Threaded, a fun blog over at Smithsonian Magazine. It’s about Olympic uniforms, Cosmo, wearing wool all summer in the late 19th century, swimsuits, 600 year old bras, war shirts, and LBJ’s custom Haggar’s. … Continue reading

Eadweard Muybridge – Gridded on my mind

I wrote those words “gridded on my mind” years ago in a short story, the protagonist describing herself as the antagonist’s Eadweard Muybridge, preserving him in her memory, serving as his stop-gap photographer. Eadweard Muybridge. Funny name. The sequences of … Continue reading

Digging Up My Ancestors – Smithsonian Edition

Click here for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. And then, my family members went on vacation. Like many families, they visited the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. But unlike your average Washington, D.C. tourist, the Coles … Continue reading