February 5, 2023

It’s some of the in style of the numerous museums lining that Nationwide Mall within the nation’s capital, and POTUS Politics (Ch. 124) will get you inside entry! Julie Mason Mornings hosted six Smithsonian students from the Nationwide Museum of American Historical past whose work spans a whole bunch of years and appears to open hundreds of thousands of minds. It’s the most recent of Julie Mason’s Smithsonian options — let’s dive in.

With the historic affirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court docket, it’s the right time to soak up deeply private artifacts donated by the household of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Lisa Kathleen, Curator within the Division of Political and Navy Historical past, stated this exhibit by no means would have occurred had RBG’s household not invited the Smithsonian into her chambers, serving to the museum inform the tales of objects like these ubiquitous black robes.

Need one thing cerebral? Peter Manseau, Lilly Endowment Curator of American Spiritual Historical past within the Division of Cultural and Neighborhood Life, stopped by to speak in regards to the mysterious intersections of faith and science all through 300 years of American historical past — and in outer area.

Massive questions like liberation and illustration are on the middle of the work of Dr. Crystal Moten, Curator of African American Historical past within the Division of Work and Trade, and Dr. Krystal Klingenberg, Curator of Music within the Division of Cultural and Neighborhood Life. They spoke with Julie about their new podcast Collected, which facilities on Black girls’s historical past in ways in which problem preconceptions about feminism.

Dr. Moten and Dr. Klingenberg make it clear that the Smithsonian’s mission is ever-evolving. It’s additionally not only for adults! Simply ask Ellen Feingold, Curator on the Nationwide Numismatic Assortment. She added her 10 cents on the fascinating world of cash and payments in a brand new kid-centric exhibit, “Actually BIG Cash.”

Jazz is the quintessential American artwork kind, and the Nationwide Museum of American Historical past doesn’t skimp on honoring it throughout Jazz Appreciation Month. The work of Ken Kimery, Program Director for Smithsonian Jazz, helps deliver to life greats like Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

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