Tag Archives: Smithsonian Institution

The Place of Theater Re-Creations in Museums


I would like to call your attention to an article by Susan Evans, “Personal Beliefs and National Stories: Theater in Museums as a Tool for Exploring Historical Memory.” Just published paper in April 2013 issue of Curator: The Museum Journal. This is … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory


We are approaching in 2017 the centennial of the founding of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory (LMAL) by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), at Hampton, Virginia. Now NASA’s Langley Research Center this facility transformed aeronautics in the United States … Continue reading

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A Short History of the Birth of the NACA in Less Than 1,000 Words


On March 3, 2015, we will commemorate the birth of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) that took place in 1915. This organization was very much a product of its time and place and circumstance. For the first twelve years … Continue reading

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3-D Scans of the Apollo 11 Command Module


To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a stunning, high resolution 3-D scan of the Command Module Columbia. This is available here: http://3d.si.edu/apollo11CM. Now anyone with an internet connection can explore … Continue reading

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“Discover Your Place in Aerospace”: A Fun App from the National Air and Space Museum


In early December the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum launched a new app called “Discover Your Place in Aerospace,” Mobile Missions. The app is designed to engage visitors and gather information to help NASM build a deeper relationship with those … Continue reading

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Stimulating Aerospace Capabilities in America


Historians five hundred years hence may well characterize successful human flight, and all that followed in both air and space, as the most significant single technology of the twentieth century. Has it fundamentally reshaped our world, at once awesome and … Continue reading

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The Mythology of the Lone Genius and American Aeronautics Policy


Since December 17, 1903, the dates of the first flight at Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers have been celebrated as lone geniuses who succeeded when all others had failed. They have been interpreted to represent the very best American civilization has … Continue reading

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Announcement: Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference, April 11-14, 2014


The Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference is a unique, international meeting starting today in Washington. It focuses specifically on the needs of the air and space museum community and features three days of panel discussions and concurrent sessions. … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: In the Batter’s Box


It’s the home opener for the Washington Nationals today so I thought it would be interesting to point readers to this blog post concerning two of my favorite subjects: baseball and aerospace. This post was written by archivist Elizabeth Borja of the … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Up Close with Shuttle Discovery”


I recently spoke with Peggy Mihelich, MemberCentral Program Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about the Space Shuttle Discovery on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. … Continue reading

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