Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stamptuary Hall: James A. Garfield


Ohio’s statue of James A. Garfield can be found in the Rotunda, along with other presidential statues in the collection. Another prominent Garfield statue can be found on the Capitol grounds: the Garfield Monument is located on a circle outside … Continue reading

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My Parents’ Museum Visits


My parents spent a week and a half in Italy earlier this summer, and upon their return, I gave them an assignment. I asked them each, independently, to list all the museums they’d seen during their trip. They immediately asked, … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Dwight D. Eisenhower


Dwight D. Eisenhower’s statue was the first to replace another state statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Replacements were first allowed in 2000, and Eisenhower’s statue was given to the collection by Kansas in 2003, replacing a statue of … Continue reading

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RACE: Are We So Different? – Exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History


I had been wanting to see the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? since I first heard of it a year ago, back when the traveling exhibition was in California, Iowa, and Minnesota. My recent visit to see it at … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Jacques Marquette


Jacques Marquette is honored both as a statue (from Wisconsin, located in the House Connecting Corridor) and on two stamps (here and here). Marquette was a missionary and explorer who died in his late twenties, younger than I am now.

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011


Museum (and museum festival) visitors are not all alike. One way to conceptualize different preferences is to imagine the museum as an ocean, and to think of its visitors as skimmers (hurrying by, just dipping in here and there and … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Nathanael Greene


Nathanael Greene appears on a stamp with George Washington; both are also honored in the National Statuary Hall collection. Greene’s statue is one of Rhode Island’s contributions and can be found in the Crypt. Fun fact: the Crypt is so … Continue reading

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