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History Museum Directors

National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History

Washington, DC
Monday, February 17, 2014

Directors of some the country’s most prominent history museums discuss the experiences and challenges of running their respective institutions. They talk about the changes they’ve overseen, and improvements they’ve made to best present the stories and objects from their collections to researchers and the general public. This session was part of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association and was hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.    

Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:26am (ET)

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