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Heyman, Ira Michael 5/30/1930-11/19/2011  Search this
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Enola Gay (Bomber)  Search this
Board of Regents  Search this
United States Congress  Search this
Science in American Life (Exhibition) (1994: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
1876: A Centennial Exhibition (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Museum of African American History and Culture  Search this
Physical description:
p. A16, Review & Outlook column
October 25, 1994
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In this newspaper column, the author bemoans what he calls the "political makeover of the Smithsonian." This sarcastic piece is prompted by Secretary I. Michael Heyman's recent approval of the National Air and Space Museum's proposed Enola Gay exhibit, which the author views as the latest example of how the Smithsonian Institution has been transforming its museums over recent years into "vehicles for political re-education." He writes that this trend began during the tenure of Secretary Robert McCormick Adams, who started in 1984 and hired individuals from the "Academic Left."
According to the author, the Smithsonian's Board of Regents and the U. S. Congress have not been paying attention to the fact that exhibits have been purposely presented to reflect ideological views rather than the facts to the general public. He gives examples of his argument by describing the "Science in American Life" exhibit at the National Museum of American History, mentioning various exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History, and the removal of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition from the Arts and Industries Building to make way for turning that museum into a National African-American Museum.
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The Wall Street Journal (Newspaper)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
National African American Museum Project  Search this
Politics and culture  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Controversies  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Historiography  Search this
New York, NY The Wall Street Journal
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