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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.