*Staff Writer, The Washington Post Magazine
*Chief Art Critic, The New York Times
*Recently Retired Director, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (two museums at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.)
*Vice President and Trustee, Detroit Institute of Arts
*Chairman, Museum Trustee Association
*Former Director of the National Museum of American History (1979-1991)
*Former Head of the National Park Service (1993-1997)
Tuesday, a $38 million gift to the Smithsonian Institution was withdrawn after a prolonged, bitter and very public dispute over the question of who decides what version of our national history gets presented in museums. What should a museum of American history look like? And what role does money play? On the next Talk of the Nation, host Neal Conan talks with historians, curators and you about who owns American history and who decides which version of that history makes its way into our national museums.