Who Owns America's History

Bob Thompson
*Staff Writer, The Washington Post Magazine

Michael Kimmelman
*Chief Art Critic, The New York Times

Milo Beach
*Recently Retired Director, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (two museums at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.)

Andrew Camden
*Vice President and Trustee, Detroit Institute of Arts
*Chairman, Museum Trustee Association

Roger Kennedy
*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Tuesday, a $38 million gift to the Smithsonian Institution was withdrawn after a prolonged, bitter and very public dispute over the question of who decides what version of our national history gets presented in museums.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.



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