Agency history, 1976-

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  • Wolfe, Janet K
  • Bondurant, R. Lynn Jr
  • Andrews-Weller, Kasse
  • Kerr, Maureen
  • Sprouls, Ellen V
  • Joëls, Kerry Mark 1931-
  • Hinkel, Jo
  • Schaffer, Lynne
  • Banks, Myra
  • Schmidt, Carolyn
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Office of Education
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Presentation and Education Division
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Education Division
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Special Assistant for Education
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Education Services Division
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Exhibits and Public Services Department Public Services Division Educational Services Unit


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Smithsonian Year, 1975-1984
  • Annals, 1985-1998
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1975-1997
  • Educational functions have been performed by the National Air and Space Museum since its beginning. In 1976-1977 an Education Officer served under the Presentations and Education Division. In 1978 an Education Division was created. From 1980 to 1982 the position was titled Education Services Division and then reverted to Education Division, from 1983 to 1985. A Special Assistant for Education served in 1985. An Office of Education existed, 1986-1996. An Educational Services Unit was created in 1997. It was renamed the Education Unit about 1998 . The unit is responsible for providing programs and publications for students, teachers, and family visitors. It offers online activities, family programs, publications of various kinds, teacher workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
  • R. Lynn Bondurant was Education Officer, 1976-1977. Kerry M. Joels was Chief, Education Division, 1978-1979; Janet K. Wolfe was Chief, Educational Services Division, 1980-1982, and Chief, Education Divison, 1983-1984. Joels was Special Assistant for Education, 1985. Kasse Andrews-Weller was Chief, 1986-1988, as was Jan McColl, 1989-1990. Ellen Sprouls was Special Assistant for Education, 1991-1992. In 1993 there were three Program Coordinators: Educational Products, Carolyn Schmidt; Professional Training, Lynne Schaffer; and Student Services, Myra Banks. In 1994 the posts seem to have been vacant. In 1995 and 1996 Chief of Formal Education was Maureen Kerr, while Jo Hinkel was Chief of Informal Education. Kerr served as Supervisor of the Educational Services Unit, 1997, and the Education Unit, 1998- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1976
  • 1976-


  • Museums and education
  • Aeronautics
  • Museums
  • Aeronautical museums


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00351

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