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Record Unit 9595

Smithsonian Institution 150th Birthday on the Mall Interviews, 1996

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
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Title: Smithsonian Institution 150th Birthday on the Mall Interviews
Dates: 1996
Quantity: 1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 9595
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

As part of the Smithsonian Institution's celebration of its Sesquicentennial in 1996, a 150th Birthday Party was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., over the course of two days in August. At the Smithsonian Institution Archives tent, staff of the Institutional History Division and volunteers conducted interviews with 39 Smithsonian current and former staff members and visitors. Staff interviewees discussed their reminiscences of the Institution and their careers. Visitor interviewees discussed their reminiscences of earlier visits to the Smithsonian. Over 300 visitors to the Smithsonian Archives tent also participated in completing "Smithsonian Memories" sheets, writing about their fondest memories about visiting the Smithsonian.

Interviewees included: Luis Abad; John S. Anderson; Jason Bezis; Carolyn Jean Blitz; Carol Carpenter; Elizabeth Coggins; Eugene Day; Craig Deering; Sherrone Dunhamm; Kathleen Fargey; Davis Florick; Nancy Frank; Wilfred Genung-Keats; Mark Gruenberg; Wendy Heine; Catrina Hill; Francine Henderson; Mildred Henninger; Alejandre Jimenez; B. J. Kreider; Valerie Lambert; Scott Marquiss; Terry Mennefield; Heather Mitchell; Geary S. Mizuno; Richard Montoya; Fred Moosburgger; Mary Novak; Mark C. Paulett; Alexis Radokay; Christopher Robis; Richard Sacett; Lisa-Anne Samuels; Ruth Schallert, Jane Scholl; Nicole Sobotka; Krista Strider; John Vetter; Pauline Vetter; Ellis L. Yochelson; and Beatrice Youngblood. In conjunction with the individual interview sessions held at the Smithsonian Institution Archives tent, 11 informal, group interview sessions were conducted with Smithsonian staff at the Narrative Stage tent.

Staff interviewees discussed their careers, daily work, and job experiences. Topics for discussion were "The Art of Scientific Illustration," "Smithsonian's America: Looking Back at an Exhibit," "Genealogy, Family History, and Preservation," "What is Repatriation?," "Looking Back at the History of Flight," "Rainforests and Elephants: Doing Fieldwork and Exhibits," "Building a National Zoo," "Keeping the Nation's Treasure House Secure," "Keeping Track of the Nation's Attic: Talking with Registrars," "Taking Care of the National Collections," and "Office of Smithsonian Archives: An Overview." Interviewees included Luis Abad; John S. Anderson; Gary Aronson; Jason Bezis; Carolyn Jean Blitz; Nigel Briggs; Lonnie G. Bunch; Carol Carpenter; Emanuel Chase; Elizabeth Coggins; William Cox; Myron Curtis; Eugene Day; Craig Deering; Sherrone Dunhamm; Jennifer Fairman; Kathleen Fargey; Davis Florick; Shelley Foote; Nancy Frank; Wilfred Genung-Keats; Frank M. Greenwell; Mark Gruenberg; Wendy Heine; Catrina Hill; Francine Henderson; Mildred Henninger; Pamela M. Henson; Lauri Hinksman Swan; Elaine R. S. Hodges; Michael Horsley; Ellen Roney Hughes; Alejandre Jimenez; Claudia Brush Kidell; B. J. Kreider; Valerie Lambert; Steven D. Lubar; Scott Marquiss; Terry Mennefield; Beth Miller; Heather Mitchell; Geary S. Mizuno; Richard Montoya; Fred Moosburgger; Karen Mudar; Mary Novak; Mark C. Paulett; Catherine Perge; Louis R. Purnell; Alexis Radokay; Doug Robinson; Christopher Robis; Mark Rothenberg; Richard Sacett; Lisa-Anne Samuels; Ruth Schallert, Jane Scholl; Wendy Ann Shay; Ikuko Shoybayshi-Turner; Nicole Sobotka; James Steed; Krista Strider; Paul Harold Theerman; William Turner; John Vetter; Pauline Vetter; Ellis L. Yochelson; Amanda Young; and Beatrice Youngblood.

The collection consists of fifty interview sessions, totalling approximately 38 hours and 15 minutes of recordings.

Descriptive Entry

As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s celebration of its Sesquicentennial in 1996, a 150th Birthday Party was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., over the course of two days in August. At the Smithsonian Institution Archives tent, staff of the Institutional History Division and volunteers conducted interviews with 39 Smithsonian current and former staff members and visitors. Staff interviewees discussed their reminiscences of the Institution and their careers. Visitor interviewees discussed their reminiscences of earlier visits to the Smithsonian. Over 300 visitors to the Smithsonian Archives tent also participated in completing "Smithsonian Memories" sheets, writing about their fondest memories about visiting the Smithsonian.

Interviewees included: Luis Abad; John S. Anderson; Jason Bezis; Carolyn Jean Blitz; Carol Carpenter; Elizabeth Coggins; Eugene Day; Craig Deering; Sherrone Dunhamm; Kathleen Fargey; Davis Florick; Nancy Frank; Wilfred Genung-Keats; Mark Gruenberg; Wendy Heine; Catrina Hill; Francine Henderson; Mildred Henninger; Alejandre Jimenez; B. J. Kreider; Valerie Lambert; Scott Marquiss; Terry Mennefield; Heather Mitchell; Geary S. Mizuno; Richard Montoya; Fred Moosburgger; Mary Novak; Mark C. Paulett; Alexis Radokay; Christopher Robis; Richard Sacett; Lisa-Anne Samuels; Ruth Schallert, Jane Scholl; Nicole Sobotka; Krista Strider; John Vetter; Pauline Vetter; Ellis L. Yochelson; Beatrice Youngblood. In conjunction with the individual interview sessions held at the Smithsonian Institution Archives tent, 11 informal, group interview sessions were conducted with Smithsonian staff at the Narrative Stage tent.

Staff interviewees discussed their careers, daily work, and job experiences. Topics for discussion were "The Art of Scientific Illustration," "Smithsonian's America: Looking Back at an Exhibit," "Genealogy, Family History, and Preservation," "What is Repatriation?," "Looking Back at the History of Flight," "Rainforests and Elephants: Doing Fieldwork and Exhibits," "Building a National Zoo," "Keeping the Nation's Treasure House Secure," "Keeping Track of the Nation's Attic: Talking with Registrars," "Taking Care of the National Collections," and "Office of Smithsonian Archives: An Overview." Interviewees included Luis Abad; John S. Anderson; Gary Aronson; Jason Bezis; Carolyn Jean Blitz; Nigel Briggs; Lonnie G. Bunch; Carol Carpenter; Emanuel Chase; Elizabeth Coggins; William Cox; Myron Curtis; Eugene Day; Craig Deering; Sherrone Dunhamm; Jennifer Fairman; Kathleen Fargey; Davis Florick; Shelley Foote; Nancy Frank; Wilfred Genung-Keats; Frank M. Greenwell; Mark Gruenberg; Wendy Heine; Catrina Hill; Francine Henderson; Mildred Henninger; Pamela M. Henson; Lauri Hinksman Swan; Elaine R. S. Hodges; Michael Horsley; Ellen Roney Hughes; Alejandre Jimenez; Claudia Brush Kidell; B. J. Kreider; Valerie Lambert; Steve D. Lubar; Scott Marquiss; Terry Mennefield; Beth Miller; Heather Mitchell; Geary S. Mizuno; Richard Montoya; Fred Moosburgger; Karen Mudar; Mary Novak; Mark C. Paulett; Catherine Perge; Louis R. Purnell; Alexis Radokay; Doug Robinson; Christopher Robis; Mark Rothenberg; Richard Sacett; Lisa-Anne Samuels; Ruth Schallert, Jane Scholl; Wendy Ann Shay; Ikuko Shoybayshi-Turner; Nicole Sobotka; James Steed; Krista Strider; Paul Harold Theerman; William Turner; John Vetter; Pauline Vetter; Ellis L. Yochelson; Amanda Young; and Beatrice Youngblood.

Interviewers included Laurie Aceto; Martin Collins; Dan Davies; Rosa Fernandez; Terrica M. Gibson; Barbara Hart; Edie Hedlin; Chandra Heilman; Pamela Henson; Tom Lawrence; Jennifer Page; Catherine Perge; Kathleen Robinson; and Martha Rosen.

The collection consists of fifty interview sessions, totalling approximately 38 hours and 15 minutes of recordings.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9595, Smithsonian Institution 150th Birthday on the Mall Interviews

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Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-001: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Ellis Yochelson, staff, by Martha Rosen

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-002: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Francine Henderson, visitor, by Martha Rosen

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-003: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Pauline and John Vetter, visitors, by Laurie Aceto

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-004: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of John S. Anderson, visitor, by Chandra Heilman

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-005: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Scott Marquiss, staff, by Martha Rosen

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-006: August 10, 1996

Interviews

interview of Mary Novak, visitor, by Chandra Heilman

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-007: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Carolyn Jean Blitz, visitor, by Martha Rosen

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-008: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Ruth F. Schallert, staff, by Martha Rosen

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-009: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Valerie Lambert,visitor, by Chandra Heilman

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-010: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Elizabeth Coggins, visitor, by Chandra Heilman

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-011: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Mildred Henninger, staff, by Dan Davies

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-012: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Carol L. Carpenter, visitor, by Barbara Hart

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-013: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Mark C. Paulett, visitor, Barbara Hart

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-014: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Geary S. Mizuno, visitor, by Dan Davies

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-015: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Richard Sackett, visitor, by Barbara Hart

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-016: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Nancy Frank, visitor, by Barbara Hart

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-017: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of B. J. Kreider, visitor, by Rosa Fernandez

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-018: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Wilfred "Skip" Genung-Keats, visitor (benefactor), by Dan Davies

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-019: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Krista Strider, staff, by Catherine Perge

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-020: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Beatrice Youngblood, visitor, by Rosa Fernandez

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-021: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Nicole Sobotka, staff, by Rosa Fernandez

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-022: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Fred Moosburgger, visitor, by Catherine Perge

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-023: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Jason Bezis, visitor, by Rosa Fernandez

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-024: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Kathleen Fargey, staff, by Catherine Perge

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-025: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Richard Montoya, visitor, by Catherine Perge

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-026: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Craig Deering, visitor, by Catherine Perge

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-027: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Catrina Hill, staff, by Rosa Fernandez

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-028: August 10, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Gwendolyn "Wendy" Heine, visitor, by Rosa Fernandez

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-029: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Lisa-Anne Samuels, staff/visitor, by Kathleen Robinson

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-030: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Davis Florick, visitor, by Martin Collins

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-031: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Eugene Day, visitor, by Jennifer Page

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-032: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Luis Abad and Alexis Radokay, visitors, by Jennifer Page

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-033: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Terry Mennefield, staff, by Jennifer Page

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-034: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Scherrone Dunhamn, staff, by Edie Hedlin

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-035: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Jane Scholl, staff, by Edie Hedlin

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-036: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Christopher Robis, visitor, by Jennifer Nichols

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-037: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Mark Jonathan Gruenberg, visitor by Jennifer Nichols

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-038: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Alejandre Jimenez, staff, by Jennifer Nichols

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Interview - SIB/SA96-039: August 11, 1996

Interviews

Interview of Heather Mitchell, visitor, by Jennifer Nichols

Interviews

Recording of Interview: 1 audio cassette, 30 minutes

Interviews

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0040, August 10, 1996

Presentations

"The Art of Scientific Illustration," interview of Elaine Hodges and Jennifer Fairman, staff/former staff, moderated by Pam Henson

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0041: August 10, 1996

Presentations

"Smithsonian's America: Looking Back at an Exhibit," interview of Lonnie Bunch, Steve Lubar, Ellen Roney Hughes, Shelly Foote, Ikuko Shoybayshi-Turner, Nigel Briggs, Claudia Kidwell, and Mandy Young, staff/former staff, moderated by Catherine Perge

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0042: August 10, 1996

Presentations

"Genealogy, Family History, and Preservation," interview of Michael Horseley, Wendy Shay, James Steed, and Paul Theerman, staff/former staff, moderated by Kathleen Robinson

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0043: August 10, 1996

Presentations

"What is Repatriation?," interview of Gary Aronsen, Beth Miller, and Karen Mudar, staff/former staff, moderated by Tom Lawrence

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0044: August 10, 1996

Presentations

"Looking Back at the History of Flight," interview of Louis R. Purnell, staff, moderated by Terrica M. Gibson

Presentations

Recording of Presentation - 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0045: August 11, 1996

Presentations

"Rainforests and Elephants: Doing Fieldwork and Exhibits," interview of Frank Greenwell, former staff, moderated by Pam Henson

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0046: August 11, 1996

Presentations

"Building a National Zoo," interview of William Turner, staff, moderated by Jennifer Page

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0047: August 11, 1996

Presentations

"Keeping the Nation's Treasure House Secure," interview of Emanuel Chase and Myron Curtis, staff, moderated by Tom Lawrence

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0048: August 11, 1996

Presentations

"Keeping Track of the Nation's Attic: Talking with Registrars," interviews of Doug Robinson and Catherine Perge, staff, moderated by Tom Lawrence

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0049: August 11, 1996

Presentations

"Taking Care of the National Collections," interview of Lauri Hinksman (now Swann) staff, moderated by Edie Hedlin

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations

Presentation - SIB/SA96-0050: August 11, 1996

Presentations

"Office of Smithsonian Archives: An Overview," interview of Marc Rothenberg, Pamela M. Henson and William E. Cox, staff, moderated by Edie Hedlin

Presentations

Recording of Presentation: 1 audio cassette, 45 minutes

Presentations