A Modest Show of Arms: Exhibiting the Armed Forces and the Smithsonian Institution, 1945-1976 (PhD diss., George Washington University, 1999)


Creator: London, Joanne M. Gernstein


Date: 2000


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A history of plans for a military museum at the Smithsonian, none of which ever came to fruition, and of displays of military history in its museums. Includes plans for the National Armed Forces Museum after World War II.


  • National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board (NAFMAB)
  • National Armed Forces Museum
  • Military History Hall (NMAH)
  • Military History Exhibition


Smithsonian History Bibliography


Ph.D dissertation. Includes a bibliography.

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  • Military paraphernalia
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  • Museums--History
  • Military museums
  • Military history

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Number of pages : 278 Page numbers : 1-273

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