What motivates donors to give to museums? As a development intern at the National Museum of American History, I was curious to find out.One of the most rewarding experiences during my internship was my conversation with long-time museum supporters John and Ellen Thompson.
The name Alexander Graham Bell has become indelibly tied to the telephone (so much so that I'm surprised we don't call those handheld lifelines Bell phones instead of cell phones). It was 100 years ago this very week that Bell placed the first transcontinental telephone call.
It was a cold January afternoon 150 years ago this week. Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was working in his office on the second floor of the building commonly known as the "Castle.