Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

“Both an Honor and an Advantage: American Art Potters and the Smithsonian” in Style 1900, Spring 2001.

An article on the relationship between the Smithsonian and art pottery makers in the late 19th and early 20th century.

“A New and Finer Era: Innovation, Expansion, and the Cambridge Tile Manufacturing Company,” in The Tile Heritage Journal, Spring 2003.

An article about a Kentucky tile making firm that donated some of its products to the Smithsonian in 1899.

"Report of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Points of Light Initiative Foundation," with Patty Wise, Government Printing Office, December 1990.
"Report of the Task Force on International Education," with Jean McDonald, National Governors’ Association, February 1989.
“The Japanese Agricultural Workers’ Program: Race, Labor, and Cold War Diplomacy in the Fields, 1956-1965.”
From Ephemeral to Enduring:The Politics of Recording and Exhibiting Bracero Memory
Unionizing the Impossible: Ernesto Galarza and Alianza de Braceros Confront PL78
Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. University of North Carolina Press,
Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. University of North Carolina Press,
Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. University of North Carolina Press,
“Can Museums Allow Online Users to Become Participants?” In The Digital Museum: A Think Guide, ed. Herminia Din and Phyllis Hecht. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2007.
“Web 2.0 and Museums.” History News (American Association for State and Local History), Autumn 2007.

Explains the basics of Web 2.0 and what benefits user participation might hold for museums.

"Do We Need a Social Media Policy?" Museum (American Association of Museums), November-December 2010

This contribution to the magazine's "You Asked for It" department answers common questions about museums and social media policies.

“Building a Robust and Fully-Integrated Web Program.” In Museums and the Web 2006: Proceedings, ed. J. Trant and D. Bearman. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, 2006. http://www.archimuse.com/mw2006/papers/macarthur/macarthur.html.

Describes the factors involved in building a successful online strategy and designing a museum Web site.

"Get Real! The Role of Objects in the Digital Age." In Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, ed. Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski. Philadelphia: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2011.

Examines the respective merits of physical and digital museum objects for purposes of research, education, and emotional connection.

"Museums Remixed." Exhibitionist (National Association for Museum Exhibition), Fall 2007.

Recaps and restates principles discussed in two "Museums Remixed" sessions presented at the 2007 AAM annual conference.

“Electronic Outreach at the National Museum of American History.” The Federalist (Society for History in the Federal Government), Fall 2006.

A summary of electronic outreach offerings at the Museum.

One Nation Under Gods: A New American History. Little, Brown, 2015.
Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead. Henry Holt, 2009.
Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and their Son. Free Press, 2005.
American Material Culture: The Shape of Things Around Us, ed. Bowling Green University Press, 1984.

A collection of essays exploring the use of material culture artifacts as primary resources for scholarly research.

"Collecting the Twentieth Century." Museum Curatorship: Rhetoric vs. Reality. University of Delaware, 1987.

The importance of 20th-century collecting to museums and the new angles of vision needed to build a contemporary collection.

"Eleanor Roosevelt's Clothing." The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2001.

Explores Eleanor Roosevelt's style and approach to fashion and dress.

"First Ladies." ed. (Special Issue) Magazine of History, Vol. 15, No. 3, Spring, 2001.

A collection of essays that explores teaching American history with a First Ladies curriculum with suggested approaches, resources, lesson plans.

"Party Politics: The Political Impact of the First Ladies' Social Role." The Social Science Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, Elsevier Science Inc., 2000.

This article examines how First Ladies have used social entertaining to advance their husbands' political agendas and how they have "imaged" presidential administrations.

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