Publications

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

"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.

“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.

“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.

"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.

"Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis." Notable American Women. Vol. 5, forthcoming. Harvard University Press.

A biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis examining how her earlier life prepared her for social entertaining and restoration of the White House. Her role in crafting the image of the Kennedy administration.

"Be a Party Girl: Campaign Appeals to Women." Hail to the Candidate: Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Explores how national political parties crafted voting appeals to women before and after the passage of suffrage. How
women's voting patterns affected elections.

"Introduction to Woman Suffrage." Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote. New Sage Press, 1995.

Explores the tactics, strategies, and imagery women used in their struggle to win the right to vote.

The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies: Their Lives, Times and Issues. Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Explores the lives and impact of First Ladies in the contexts of the presidential administrations and the issues of the day.

First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image. with Denise D. Meringolo. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 1994.
“Fava Beans and Báhn Mì: Ethnic Revival and the New New Orleans Gumbo.” Quaderni Storici 51 no. 1 (April 2016): 71-102. Special issue: Food, Migration, and Mobility in Historical Perspective: Nineteenth to Twenty-First Century.
Research Budgets in an Age of Limits (co-editor, with Klaus-Dirk Henke and Hans-Liudger Dienel) vol. 2 Europaische Schriften zu Staat und Wirtschaft, ed. Klaus-Dirk Henke (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2000).

Collection of articles on effect of declining state budgets on national scientific and research institutions, including the work of museums and other cultural institutions.

Inventing for the Environment, co-editor with Joyce Bedi. (Cambridge, Mass..: MIT Press, 2003).

Book of essays resulting from a multidisciplinary conference on the role of invention in mitigating environmental problems.

“Exhibiting Science in Historical Context: the Case of ‘Science in American Life,’” Museum Anthropology, 2003, 26, 1: 37–49.

A cultural study of boundary problems in the development of modern science exhibitions.

“Environmental Planning for National Regeneration: Techno-cities in New Deal America and Nazi Germany,” with Robert Kargon, in Inventing for the Environment (Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 2003). ed. Arthur Molella and Joyce Bedi, pp. 107–129.
Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert H. Kargon) Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2008

A study of cities centered on large technological projects

The Longue Duree of Abbott Payson Usher: A History of Mechanical Inventions Technology and Culture, October 2005, 46: 779-96 

A Study of a pioneer in the history of technology and invention

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