Special Member-Only Events

Among the many benefits of the Smithsonian Council for American History, members are regularly invited to events and programming with Museum leadership and expert curatorial staff. In addition to going behind the scenes, members have exclusive opportunities to learn about new initiatives and learn about Museum news first.

Previous events include:

Behind the Scenes of Puppetry in America

Guests were treated to a behind-the-scenes presentation of the history of Puppetry in America with curator Dwight Blocker Bowers.  In addition to learning about the history of puppetry, members enjoyed a private reception in the Presidential Suite with an opportunity to view many puppets up-close from the Museum’s extraordinary collection, including Kermit the Frog, Elmo, Howdy Doody and more!



Join the Conversation: An Education Center for American History

Members participated in a phone and webcast presentation to preview the Museum’s new Education Center, set to open in 2015 in our transformed west wing.   Judy Gradwohl, MacMillan Associate Director for Education and Public Program, led this discussion on the Education Center and national outreach with education. 



Discovery of an American Slave Ship

Curator Paul Johnston has identified the approximate location of the only known American slave ship that went down with all the enslaved Africans onboard.  He shared his discovery of this shipwreck and efforts to recover the ship and its history.  Guests enjoyed a reception and discussion with Paul, in addition to a hands-on program that shared Paul’s research through touchable props.