Great Americans


Madeleine K. Albright and David M. RubensteinThe Great Americans award program is supported by David M. Rubenstein, a member of the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents, and includes a conversation with the recipient and the presentation of a newly minted museum medal that recognizes lifetime contributions that embody American ideals and ideas.

The Great Americans award will be presented annually to up to four recipients and includes an interview with the awardee moderated by Rubenstein and the opportunity for the museum to add objects to the national collections.