Wag more, bark less

I saw that slogan on a bumper sticker this morning on my way to work and I thought it was a pretty great description of the changes we’re making to our public programs for reopening. We’re calling our new programmatic focus “Conversational Interpretation,” which means: “we want to talk less at you and give you more opportunities to talk back.” We want to wag more, bark less.

It’s taking shape before our eyes - but what is it?

The "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing?  A new death-defying roller coaster? 

Olympic feats

Jim Thorpe. Gertrude Ederle. Sonja Henie. Bobby Morrow. Muhammad Ali. Michael Jordan. Brian Boitano. Bonnie Blair. Kristi Yamaguchi. Dominique Dawes. Mia Hamm.

Home is where the heart is

Each year, dozens of interns find a home at the museum.  As an intern in the New Media Program this summer, I have assisted with the development and launch of this blog. In the coming weeks, a new series, “Intern Perspectives,” will feature blog posts written by my fellow interns about the ways we are learning from museum staff and contributing to their work.

Putting the prong in place

A few days ago the museum took another step toward our reopening by installing the giant prong that will hold up the abstract flag.

What’s your favorite version of the Star-Spangled Banner?

The centerpiece of the museum’s renovation is the brand-new state-of-the-art home for the Star-Spangled Banner. Yes, the Star-Spangled Banner mentioned in the national anthem. In its accompanying exhibit, you’ll be able to hear different versions of the national anthem—both historical and contemporary.

The light at the end of the tunnel

It has certainly been exciting around the Museum lately.  As a member of the External Affairs team, I often provide tours of the construction zone to friends of the Museum, visitors, and staff.  In this role, I am fortunate to have a first-hand perspective on the progress being made toward the Museum's transformation.

Announcing the Big Date

Last week we finally answered everyone’s most burning question: When will the museum reopen? November 21!

At a much anticipated press event, TV, radio, and print reporters donned hard hats and listened as Director Brent Glass talked about the progress of the renovation—underway since September 2006—and announced the opening date.

Food for thought

When the museum reopens, visitors will clamor to see the Star-Spangled Banner (the flag that inspired the national anthem), they’ll admire our new, brightly lit space and open floor plan, and they will likely seek out a favorite exhibit.  But most folks also have a second agenda that is just as compelling as the first—to have lunch and to go shopping for souvenirs and gifts.  In a museum filled with historians and curators and exhibit d

Moments of fame on The Today Show

Within hours of the museum announcing our grand reopening date of November 21, the staff got this email message: “This is your chance to be on The Today Show! Al Roker, NBC's weatherman, will be at the Washington Monument tomorrow, July 31, and will be live every 1/2 hour beginning at 6:51 a.m.  We are looking for early morning volunteers who would hold up a 15-star flag and wear hard hats.”