The article uses the acquisition and exhibition of the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter as a lens for examining, collecting, and interpreting the recent past. Explores the role of memory; meaning and representation; curatorial roles and obligations; politics; and race in doing public history at the Smithsonian Institution.
William H. Yeingst
B.A., Allegheny College, 1976
- American social history
- Household and family life with an emphasis on domestic furnishings
- 18,000 square foot introductory exhibition on American history, opening 2007
- Small exhibitions on collecting artifacts from September 11, 2001, and childhood and toys
- Acquisition of a 1949 ranch model house from Levittown, New York
- Conducts research, collects objects, and answers public inquiries for the Division of Social History's Domestic Life Collection
- Numerous exhibitions on topics such as the sit-in at the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth lunch counter; the "Sixties;" Levittown, New York; American families in photographs; daily life after the American Revolution; collecting September 11, 2001.
- Collecting initiatives to preserve and document the events of September 11, 2001, American domestic furnishings, family history; and youth cultures.
- Television appearances such as This Old House; CBS Sunday Morning, PBS Live
Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship in American Decorative Arts, 1975
The George Washington University
Parsons School of Design
A discussion of some of the issues faced in exhibiting an icon of the American civil rights movement.
Learn how a portion of the Woolworth lunch counter from Greensboro, North Carolina, became part of the American civil rights movement collection at the National Museum of American History.