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Bethanee Bemis

Museum Specialist

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology
B.A. in History
M.A. in Historical Studies 

Bethanee Bemis is a museum specialist with the Division of Political and Military History, where she works to ensure the physical and intellectual care of the division's collections. Her role combines collections management, exhibition development and installation, academic research and writing, and sharing objects and their stories with the public. Her current research area regards Disney theme parks as locations for the collective memory of the national narrative.

Research Specialties: 

Public history, collections-based material culture research, public memory, political history, Disney and public history, White House history


Museum specialist for: “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden”, “First Ladies at the Smithsonian”, “Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life”, “A First Lady’s Debut” and “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith”

Articles with affiliate partners:

The Laptops That Powered the American Revolution (Zócalo Public Square)
How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experience (Smithsonian Magazine)

Epcot Just got a New Smithsonian Museum Exhibition (Smithsonian Magazine)