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Daniel Gifford

Ph.D., 2011. George Mason University. American History
Master of Arts, 2007. George Mason University. American History
Master of Arts, 1999. Washington University in St. Louis. International Affairs
Bachelor of Journalism, 1992. University of Missouri, Columbia. Advertising

Role in Museum: 

Daniel Gifford, Ph.D. is the former Manager of Museum Advisory Committees. In his position Dan creates and staffs a variety of advisory committees for the museum, including ones dedicated to food and wine; immigration and migration; and American entertainment and culture. His outreach programs help the Museum plan and execute upcoming exhibitions and programs.


In addition to his work in External Affairs, Dan has used his expertise in American history and American culture (especially holiday culture) to contribute blog posts, articles, and lectures to the Museum’s educational outreach. He also serves on the steering committee of the Smithsonian’s Material Culture Forum, and has contributed pan-institutionally to Smithsonian programs including the Smithsonian Associates; The Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposia; and the Smithsonian exhibition "Inside Insights: Photographs by the Smithsonian Community."


“Were Christmas Cards America’s First Social Media?” Zócalo Public Square “What it Means to be American” series, December 2014.
“Star-Spangled Turkeys: Patriotism in Thanksgiving Postcards.” The Ephemera Journal. Vol. 17, No. 1, September 2014.
American Holiday Postcards, 1905-1915: Imagery and Context. McFarland Press, 2013.

Examines deep divides at the height of the Progressive Era as expressed through holidays and holiday imagery.

“Rural Americans, Postcards, and the Fiscal Transformation of the Post Office Department, 1909-1911.” The Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposia: Selected papers, 2010-2011. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012.
“Star-Spangled Turkeys: Patriotism in the Visual Culture of Thanksgiving, 1863-1913.” Mid-Atlantic Almanack. Vol. 16, 2007.