Tuesday, November 10, 2009
2:00 – 2:50 pm EST
Allan Needell, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
Margaret Weitekamp, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
Cathleen Lewis, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
How do museum curators determine which artifacts to select for the Smithsonian collections? What can artifacts tell us about history? Join NASM curators Alan Needell, Margaret Weitekamp, and Cathy Lewis as they discuss the significance of several Apollo artifacts, including the Command Module “Columbia,” spacesuits, and Gene Kranz’s vest. Learn the unique stories of each artifact and what they reveal about the larger historical narrative of Cold War America. NASM educators Tim Grove and Mychalene Giampaoli will provide helpful suggestions for teaching with objects in the classroom.