Smithsonian's New Curator of Military History Is Not Part of `PC Makeover'

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), December 4, 1996 | Go to article overview

Smithsonian's New Curator of Military History Is Not Part of `PC Makeover'


Your recent article on military history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History requires a response to give your readers a clear understanding of the facts ("PC makeover feared in Smithsonian's military update," Nov. 25).

We are about to begin a search for a new curator of military history at the National Museum of American History. This is the first curator's position we will be filling in more than two years, and the appointment of a new curator in American military history is a recognition of the importance of that field to the museum. This curator will join our already strong staff in the field of five military history collections specialists.

The new curator will be expected to have an extensive background in American military history. Most of our curators have doctorates or the equivalent in their field of specialization. We will advertise widely in museum, history and armed forces publications.

The selection will be recommended by a committee, of museum curators and outside historians, which will include an eminent military historian, an associate director of the National Museum of American History who is a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a historian and curator in the Division of History and Technology who also is a Vietnam veteran. …

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