Episode 14

14. Early Interpretive Planning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

December 12th, 2016

11 mins 59 secs

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Image: Guard tower from Camp H at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola at the National Museum Of African American History And Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened in September 2016. Today we will talk to some of the people who were thinking about the museum in 2007.

Sara Smith and Andrew Anway were part of the Interpretive Planing team. They discuss NMAAHC director Lonnie Bunch's guiding principals for the museum as a whole, trips to other museums during the planning process, and the mission to show that what is happening in culture today is rooted in the past.

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Topcis Discussed: 

00:00: Intro
00:30: Sara Smith and Andy Anway
01:12: National Museum of the American Indian
02:59: Guiding Principles of NMAAHC
06:59: Guard tower from Camp H at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
08:50: Where in History Does the Museum Start? 
09:44: The Museum Today
11:24: Getting The Museum Built