The New Head of the Smithsonian Thinks Americans Can Find a Middle Ground in Museums

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The 14th secretary of the Smithsonian, Lonnie G. Bunch III, on his new job, the value of pandas and how to make the past personal You've said you can tell a lot about a place by what it deems worth preserving. What does the Smithsonian say about America? When I started in '89 at [the National Museum of] American History, the collections reflected a 1950s interpretation of America--great men or women.

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