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Smithsonian Material Culture Forum

Smithsonian Staff
The Material Culture Forum was organized in 1988 with a mission of maintaining the sense of a scholarly community throughout the Smithsonian museums, libraries, and research and cultural centers. The Forum provides staff with regular opportunities to interact with their colleagues in other disciplines, to share information about their fields, to think about different directions in their research, to develop new collaborative projects, or to just learn. The Forum considers topics from the vast world of objects that the Smithsonian collects, preserves, studies, and presents. Quarterly meetings of the Forum are open to all, including members of the outside academic community. 

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The Magic Boxes of D-Day: How One Humble Invention Helped Make Operation Neptune Possible

<p><em>This presentation will focus on how technology can be simple but when employed in an innovative fashion, also transformative.</em></p> <p>Presenter: <strong><strong>Frank Blazich, Jr., PhD</strong>;</strong> Lead Curator of Military History at the National Museum of American History<br /><br />#112MCF</p>
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum
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Exploring Robert Capa's Iconic D-Day Photographs

<p><i>Revisiting what we know and value about some of the most well-known photographs of the historic landing on Omaha Beach.</i></p> <p><i>Presenter: </i><b>Shannon Thomas Perich</b> is curator of the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, </p><p><i>#112MCF</i><i><br /></i></p>
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum
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Gratitude, Trauma and Repression: D-Day in French and American Collective Memory

<p><em>This presentation will focus on personalizing the memory of D-Day: how do memorials create official versus vernacular/local/personal memory? How does material culture inform memory? Whose responsibility is it to maintain memorials? Who gets remembered? Who gets forgotten?</em><br /></p><p>Presenter: <strong>Kate Clarke Lemay, PhD; H</strong>istorian at the National Portrait Gallery </p><p>#112MCF</p> <p></p>
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum
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Belonging in War and Nation: Latina/os and World War II

<p><i>This presentation highlights the experiences of Latinos in D-Day and discusses the significance of Latina/o participation during World War II.</i><br /></p><p>Presenter: <b>Laura L. Oviedo</b>; Smithsonian fellow in the Division of Political and Military History at the National Museum of American History and a PhD candidate of twentieth-century American history at Texas A&amp;M University<br /></p><p>#112MCF</p>
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum
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"I Hardly Know Where to Start": Personal Narratives of D-Day within the Veterans History Project Collection, Library of Congress

<p><i>This presentation will include a discussion of two unique items--a scrapbook and a personal diary—submitted by D-Day veterans Felix Adams and Homer Hall to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress</i>.</p><p>Presenter: <b>Megan Harris</b> is the senior reference specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress<br /><br />#112MCF</p>
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum
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African Americans, D-Day and World War II

<p><i>This presentation will highlight African Americans on D-Day, using a few select objects from the D-Day invasion currently on display at NMAAHC. It will also emphasize other African American experiences during World War II</i>.</p><p>Presenter: <b>Retired U.S. Army Colonel Krewasky A. Salter, PhD</b> is a guest associate curator and advisor at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where he curated the inaugural exhibition <i>Double Victory: The African American Military Experience</i>.<br /></p><p>#112MCF<br /></p>
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum
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