A Washington Battle In Which We Are All Winners

By James A. Kidney There is a battle going on in Washington.  No, not health care. Not Democrats and Republicans, either; at least, not the current crop.  It is being fought at two corners of Constitution Avenue and 14th Street, N.W.  It is a battle in which we all are winners. I am speaking of the “battle” between the newly energized Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the nine-month-old Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture.  Don’t let anyone tell you there is not competition among the Smithsonians in Washington.  As a volunteer at both of the aforementioned, I can assure you that, although it is friendly, these museums across 14th Street from each other know they are competing.   It is a grand contest. African-American opened last September with a speech from President Obama and has been pretty much packed ever since — deservedly so.  It is a wonderful … Read more of this post . . .

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