A very merry Material Culture Forum

The Smithsonian Forum on Material Culture invites all Smithsonian staff and Forum members to attend its  “A Very Merry Material Culture Forum” on December 3, 2012 at the Smithsonian Castle.

GROUNDS TOUR: 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. “Holiday Traditions at the Smithsonian,” Cynthia Brown, manager of collections and education, Smithsonian Gardens. Meet at the Holiday Tree in the Castle (Open and free to all, without RSVP)

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Castle Library. (Open and free to all, without RSVP)

  • Introduction: Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • “Sex, Power, and ‘Initiative’ in Holiday Postcards, 1905-1915” Dan Gifford, research analyst, Office of Advancement
  • “Naughty or Nice? When Artists Push the Envelope of Handmade Holiday Cards” Mary Savig, archives specialist, Archives of American Art
  • “From Macy’s to Ocean City: The Floating World of Bill Tracy,” Larry Bird, curator of political history, National Museum of American History

RECEPTION 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Schermer Hall, open and free to all, without RSVP.

BUFFET DINNER AND DISCUSSION 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Commons, open to all by reservation, $30.00 per person. A limited number of tickets are available for fellows and interns for $20.00 per person.

Moderated by Betty Belanus, curator and education specialist, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

To reserve a place for dinner,  please pay directly at:

General Staff ($30) —

Fellows and Interns ($20) —

Posted: 30 November 2012
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