Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Pamela Henson

Pamela Henson directs the Institutional History program, Smithsonian Archives and is Historian in Residence, American University. With a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science, research interests include history of the Smithsonian, museums, natural history, women in science, and use of visual materials and oral history. Publications in 2018 include “Looking at Culture through an Artist’s Eyes: William Henry Holmes and Exploration of Native American Archaeology” and “American Zoos: A Shifting Balance between Recreation and Conservation.” She co-curated Welcome to Your Smithsonian, Smithsonian Castle, 2015--. Recent awards include 2015 American Historical Association Feis Award for Public History and Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, 2014.

A student in Evansville, Wisconsin explores a 3D model of a 19th century life mask of President Abraham Lincoln from the National Portrait Gallery’s collections in his school’s computer lab. (Terry Medalen)

The Smithsonian’s Evolving Role as the Nation’s Knowledge Partner

Museum education has had a long, ever evolving history at the Smithsonian that can be found at the heart of its mission today.