November 1, 2013

Preserving Public Memory

Brent Glass

Marcia Franklin talks with Brent Glass, Ph.D., director emeritus of the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, about the ways in which museums, historic sites and memorials are increasingly involving the public in their exhibits, and the importance of preserving public memory.

Glass, a member of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission, also talks about the development of a memorial to the passengers on United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011 after the plane was hijacked.

During his tenure as director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History from 2002-2012, Glass oversaw the largest renovation of the museum in its history. He is currently writing a book on 50 historical landmarks in the United States that illustrate important themes in American history.

In a web extra, Franklin and Glass continue their discussion, focusing on the exhibits he helped curate at the Smithsonian.