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Foundations of Public Service: Visit More Museums

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Public Works & Architecture:

  • Shreveport Water Works Museum

    • The McNeill Street Pumping Station of Louisiana is located near downtown Shreveport on the banks of Cross Bayou, and is Shreveport’s original waterworks. It is directed by McNeill Street Pumping Station Preservation Society, a non-profit corporation formed in 1999 for the purpose of promoting and assisting in the preservation and restoration of the plant through conversion of appropriate portions of the plant into a technological and cultural museum.

  • Boulder City Hoover Dam Museum

    • The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the Southern Nevada desert to build Hoover Dam and Boulder City. The purpose of collection activities for the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association is to (1) acquire, research, and preserve materials concerning the history and development of Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Lower Colorado River region; as well as materials representing the historical period 1920 - 1945; (2) to make such materials available for study; and, (3) create themed exhibits of community interest.

  • National Archives

    • Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate at the National Archives (Record Group 46), Chapter 16. Records of the Committee on Public Works and Related Committees, 1820-1968.

Public Service Profession:

  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

    • President Ford's remarks upon taking the Oath of Office

  • The Presidents - The U.S. White House

    • The Whitehouse presents here a full set of biographies of the all the Presidents, who have led the United States of America. Biographies of the First Ladies are also documented here.

  • The National Women's History Museum

    • This Museum researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of the U.S. in the context of world history.

Postal Service:

Museums

  • National Postal Museum

    • The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993. The National Postal Museum gratefully acknowledges the continued support and commitment of the United States Postal Service, and uses exhibits, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world

  • The Museum of Postal History

    • The Museum of Postal History, Inc is a non-profit historical and educational repository and museum whose mission is to educate the public about the development of America, its technology and its culture through the influences of the US Mail. Its staff seeks to utilize its exhibits and artifacts to educate the public as we continue to develop programming that will engage learners of all ages.

  • Online Exhibits at the National Postal Museum

    • The online database of the National Postal Museum, Arago™ is resource to the study of philately and postal perations as seen through the National Postal Museum's collection.

  • Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History

    • The Spellman Museum is a center of learning and activities for people of all ages. It will preserve, enhance and expand its collections, library and facilities as a philatelic trust for the education and entertainment of the general public; to promote the hobby of stamp collecting and to be a resource for historians. 

Libraries

  • APRL (American Philatelic Research Library)

    • The APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services.

  • Collectors Club Library (New York)

    • The Collectors Club maintains a library of approximately 150,000 volumes for the free use of the public. Visitors can research or browse through thousands of philatelic publications, comprehensive groups of historical periodicals and extensive runs of priced auction catalogues. Scholars and historians have free access and use of the library and are referred to the library by the New York Public Library, educational institutions and philatelic groups throughout the world.

  • Postal History Foundation

    • The mission of the Postal History Foundation is to promote an appreciation of stamp collecting and postal history through the preservation of philatelic and postal history collections, literature and documents, and the enhancement of youth education using stamps as teaching tools.

  • Post Office Records at the National Archives

    • Post office records may deliver interesting information to the genealogical researcher seeking more information about an ancestor or an ancestor's community. Microfilmed records include postmaster appointment records and records showing the location of post offices.

  • Art of the Stamp

    • On view are 100 original drawings and artworks that were used to create postage stamps, including entries for the famous Elvis stamp design competition.

Elected Public Servants:

  • “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls”

    • This is a multifaceted traveling exhibition that includes visual displays, three-dimensional artifacts, pictures and other memorabilia of Robert Smalls, his life and his family. Robert Smalls was the first African-American hero of the Civil War.  He was later appointed to the rank of Major General in the South Carolina Militia during the Reconstruction period. From 1869 to 1889, he served in both houses of the South Carolina Legislature and was elected to five terms in the United States Congress.  His most important legislation during his five terms in Congress was a bill that led to the creation of Parris Island Marine Base in South Carolina.

  • The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

    • This exhibition explores the personal, public, ceremonial and executive actions of the 43 men who have had a huge impact on the course of history in the past 200 years. More than 900 objects, including national treasures from the Smithsonian’s vast presidential collections, bring to life the role of the presidency in American culture.

  • Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression

    • Franklin D. Roosevelt, president during the Great Depression, used stamps to communicate with the American people.

  • Franklin and His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America

    • Portraits of men who shared a passion for science.

  • George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years

    • A look at the Washington’s from the perspective of their contemporaries.

  • Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"

    • This exhibition reveals how one of America's greatest political cartoonists—Herbert Lawrence Block—viewed the American presidency for most of the 20th century.

  • Presidents in Waiting

    • If some still remain unconvinced about the significance of the vice president and those who occupied it, this exhibition shows that most of the vice presidents who succeeded to the presidency were highly capable political figures with the experience and aptitude to be president.

Timelines of Public Service:

  • National Museum of American History

    • The Museum hosts a full roster of public programs, from demonstrations, lectures and tours to storytelling and festivals. Music programs offer performances by chamber music ensembles, a jazz orchestra, gospel choirs, folk and blues artists, Native American singers, dancers, and more. The brand new Nina and Ivan Selin Welcome Center allows for expanded visitor information services with increased one-on-one contact.

  • Museum of the City of New York

    • The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

  • America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York

    • Three decades before Rudolph Giuliani was dubbed “America’s Mayor,” John V. Lindsay was, for a time, the urban leader to whom the whole nation looked. Young, energetic, and idealistic, he campaigned on a platform of change and optimism. Lindsay’s agenda included many of the signature liberal policies of the day—support for civil rights, the war on poverty, mobilization of the power of government to build a better society. Even more, he envisioned a new kind of city life, asserting that the American future depended on sustaining urban ideals of diversity, density, and creativity.

  • 150th Commemoration of the Civil War

    • The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery took part in the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln with a series of seven related exhibitions. The exhibitions complemented the installation of Civil War portraits and related objects that are on display in the museum’s “American Origins,” exhibition which charts the nation's story from pre-colonial days through the end of the nineteenth century.

  • 1812: A Nation Emerges (National Portrait Gallery)

    • You can learn about key people who influenced the outcome of the War of 1812, which transformed and unified the United States.

  • 1846: Portrait of the Nation

    • To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian, this exhibition looks back at the America of 1846.

  • A Brush with History: Paintings (National Portrait Gallery)

    • The portraits reflect the range of the gallery's collection, from Joseph Siffred Duplessis' 1785 classic depiction of Benjamin Franklin to Andy Warhol's 1984 pop portrait of singer Michael Jackson.

  • American Origins, 1600-1900

    • This exhibition starts from the days of contact between Native Americans and European explorers through the struggles of independence to the Gilded Age.