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Begin with the past : building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture / Mabel O. Wilson ; introduction by Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Wilson, Mabel (Mabel O.), (author.). Bunch, Lonnie G., (writer of introduction.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jay Co PL - Portland 720.9753 W751 (Text) 76383000445066 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch 720.9753 WIL (Text) 39391006769283 Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781588345691
  • ISBN: 1588345696
  • Physical Description: 143 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, 2016.

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Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
"The Building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture traces the making of this unparalleled museum. Founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III described it as "ten years in the making, and 100 years in the making," and Mabel O. Wilson explores that effort in her narrative. As she discovers, initial calls for a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture in the early twentieth century never got off the ground. In the late 1990s, the notion began to gain momentum from increasing public interest and Congressional support. In 2003 the museum was officially established. Yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. Wilson takes an in-depth look at the selection of the director, site, and architects in the years that followed. Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the museum is a tiered bronze beacon inviting us to understand our past and embrace our future. Wilson explores how the "four pillars" of the museum's mission shaped its powerful structure, and she teases out the rich cultural symbols and homages layered into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. This book is an important inside look at the making of a monument"-- Provided by publisher.
"The story of the vision behind and building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup.
Museum architecture > Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.) > Buildings, structures, etc.
ARCHITECTURE > Buildings > Landmarks & Monuments.
ARCHITECTURE > History > Contemporary (1945- )

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