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Assets 2021: Asset Collecting for African American Civil War to Civil Rights Exhibits


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Collecting meaningful assets for museum exhibitions always presents unique challenges. For war museums, these challenges range from finding families willing to part with such heirlooms to displaying such examples of material culture that, invariably, evoke strong feelings from some viewers. These challenges are further magnified in the United States when collecting for a museum dedicated to the American Civil War. Today, as then, most American views on any aspect of that war can be categorized as Blue or Grey. Try collecting assets for a museum dedicated to African American soldiers and sailors in the Civil War. Dr. Smith will discuss some of the challenges of his unique position and the strategies that have made him successful.

Dr. Frank Smith, PhD
This session originally aired at the Assets 2021 Annual Conference.

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