Museums Gather Protest Signs, Art + Ephemera to Preserve as Historical Artifacts

In an attempt to record the unified movement and emotional temperature of the present day, nine curators from three Smithsonian museums—including the National Museum of African American History and Culture—conversed with protestors and collected their discarded signs beside the art-covered temporary security fence near Lafayette Square. This aligns with a recent initiative from museums, referred to as “rapid response collecting,” aimed at gathering ephemera in …

5,000+ Objects Coming to the International Spy Museum

Spy Museum board member H Keith Melton is kindly offering up some 5,000+ personally collected objects to the collection. Since the 1970s, Melton has been gathering all kinds of trickery and tools used by spies—from a piece of a spy plane to “the axe used to hack exiled Soviet communist Leon Trotsky to death and even a 13-foot-long spy submarine from World War II.” Unsurprisingly …