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February 27, 2009


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That's the way to do it!

Carrie Kotcho

Hi Eric - We had planned to create an entire podcast series around the Meet Our Museum program with wrap around activity guides targeted for use by middle and high school teachers and students. Unfortunately, the grant we applied for did not come in and we have no funding for that part of the project. Nearly all our educational materials and web resources are funded through private and corporate donations and grants which makes it hard to capitalize on all the great ideas and creativity going on here. My colleague Mike Johnson from our Development office did a great post about how things get funded at the Smithsonian. http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2008/09/mike-j-blank-po.html

That being said, we are a pretty resourceful bunch. None of us wanted to see to lose these talks forever, so we’re currently looking at which talks might best fit within the 5-12 curriculum and are doing some “guerilla” style videos of them to share online. Thanks for your comment!

Eric Langhorst

Hello. Are there any plans to record these "Meet the Museum" talks and then release them as a podcast? I would love to hear some of these stories but won't be able to visit in person.

Eric Langhorst

Richard Complainary

Visiting the Smithsonian was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

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