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Sarah Leavitt


Phone: 202.272.2448, ext. 3455
Email: sleavitt@nbm.org

Will accept inquiries about:

Parking garages
History of housing & home life


House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage
October 17, 2009 - July 11, 2010

House & Home

Green Schools
March 3, 2013 - January 5, 2014


Cool & Collected (Literally)

March 4, 2014

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions, a new exhibition highlighting items from the National Building Museum's collection, features objects representing many different facets of the built environment. Get a preview of some of the fascinating objects before the exhibition opens Saturday, March 8.
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Cleaning Up the Cleaning Industry

March 1, 2013

Jeff Hawkins, director of custodial services for the Provo City School District in Provo, Utah, spoke with National Building Museum co-curator Sarah Leavitt about his award-winning work at Dixon Middle School for which he and his team recently received the Best Cleaning Industry Environmental Program Award.
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The Day I Bought an Easy Bake Oven

May 8, 2012

House & Home curator Sarah Leavitt reveals the unorthodox and amusing story behind a wall of household objects that have both shaped and been shaped by American experiences of home.
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Green Garages: Oxymoron or Objective?

March 17, 2010

Sarah Leavitt, the curator of House of Cars, and Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator of the recent exhibition Green Community, which surveyed outstanding examples of sustainable urban design, planning, and infrastructure, assess the past and present roles of parking garages in cities and their potential to contribute to more sustainable urbanism in the future.
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Inside the Lines: Parking and Social Stratification

January 22, 2010

In this essay, Sarah Leavitt looks at the history of segregation in parking, focusing on racial segregation in the mid 20th century.
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Brown University, MA, Museum Studies, 1994; PhD, American Civilization, 1999
Wesleyan University, BA, American Studies, 1992

Research Interests

Parking garages
History of housing and home decoration in 19th & 20th century America
Online communities

Selected Publications

"Who's Your Daddy: Fatherhood on Veronica Mars," (with Lewis A. Leavitt) in Veronica Mars Collection, Rhonda V. Wilcox and Sue Turnbull, eds., (Forthcoming 2010 from McFarland & Company, Inc.).
"A Private Little Revolution: The Home Pregnancy Test Kit in American Culture," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80:2 (Summer 2006): 317-345.
From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
"It Was Always a Good Thing: Historical Precedents for Martha Stewart," American Studies 42:2 (Summer 2001): 125-131.

Professional Background

Adjunct Assistant Professor (2007), American University, Washington, DC
Associate Historian (2002-2006), Office of NIH History & Stetten Museum, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
Historian II (2000-2002), History Associates Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland
Manager of Historical Resources (1998-1999), Women of the West Museum, Boulder, Colorado