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Collection Highlights: The Seismichrone

Friday, November 22, 2019

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar An interesting and rare device was recently donated to the Museum’s permanent collection.  The Seismichrone was developed, manufactured and sold by local inventor and engineer, Charles A. Wall.  He designed the device for use by engineers and contractors who needed to...

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Everyday Preservation Activities in Collections Storage

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

By Nancy Bateman and Laura Hicken, Registrars The main goal of the collections department at the National Building Museum is to help preserve our artifact collections so they can be researched, exhibited and available for generations to come. The majority of our preservation efforts involve...

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A Warm Welcome to the Petite Princess Collection

Friday, August 9, 2019

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar “The fulfillment of every girl’s dream. Here, at last are beautifully detailed, hand crafted furniture and accessories to fill many hours of fanciful play. Collect it – play with it – make room arrangements to capture the fancy of any Petite Princess.” –...

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Space in our Collections

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969 commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle. In commemorating Apollo 11’s anniversary we looked into our Museum Collections to see where architecture intersects with the stars. Paper Models Collection, Gift of...

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Getting Organized Day 1

Behind the Scenes: Packing up the 20th Century Souvenir Buildings Collection

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Grand California Tour By Nancy Bateman, Registrar Last month the National Building Museum’s collections department staff and volunteers spent ten days in California packing up our newest donation: the 3,069-piece 20th Century Souvenir Buildings Collection, donated by David Weingarten. It was a herculean task...

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