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Reinventing Government: The Transformation of America's Postal System
July 1, 1996 – March 13, 1998

Editorial cartoons and contemporary accounts shed light on the events surrounding the 1971 Postal Reform Act, which transformed the Post Office Department, then a federal agency, into the United States Postal Service.

Postal Museum
Paintings by Masami Teraoka
June 30, 1996 – January 1, 1997

Examine contemporary issues that portray the realities of the late 20th century, including human sexuality, gender, morality, race, and culture as identity in 32 watercolor paintings and 3 prints by this Japanese-born, Hawaii-based artist.

Sackler Gallery
Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story
June 28, 1996 – June 30, 2006

A rotating selection of objects from the collection of Jeanette Cantrell Rudy sheds light on the Federal Duck Stamp program.

Postal Museum
Crossroads Alaska: Native Cultures of Alaska and Siberia
June 27, 1996 – August 8, 1996

Miniatures and models illustrate the diversity and ingenuity of the cultures and peoples of the North Pacific.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 21st Century (Monumental Core)
June 24, 1996 – January 1, 1997

A 12 x 17 foot model and video kiosks from the National Capital Planning Commission set forth the Commission's vision for Washington, D.C. in the new century.  

American History Museum
Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s
June 20, 1996 – September 15, 1996

Works in diverse media trace an attitude of social and cultural dismay among 10 internationally based artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
1996 Presidential Scholars in the Arts: Scholars in the Visual Arts and Scholars in Writing
June 20, 1996 – July 14, 1996

Take in 8 paintings, 7 photographs, and 5 excerpts from written works by 1996 Presidential Scholars.

American Art Museum
Artists at Work: A Smithsonian Celebration of Staff Creativity
June 18, 1996 – August 11, 1996

See an exhibition that showcases the creative talents of Smithsonian staff and complements the 1996 Folklife Festival theme Working at the Smithsonian.

Ripley Center
Mysterious Manatees
June 14, 1996 – January 19, 1997

Visit 15 black-and-white photographs by Karen Glaser that depict Florida manatees in their underwater habitat.  

Natural History Museum
Our History: Washington, D.C. in the 1800s
June 10, 1996 – August 30, 1996

See face masks and banners and read first-person anecdotes by elementary school students that explore African American history during the early 19th-century

Anacostia Community Museum
Lost & Found: Edmonia Lewis's Cleopatra Lost & Found: Edmonia Lewis's Cleopatra
June 7, 1996 – April 14, 1997

See the life and work of Edmonia Lewis, a nineteenth-century African American sculptor.

American Art Museum
Third High School Photography Competition
June 3, 1996 – June 9, 1996

See 100 photographs by high school finalists from the Metropolitan Washington area.

American Art Museum
The Mighty Marlin
June 1, 1996 – September 25, 1996

On display is a mounted 1,560 pound black marlin that has held the world record since 1953. 

Natural History Museum
Ancestral Memories: A Tribute to Native American Survival
May 19, 1996 – July 21, 1996

See 20 mixed-media works and photos by Native Americans that commemorate the life and work of Native Americans in history and celebrate American Indian history and culture across generations.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Partial Recall: Photographs of Native North Americans
May 19, 1996 – July 21, 1996

Explore the relationship between photography and identity in this 2-part exhibition of historical photographs of Native peoples and contemporary works by Native American photographers.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion
May 12, 1996 – July 4, 2000

Explore 125 bronze, stone, and wooden objects made in India for puja, an act of personal devotion to a deity.

Sackler Gallery
Contemporary Printmaking in America: Collaborative Prints and Presses
May 10, 1996 – August 4, 1996

Explore collaborative printmaking in contemporary art through some 90 works on paper created by 40 presses from 1960 to 1990.

American Art Museum
Crowning Achievements: African Arts of Dressing the Head
May 8, 1996 – August 18, 1996

View 180 hats, headdresses, and hairstyles that illustrate how African headwear is used to construct identities.

African Art Museum
From a Friend in America: 50 Years of CARE
May 3, 1996 – March 30, 1997

This showcase traces the history of CARE, the Cooperative for American Remittance to Europe, which began its emergency food relief at the end of World War II.  

American History Museum
The Graceful Envelope (1996)
May 1, 1996 – October 6, 1996

These 40 uniquely designed, hand-crafted envelopes, submitted by professional calligraphers from around the world, illustrate different calligraphic methods and styles.

Postal Museum