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The National VA History Center currently has a staff of just two full-time employees. Curator Kurt Senn and Senior Archivist Robyn Rodgers make up the team, but they have accomplished some important work through interns and graduate assistants. In the latest Curator Corner post, Kurt details the work interns accomplished for VA History COVID-19 artifact collection and the ensuing Exhibit found on the VA History website. NEXT GEN»
There’s a 3D tumor out there and the VA History Center wants it. The quest for contemporary artifacts is a constant challenge. It’s not simply a question of what to collect, but when, where, and how to collect items of potential value to our collection. In this case, the hunt is on for an item used in an innovative collaboration at the Seattle VA Medical Center to safely remove a tumor from a Veteran’s kidney. 3D TUMOR»
A key first step in developing a new museum is an Interpretive Master Plan (IMP) and a project team to create it. On June 9, 2021, a group of VA employees met with the staff from the Smithsonian Exhibits program. A Core Project Team (CPT) formed following that meeting, and they are now tasked with developing the IMP for the NVAHC. CPT»
A VA employee found a historic blanket at a flea market. She then learned about the National VA History Center and made a call. Now the blanket is in the collection. Check out this courtesy story from the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System. DONATION»
Happy Halloween! As a tribute to all the dolls that make our hearts race, this edition of the Curator Corner features procedure dolls from the recently acquired group of early 20th century artifacts from Mountain Home VA Medical Center in eastern Tennessee. Some of these dolls are super creepy. HALLOWEEN»
So the VA is getting its own museum? That's pretty cool! But what goes into finding the right pieces to display? Or how to even start a museum from scratch? The National VA History Center's curator Kurt Senn tells you how. He's new on the gig, but he's experienced, so he knows a thing or two about this. Take a peek at what he's doing now to start this VA museum! COLLECTION»