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Smithsonian Lecture: Mask Up!

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for an engaging series of panels offering perspective on the current pandemic. Curators and historians will use important objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how critical explorations of the past help us to better understand the present.

As early as the first century AD, Pliny the Elder argued for the use of face masks to protect people in dangerous respiratory situations. During the 1918 influenza pandemic, face masks were widely adopted, though their value was hotly contested. In 2020, the use of a protective face mask turned into a political litmus test. Panelists during this session will examine both the historical experience of face masks and the varied current experience from production challenges to a fashion statement.

Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History

Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
Michelle McClellan, PhD, Bentley Library, University of Michigan
Clara Berg, Museum of History and Industry

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Free for museum members.
Museum of the Rockies is a Smithsonian Affiliate so we are able to bring lectures like this to our valued members.