Press Release: The National Museum of American History's John Gray Makes History Fun for Kids


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Washington, DC, April 17, 2015 — What grabs your interest in the National Museum of American History? Is it Dorothy’s ruby slippers, an actual 199-ton locomotive, Julia Child’s kitchen, or the first ladies’ gowns? John Gray presides over it all, and seeks even more ways to connect Americans with their history.

This month, David Bruce Smith, founder of Grateful American™ TV, and co-host Hope Katz Gibbs had a stimulating conversation with John Gray in his corner office atop the museum.

“When you walk through the doors of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, you need to make a decision. Where should I look first?” says Gray.

The museum has in its collection more than three million artifacts, including Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” sheet music written by local legend Duke Ellington, and an authentic 199-ton, 92-foot-long Southern Railway locomotive.

In this episode Gray also explains:

  • What he hopes people learn by the time they leave the museum.
  • How he determines what people, especially kids, want to see in the Smithsonian.
  • And, why he thinks it is important to mix the past with the present when it comes to history education.

What is the Smithsonian doing to help people, especially kids, become more interested in American history? Watch here, then read all about it at

Image of John Gray courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

About the Grateful American™ Foundation

Founded in 2013, David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids. From TV and radio shows to books and Fascinating Facts about the nation’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, the organization makes learning history fun by going behind the scenes at the nation’s most popular presidential and historic homes, ranging from George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to Alexander Hamilton’s The Grange, and the Benjamin Franklin House in London.

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Disclaimer: The photos of the historic figures pictured in the videos have been provided courtesy of the presidential and historic homes and museums depicted, as well as from the authors and historians, and / or are under Creative Commons usage. The Grateful American™ Series understands that these images are in the public domain and have no known copyright restrictions.