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OHA member Pamela Henson wins Smithsonian Award

Pamela Henson, Director of the Institutional History Division at the Smithsonian Institution, was awarded the Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service by Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, on December 4, 2014.  Dr. Henson has been at the Smithsonian since 1973 and is the historian for the history of the Smithsonian.  She has managed the Institution’s oral history program since 1974, working with both audio and video in analog and digital media.  Among her interviewees have been a 102 year old astrophysicist who worked at the Smithsonian for 78 years, pioneering women administrators at the Smithsonian, and the craftsmen and women who create the Institution’s exhibits, maintain the historic gardens, and preserve artifacts, natural history specimens, and documents.

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