In the 1990s, the smithsonian institution's national air and space museum laid plans to use the enola gay as a prop in a political horror show it depicted the japanese more as victims than as. (see the new enola gay controversy ) below is the smithsonian's response (which was posted on the institution's website) followed by the historians' response smithsonian's response to the. Smithsonian institution archives, accession 98-030, national air and space museum, office of public affairs, enola gay exhibition records identifier: accession 98-030.
Gen john jack dailey, director of the smithsonian's national air and space museum, the most widely visited museum in the world, has announced plans to display the enola gay--the b-29. Transcript of the enola gay controversy: history, context, debate the case of the smithsonian institution's enola gay exhibition, journal of american history 82. The enola gay was the subject of a controversial exhibition planned for the smithsonian institution's (si) national air and space museum (nasm) in washington, dc, the world's most visited museum acknowledged as the most vehemently disputed episode ever witnessed in the world of museums, it stands as a fearsome cautionary tale that should. The smithsonian institution office of architectural history and historic preservation (oahp) published a quarterly newsletter, smithsonian preservation quarterly, from 1990 to 1996 the artcles dealt with issues of historic preservation, architectural history, and other smithsonian related concerns.
August 30, 1994, page 00017 the new york times archives bending to pressure from lawmakers and veterans, the smithsonian institution announced today that it would add an exhibit on world war ii. The enola gay, the b-29 bomber used in the atomic mission that destroyed hiroshima, went on display june 28, 1995 at the smithsonian's national air and space museum in washington, dc the display commemorates the end of world war ii, as well as the role of the enola gay in securing japanese surrender. At the center of the maelstrom was the atomic bomb exhibition planned, and later abandoned, by the smithsonian institution's national air and space museum in washington, dc in late 1993, the nagasaki and hiroshima atomic bomb museums consented to a request from the smithsonian institution for the loan of atomic bomb-related exhibits.
This week, the smithsonian board of regents elected cornell university president, licensed cardiologist, and jazz flautist dr david skorton to be the institution's next secretary speaking to. Second, the enola gay episode exploded, raising other issues as well, and dominated attention internally and externally we were uncertain whether the smithsonian would continue to be cherished in. Perhaps the greatest fallout came in 1994 from a planned exhibit of the enola gay, the us military airplane that dropped an atomic bomb on hiroshima, japan, in 1945.
The smithsonian and the enola gay march 15, 1994 the smithsonian institution acquired the enola gay — the b-29 that the exhibition will run from may 1995 to. The enola gay and the smithsonian presents contemporary articles, reports, and documents from a proposed revisionist exhibition of the famous bomber in 1994, the national air and space museum planned to exhibit the enola gay, the b-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on hiroshima, as part of a political horror show. The debate simmered until it exploded in 1994 when the smithsonian planned to display the enola gay, the bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on hiroshima at the end of world war ii many thought that it was impossible to tell about the bombing without taking sides.
In 1994, the smithsonian was planning to display part of the fuselage of the enola gay in an exhibit that was to focus on the massive human casualties and destruction caused by the us attacks on. Michael heyman, who headed the smithsonian institution for five years, has announced that he plans to retire at the end of 1999 the institution's board of regents has named a search committee to look for his successor heyman, who had been a chancellor of the university of california at berkeley.
A study of rhetoric in historical controversy by (smithsonian institution, 1994), computer science (williams, 1990), and the enola gay, in the smithsonian. On august 6, 1945, the enola gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of hiroshima, japan over the next five decades, americans continued to evaluate and interpret the significance of this event, with various groups finding differing meanings of the. Search using such terms as enola gay, enola gay controversy, and smithsonian exhibit the exhibition script, 'the last act: the atomic bomb and the end of. Between 1993 and 1995, the smithsonian national air and space museum found itself in the midst of much public and political debate when it undertook the planning of an exhibition of the famous world war two b-29 bomber the 'enola gay,' where the restored fuselage would be displayed for the public.