William Yeingst
September 11 Collecting Curator
Museum Specialist, Division of Social History

"...we're very interested in the kinds of everyday stuff that Americans have used..."
For years the charge of this museum has been to document the everyday lives of ordinary Americans. So we're very interested in the kinds of everyday stuff that Americans have used over the past few centuries to help shape American history.

I love to find objects that help connect people with the past. We really look for objects that allow us to tell stories--things that are both compelling and dramatic, that have an educational value.

As curators we have great power to help shape our national memory. Itís a power that we use judiciously and openly. We have the power to determine which objects are saved and whose stories are told.