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Pop-Up Family Geneologies at Smithsonian Museum of American History

Saturday at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History month was a lively celebration of Black History month. As part of the festivities, I worked with a wonderful staff of volunteers to teach visiting kids and their parents how to make pop-up illustrations of their families and of historic community events.

Throughout the day we had a stream of participants. Most took their finished pieces home, but some left a pop-up or two in our gallery display on the wall.

The event was orginally scheduled for February 6th, but was cancelled in the frenzy of the blizzard that brought most events in Washington to a halt that weekend. I’m so happy that Philippa Rapp0port and the Smithsonian staff decided to reschedule! Thanks also to Anthony Thomas and James Zimmerman for their part in arranging this successful event.

Families Celebrate Black History with Pop-Ups


Sunday was a Family Day Celebration at the Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center. To celebrate Black History month, parents and kids were treated to a hall full of free activities, including theater performances, a jazz band, exhibits, and crafts. I worked with two wonderful volunteers, Robert and Ann, to teach kids how to make pop-ups illustrating their communities and families. We had lots of young paper engineers who participated and they took home their own pop-up designs.