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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

American History wants your help

By Jacqueline Trescott

On the drawing boards at the National Museum of American History is a juggernaut of a topic: the story of U.S. business.

In an unusual gesture, the museum is asking the public for ideas on what should be included in the exhibition, which has the working title "American Enterprise." The areas will include manufacturing, retail, agriculture, finance and information technology. And they are soliciting reports of success, as well as failures. Anyone can suggest artifacts, subject matter, and personal stories.

The submissions will be collected at the museum's website.

The exhibition is scheduled to open in 2014.

Naturally, some symbols of American inventiveness are expected. We nominate the Good Humor man and the Avon Lady, for starters.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 9, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Smithsonian  | Tags:  American Enterprise, National Museum of American History  
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