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Dr. William S. Pretzer

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Senior Curator for History

Local Address: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland, Maryland 20746
United States

Company Description: The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total...   more
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  • BA
    Stanford University
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Our Keynote Address was by Dr. ...
www.michiganhistoryed.org [cached]
Our Keynote Address was by Dr. Bill Pretzer, Senior Curator of History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Insititution. Bill's keynote address "The Uncommon School: Classrooms Without Borders" addressed moving away from the text and out of the classroom as an act of rebellion and faith: rebellion against tradition and inertia and faith in one's own instincts, in one's students and fellow teachers and in a future better than the present. Bill reminded participants that incorporating resources from beyond the classroom actually inspires teachers and students to act like historians, to see and interpret texts and events in the context of other texts and events.
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This year's MCHE conference is "Bringing History Home: Local Stories, Global Context" and features University of Michigan Professor Bob Bain, who helped to craft the state standards for history and our keynote speaker Bill Pretzer, who has a lengthy and prestigious background in public history and the classroom.
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Our keynote speaker is Dr. William S. Pretzer. Dr. Pretzer is the Chief Curator of History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Pretzer will speak on "The Uncommon School: Classrooms Without Borders"
Bill Pretzer, Keynote Speaker at 17th Annual MCHE Conference | Michigan Council for History Education
www.michiganhistoryed.org, 5 Mar 2013 [cached]
Bill Pretzer, Keynote Speaker at 17th Annual MCHE Conference
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MCHE is pleased to announce that William Pretzer will be our Keynote speaker for the 17th Annual MCHE conference.
Bill Pretzer is Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is overseeing the development of the museum's inaugural history collections and exhibitions. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Director of the Museum of Cultural & Natural History as well as Director of the Museum Studies Program and Associate Professor of History at Central Michigan University. Prior to that, he spent 21 years as a curator and educator at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Bill also was instrumental in the creation of the Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school at the museum. In addition to museum-sponsored publications on Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and industrial history, he is the author of articles and book chapters on museum practice, technology education, design history, and the history of labor and technology in the printing trade. Bill has served on the boards of the Allen Park Public Schools, Michigan Museums Association, Michigan Council for History Education and National Commission for Technology Education. He currently serves as a member of the selection committee for the Lawrence W. Levine Award for the Best Book in Cultural History for the Organization of American Historians. Bill received his BA from Stanford University in 1972 and his
Press of Atlantic City: Nation
www.pressofatlanticcity.com, 14 June 1999 [cached]
It had been sitting in a field for more than 30 years, said William Pretzer, the museum's curator of political history who led the acquisition.
Museum officials say it was the one Parks rode because its number corresponds with a notation that was made by a former bus station manager in his scrapbook of newspaper clippings kept during and after the bus boycott.
The bus was restored with a $300,000 federal grant to look like it did on the day Parks boarded it, Pretzer said.
Bill Pretzer, Keynote Speaker ...
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Bill Pretzer, Keynote Speaker at 17th Annual MCHE Conference
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MCHE is pleased to announce that William Pretzer will be our Keynote speaker for the 17th Annual MCHE conference.
Bill Pretzer is Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is overseeing the development of the museum's inaugural history collections and exhibitions. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Director of the Museum of Cultural & Natural History as well as Director of the Museum Studies Program and Associate Professor of History at Central Michigan University. Prior to that, he spent 21 years as a curator and educator at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Bill also was instrumental in the creation of the Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school at the museum. In addition to museum-sponsored publications on Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and industrial history, he is the author of articles and book chapters on museum practice, technology education, design history, and the history of labor and technology in the printing trade. Bill has served on the boards of the Allen Park Public Schools, Michigan Museums Association, Michigan Council for History Education and National Commission for Technology Education. He currently serves as a member of the selection committee for the Lawrence W. Levine Award for the Best Book in Cultural History for the Organization of American Historians. Bill received his BA from Stanford University in 1972 and his
Past Conferences: 2010 | Michigan Council for History Education
www.michiganhistoryed.org [cached]
MCHE is pleased to announce that William Pretzer will be our Keynote speaker for the 17th Annual MCHE conference.
Bill Pretzer is Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is overseeing the development of the museum's inaugural history collections and exhibitions. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Director of the Museum of Cultural & Natural History as well as Director of the Museum Studies Program and Associate Professor of History at Central Michigan University. Prior to that, he spent 21 years as a curator and educator at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Bill also was instrumental in the creation of the Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school at the museum. In addition to museum-sponsored publications on Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and industrial history, he is the author of articles and book chapters on museum practice, technology education, design history, and the history of labor and technology in the printing trade. Bill has served on the boards of the Allen Park Public Schools, Michigan Museums Association, Michigan Council for History Education and National Commission for Technology Education. He currently serves as a member of the selection committee for the Lawrence W. Levine Award for the Best Book in Cultural History for the Organization of American Historians. Bill received his BA from Stanford University in 1972 and his
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