Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation
Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Monica Smith is the Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History (NMAH). Among other duties, she supervises the Public Affairs Specialist and the Web and Digital Media Specialist. Monica served as the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Lemelson Center's NSF-funded "Places of Invention" exhibition project, which won the 2016 Dibner Award for Excellence in Exhibits from the international Society for the History of Technology. Previously she served as the Project Historian and then the second Project Director/P.I. for the Center's NSF-funded "Invention at Play" traveling exhibition, which won a 2003 Excellence in Exhibitions award from the American Alliance of Museums. Other NMAH exhibition projects include co-curating "From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar," which led to her being featured in the Smithsonian Channel's CINE-award-winning film "Electrified: The Guitar Revolution." In addition to her Lemelson Center tenure since 1995, Monica served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Museum Education from 2005 to 2008.