Fans of museums, manufacturing and U.S. history have just a few more weeks to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History before it closes until the summer of 2008 for renovation. We hate to see the museum shut for any time because it does such a good job of representing the history of American manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, science and Dolly Parton before she went Led Zeppelin on us. Unless we’ve missed it, the museum has the only exhibits in town on materials testing and the mill history of Bridgeport, Conn.
Still, the renovation serves a noble purpose, not just modernizing the building but also providing a worthy space to display the Star Spangled Banner, the American flag that survived the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. (Conservators this year finished treating the flag to ensure its survival.)
The last day to visit before the long hiatus is September 4th. We’ll see you there.