In a museum, virtually nothing is a solo act. Like making a movie, it takes many people and disciplines working together to create something of value. In my 33 years as Smithsonian curator, I had the distinct privilege of working with dozens of teams.

These gifted colleagues—dedicated public servants all—included curators, collection specialists, archivists, historians, exhibition designers, editors, educators, public program experts, registrars, object loan officers, web experts, audio and video production, and colleagues in communications, public affairs, finance, administration, development, record production, magazine editorial, affiliations, A/V, and IT. I will be forever grateful to them all.

My curatorship involved many responsibilities and activities. Here are five of them: