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Karvellas, Anna

Director, Philanthropy Initiative & Great Americans Medal Programs

As a member of the Philanthropy Initiative team, I develop public programs that bring historic perspectives to contemporary issues in philanthropy (e.g., social justice, educational equity, and healthcare). I also manage the Great Americans Medal series and produce its award programs. Additionally, my research includes the life and impact of William Steinway, a key figure in the history of Steinway & Sons and 19th-century civic and cultural life in New York City. [Related areas: Astoria, NY; Steinway Village.] In 2011, I curated the National Museum of American History exhibit, A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896. I also have worked extensively with Smithsonian museum Affiliates through the Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation's Places of Invention research project. In each Affiliate location, invention was used as a tool for engaging the public in local history and the unique combination of resources, talent, and geography that made their community a hot spot of innovation.


Background And Education

Research And Grants


Editor Of

  • Book

    • Molella, Arthur P. and Karvellas, Anna, editors. 2015. Places of Invention: A Companion to the Exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2015