Phil Brooks, a retired museum and archives administrator, curator, and archivist, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg during their weekly luncheon. Brooks worked in the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Political History as a museum specialist, where he planned exhibits and maintained Presidential and White House furnishings in the Smithsonian's collections as well as objects in the political campaign collections.
Phil then transferred to the National Archives, where he worked for many years. For several years, Phil headed the Education Division, where he was in charge of exhibits and educational programs and was the curator of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. He also was director of the Americana Project and curator of the Americana collection of Federal period furnishings reflecting the decorative arts of the formative years of our country.
He served as the historian-archivist of the Nixon, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton presidential inaugural committees. He has written, lectured, and done radio and TV interviews on inaugural history.
Phil was raised with antiques, and he and his wife Sue have collected antiques for over 50 years. Their collection encompasses family furniture and paintings as well as American and English furniture, silver, and china from the early 18th century to the late 19th century. They have also collected old Bentley and Rolls-Royce automobiles for over 50 years. Phil also collects model trains, is president of the Ford's Colony Model Railroad Club, is active in building the layout at Norge Depot, and is building a home layout of his grandfather's short line railroad in Colorado 100 years ago.
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