Mar
17

A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1849 caused untold misery when the potato crop in Ireland failed in successive years. The famine, the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century, compelled hundreds of thousands to emigrate to the United States and forever changed the culture of our country. It also provoked a remarkable act of empathy that shaped the tribal culture of the Choctaw Nation. Continue reading A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

Feb
27

A few of my favorite things: Carrie Heflin

A few of my favorite things: Carrie Heflin

Smithsonian staff work countless hours in the halls of our museums and research centers, in the field, at the Zoo, in our gardens and facilities. We are privileged to spend time with some of the nation’s most cherished treasures as we go about our duties. Sometimes, these unique experiences find a special place in our own personal stories. Welcome to the first installment of “A few of my favorite things,” by Amy Kehs, a closer look at our colleagues through the artifacts at the center of those special “work moments.” Meet Carrie Heflin and a few of her favorite things. Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Carrie Heflin

Feb
17

Morning at the Museum

Morning at the Museum

Morning at the Museum is a special program designed to help children with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities enjoy a visit to Smithsonian museums. Max Kibblewhite takes a look at the program’s origins and its approach to making the Smithsonian a welcoming experience for visitors of all abilities. Continue reading Morning at the Museum

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