In a ceremony rededicating the tomb of James Smithson in the Smithsonian Institution Building, Sir Roger Makins, the British ambassador, and Sir John Cockcroft present a Union Jack to be displayed with the Stars and Stripes beside the tomb as a “symbol of international understanding.”
The stunning new exhibition “Living our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska” at the Anchorage Museum represents collaborative research and community involvement on an unprecedented scale. Secretary Clough attends the opening ceremonies and tours the new facilities for the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center. Continue reading On the road in Alaska: The Secretary’s travel journal
A fascinating exhibition shows how former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used jewelry to convey subtle–and not so subtle–diplomatic messages. She shares some of her favorite stories in the video after the jump. Continue reading ‘Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection’
2010 Folklife Festival—Through July 5 Visitors to the 44th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival can learn about Asian Pacific American culture, the country of Mexico and the occupational traditions of workers at the Smithsonian. Admission is free. For more info on the festival and a schedule of events, click here. (Photo by Jeff Tinsley)
The 17th annual Festival of American Folklife features the state of New Jersey, the folk traditions of France and French-American communities, and the 200th anniversary of manned flight. The second annual National Heritage Fellowships are awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts to 16 musicians and craftspeople, and an exhibition at American History Museum highlights the recipients’… Continue reading June 23, 1983
The National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center is established on 3,100 acres at Front Royal, Va., to encourage development of all aspects of animal sciences. The Center trains wildlife biologists from developing countries, and breeds, houses, and conducts research on a range of endangered species.
Ground is broken for the new Center for African, Near Eastern and Asian Cultures, which will house a new museum of Asian art (the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery), the National Museum of African Art and the International Center.
The new National Museum Building (now the National Museum of Natural History) is formally completed. The building houses anthropological, art, historical and natural history collections. Many historical exhibitions also remain in the Arts and Industries Building.
The Peregrine Fund at Cornell University places six young peregrine falcons in a small hutch on the tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the “Castle,” in an attempt to reestablish a wild breeding population of these falcons on the east coast.
Dive in and explore the Smithsonian Ocean Portal Check out the recently launched Smithsonian Ocean Portal, an award-winning website developed by the National Museum of Natural History and more than 20 collaborators to inspire awareness, understanding and stewardship of the world’s ocean. Wherever you are, YOU are connected to the ocean. Learn more. Do more. Find… Continue reading Find your blue at Ocean Portal