With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture this month, the Smithsonian gains a valuable and vital asset, essential to discovering, understanding and sharing the past, present, and future of America. Creating the museum was a huge undertaking, and no one knows this better than Lonnie Bunch, noted scholar and founding director. I spoke with Lonnie to learn about the achievements and ambitions of the newest member of our museum family. Continue reading Our History, Our Culture
Honor the legacy of the late Assistant Secretary for Education and Access and support the Smithsonian’s education mission with a contribution to the Claudine K. Brown Fund for Education. Continue reading Claudine K. Brown Fund for Education
The Smithsonian is joining the National Park Service in celebrating the centennial of America’s national parks with a new photography exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, an exhibition exploring the intersection of the U.S. mail and our national parks at the National Postal Museum and a new documentary airing on the Smithsonian Channel Aug. 28. Continue reading Preserve. Enjoy. Inspire.
Smithsonian staff and volunteers are invited to join Friends of the National Zoo for Grapes with the Apes at the National Zoo, Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As the largest education, research and museum organization in the world, the Smithsonian’s reach extends from the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of space. Our scientists and scholars, curators and conservators, can be found in every corner of the globe. Discover the difference we’re making in communities around the world. Continue reading Where in the World Is the Smithsonian?
Many of us awaken each morning to the sound of songbirds greeting the day. Birds are such a ubiquitous part of our lives that most of the time we don’t even notice them. Yet the truth is that their numbers are declining sharply. Continue reading Why Birds Really Matter
Remember middle-school sleepovers? The giggling, the ghost stories, the midnight raids on the fridge? Well, imagine rolling out your sleeping bag beneath a 50-foot whale, at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, or in the shadow of the space shuttle Discovery. That’s exactly what kids and their grown-up companions can do when they attend a Smithsonian Sleepover. Continue reading To sleep, perchance to dream…of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
Rachel Goslins, the former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, has been named director for the Arts and Industries Building beginning Aug. 22. Continue reading New director will oversee programming for Arts and Industries Building
August 10 marks the 170th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution. Take a moment to enjoy a musical interlude with Secretary Skorton and John Hasse, curator of the music collection at the American History Museum, and feel free to sing along as we wish our venerable Institution Many Happy Returns! Continue reading You don’t look a day over 169!
When disaster strikes, whether natural or manmade, we rush first to aid the injured, succor the survivors and bury the dead. But once the flood waters recede, the aftershocks quiet and the horrors of war dim, we are faced with other casualties: the damage to and loss of the art, architecture and other aspects of our irreplaceable cultural heritage. Continue reading It takes a village to save the village