When environmental disasters occur and communities are struggling to meet the most urgent needs first, museums and historic sites sometimes have to wait for attention and assistance. Continue reading When disaster strikes, the Smithsonian is ready
To mark its 50th anniversary, ACM is reenvisioning its future to become a cultural center of even greater relevance to the people it serves and the local and national partners with whom it collaborates. Continue reading A model for engagement
Secretary Skorton recently had the chance to spend time with some of the Smithsonian’s littlest learners—and took away a few lessons himself. Continue reading From the Secretary: These little bears are bullish about learning
It is a truism that America is a nation of immigrants, but what is the reality behind the cliché? Dr. Skorton took the opportunity to explore the concepts inherent in our democracy with a group of Smithsonian colleagues who joined him to talk about the paths they took to American citizenship. Like many immigrants, my… Continue reading Becoming an American
In this time of political dissension, shifting international alliances and increasingly incivil public discourse, the American History Museum is opening “The Nation We Build Together” on the second floor of the west wing. Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton sat down with the museum’s director, John Gray, to talk about how the new exhibitions challenge Americans to consider the values that have always united us and to look beyond the issues that divide us.
Continue reading What kind of nation do we want to be?
According to Goethe, flowers are how Nature shows she loves us. Share the love and refresh your soul as Secretary Skorton takes a tour of the Smithsonian’s gardens. Continue reading Public gardens foster the public good
Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton explains why “Earth Optimism” is more than a slogan–it is a rallying cry for people of conscience. Continue reading The argument for environmental optimism
This month’s Earth Optimism Summit offers a new model for the Smithsonian to show leadership at the intersection of science, the arts and the humanities. Continue reading On the cutting edge
Humans are unique among species in that we are the agents of our own destruction. Can we also be our own and the earth’s salvation? This month, Dr Skorton examines the critical loss of biodiversity during the Age of Humans and the ways the Smithsonian is working to arrest that loss. Continue reading We cannot survive alone
With the proliferation of “alternative facts” and accusations of “fake news” formenting ever deeping distrust of traditional media and information sources, where do we turn for nonpartisan, unbiased and accurate information about the world around us and the events that affect us? Continue reading Trusted Sources: Why museums and libraries are more relevant than ever