Don’t miss the always spectacular Smithsonian Craft Show, beginning April 27. Continue reading Looking Back and Moving Forward: The 2017 Smithsonian Craft Show
What constitutes a portrait? How does art reveal the self? How do we decide whose story is important? Maria Anderson explores these questions with Taína Caragol of the National Portrait Gallery. Continue reading Putting a focus on Latino faces at the Portrait Gallery
This is one of Ashley’s favorite things. Really. Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Ashley Hornish
Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. A materials scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, she has spent the past eight years studying plastics found throughout the Smithsonian’s collections. She talks about her work and her belief that plastic, like all materials created or adapted by humans, will evolve. Continue reading Is plastic inherently evil?
Rollbacks on environmental protections. Slashed budgets for science and research. Climate change denial. Amidst all the bad news, there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Earth’s future. Continue reading Smithsonian convenes first Earth Optimism Summit
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
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
In an era of alternative facts and “false news,” the 2017 History Film Forum offers an in-depth look at how film and television shape our understanding of historic events. Continue reading Are movies good history teachers?
The Smithsonian marks another scientific first that holds great promise for one of our most endangered birds. John Gibbons takes us behind the scenes in pursuit of the tiny Kirtland’s warbler. Continue reading Keeping track of Kirtland’s warbler
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