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Smithsonian Snapshot: Happy 169th Birthday!


The Smithsonian turns 169 today, and to celebrate, we're sharing a photo from our younger days. This photo was taken in 1850 during the Smithsonian Castle’s construction; it is the earliest-known image of the building.
10-Aug-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Yoko Ono's "Wish Tree"


Yoko Ono’s participatory artwork “Wish Tree for Washington, DC” (2007) is open for the summer at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. For most of the year, visitors are invited to whisper their wishes to the tree, a white...
17-Jul-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: A Peony For Your Thoughts


Her name is Bartzella, and she is something of a novelty and relative newcomer in the world of peonies. She definitely stands out among the other peonies in the Smithsonian’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden in Washington, D.C. Her top distinction is...
5-Jun-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Shaun White in “Eye Pop”


In a world consumed by personal and celebrity image making, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery considers how personalities are constructed in its exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze.” Featuring 54 portraits, such as this one of...
22-May-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with LeRoy Neiman’s “Big Band”


LeRoy Neiman considered this 9-by-13-foot work featuring 18 iconic jazz musicians one of the greatest works in his career. Donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, it was recently unveiled for April, Jazz Appreciation...
21-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot/Animated GIF: Cherry Blossom Flurry at Kambayashi Hot Spring


s a symbol of friendship, Japan gave cherry trees to Washington, D.C., where they encircle the Tidal Basin. Not far away are the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. They hold many Japanese...
6-Apr-2015 3:05 PM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Remembering an American Labor Rights Leader


This nylon jacket belonged to Cesar Chavez, a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader who in 1962 founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union, the first effective union of farm workers in the United States. His birthday, March 31, is an official...
31-Mar-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Recordando a un Líder de los Derechos de los Trabajadores


Esta chaqueta de nylon le perteneció a Cesar Chavez, un líder de los derechos civiles, latinos y de los trabajadores agrícolas que en 1962 fundó la unión de Trabajadores Agrícolas Unidos (United Farm Workers o UFW), la primera unión efectiva...
31-Mar-2015 9:05 AM EDT

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Smithsonian Profile: Antonio Curet, Curator of Archaeology

Smithsonian curator Antonio Curet studies the vast collections from Latin America and the Caribbean at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to develop exhibits that tell the rich histories of these indigenous cultures. He talks...
4-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Perfil Smithsonian: Antonio Curet, Curador de Arqueología

Antonio Curet estudia las amplias colecciones de objetos provenientes de Latinoamérica y el Caribe en el Museo Nacional del Indígena Americano del Smithsonian, para desarrollar exposiciones que cuentan la historia de estas culturas indígenas.
4-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Perfil Smithsonian: Margaret Salazar-Porzio, curadora de historia y cultura latina

Margaret Salazar-Porzio ayuda a contar la historia de los latinos en los Estados Unidos, adquiriendo objetos y desarrollando exposiciones en el Museo Nacional de Historia Americana.
6-May-2014 11:30 AM EDT

Smithsonian Profile: Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Curator of Latino History and Culture

Smithsonian curator Margaret Salazar-Porzio helps tell the story of Latinos in the United States. She talks about her work in this short video profile.
6-May-2014 11:15 AM EDT

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