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Smithsonian Snapshot: Ginger Smock, Trailblazing Jazz Violinist

Jazz violinist Emma “Ginger” Smock was born in Chicago in 1920. She moved to Los Angeles after her parents’ deaths and was raised by her aunt and uncle, and she soon displayed precocious musical talent. Smock spent the early 1940s...
24-Apr-2018 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Smithsonian Launches Pilot Program of “Pepper” Robots

This spring, visitors to some Smithsonian museums may find themselves greeted by a 4-foot-tall, wide-eyed robot named Pepper. Six Smithsonian museums have deployed the humanoid Pepper robots in an experimental program to test how robot technology...
24-Apr-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Photograph of the Late Barbara Bush by Diana Walker On View at the National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of Barbara Bush with a photograph by Diana Walker taken in 1989. The portrait will be installed this morning in the museum’s In Memoriam space, on the first floor, and will be on...
18-Apr-2018 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Smithsonian Snapshot: If Dogs Could Fly

The dog days of summer would be a bit cooler for puppies if they could be unleashed to fly around the neighborhood. “Winged Dog,” pictured here, is one of many fanciful creatures created by Stephan W. Polaha (1891–1977) that often mashed up...
28-Aug-2017 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Smithsonian Snapshot: The Myth and the Milky Way

In this untitled painting from his series titled “Zulu” (meaning “sky” or “heavens”), Gavin Jantjes (b. 1948, South Africa) depicted a Khoisan myth about the Milky Way.
8-Aug-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Smithsonian Snapshot: 1967 and the Summer of Love

June 1967 marked the beginning of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. The city’s zeitgeist was defined by its psychedelic art and music, and the Monterrey Pop Festival embodied that. Legendary performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and...
25-Jul-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Smithsonian Releases Season Two of Sidedoor Podcast

"Sidedoor," the Smithsonian's podcast, returns today to begin its second season. The podcast transports audiences behind the scenes with stories that can't always be told through a museum exhibit.
21-Jun-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Free Summer Events at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., will host family-friendly activities throughout the summer to meet every staycationer’s needs. The popular “Innovations in Flight Family Day and Aviation...
7-Jun-2017 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Smithsonian Snapshot: Preserving Coral Reefs

Threatened coral reefs have a protector in Smithsonian scientist Mary Hagedorn. Based in Oahu, Hawaii, Hagedorn has been a research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute for 20 years. Her innovative, interdisciplinary work uses...
31-Mar-2017 4:10 PM EDT

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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