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Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year

With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readers<p>Comment on this Story

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Happy Thanksgiving! All attention to the turkey ("Meleagris gallopavo")

<i>“Probably no genus of birds in the American avifauna has received the amount of attention that has been bestowed upon the turkeys…there has been no</i> …

Thanksgiving

How To Spend 48 Perfect Hours In Washington DC...

Washington DC is famous for many things, but most notably- it’s politics, as the home to the President, Senate, Congress and Supreme Court. …

George Washington

Ordinary objects or incredible inventions?

According to a recent report by Mintel, a marketing research agency, few millennials use bar soap. Don't be alarmed, though. They aren't running …

American History

National Museum of Natural History

<i>Photo by Adam Metallo / Smithsonian Institution</i><p>How can we change the world by changing how we see it? Join us for a night of innovation as four …

Natural History Museums

The Orbital Reflector, launching in 2018, is the world’s first space sculpture

Artist Trevor Paglen plans to launch “the first satellite to exist purely as an artistic gesture” into low-Earth orbit in 2018. The cosmic creation, …

Technology

Dinosaur Hunter

Charles Whitney Gilmore – The Forgotten “Dinosaur Hunter”<p><i>Hans Sues and Diana Marsh</i><p>Charles Whitney Gilmore (1874-1945), affectionately known as …

Dinosaurs

The worker's turkey

Like many homes across America, in my home Thanksgiving meant turkey. Lots of turkeys. Five or six turkeys. The day before Thanksgiving, my aunt …

Museums

Listening to the City | Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

<b>Tony Schwartz</b> was arguably the second greatest sound recordist in American history. The only person more important was Alan Lomax, and in some …

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Beer and Brewing

United States Brewers' Association<p>Wahl, Robert; Henius, Max<p>Brewers' Industrial Exhibition Philadelphia)<p>Steel, James<p>Schlüter, Hermann<p>Sykes, Walter …

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Collecting la fiesta de quince años

Light pink and very full, the organza and tulle gown took up a major portion of the sofa. Beside it, Natalia had placed her glittery high heels, a …

American History

The Cranberry: America's Founding Fruit

Is there a food in North America more intrinsically linked with the landscape of the past and nostalgically intertwined with a holiday feast than the …

Museums

Gimme Five: Vancouver's top events, Nov. 16-22

1. The Polygon Gallery – Inaugural Weekend<p>After nearly 30 years of planning, The Polygon Gallery opens this weekend in Lower Lonsdale. The striking, …

London

California university receives trove of art from collector

Paintings rarely seen by the public will be displayed at the University of California, Irvine, after an art collector donated more than 3,000 pieces …

Entertainment

With voices joined in chorus, giant otter families create a distinct sound signature

With a non-stop babble of hums, grunts and shrill squeals as they argue over fish and defend their territories, the Amazon’s giant otters are one of …

Museums

Wonder Bound || Crocodiles on the Ceiling

Ferrante Imperato (1550-1625)<i><br>Dell'historia naturale . . .</i><br>Naples: C. Vitale, 1599. 12 p. l., 791 p. illus., double plate.<p>Naples pharmacist Ferrante …

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Doormat (USA), 1995

Overall: 45 x 62 x 1.6 cm (17 11/16 x 24 7/16 x 5/8 in.)<p>Doormat (USA), 1995; Manufactured by Otra Vuelta Tire Recycling ; rubber, plastic, metal; …

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I'm betting on Numismatics!

I'm going all in on red!<p>Actually, I'm not. But if I were a gambler, maybe that's something I'd say. Gambling has been a popular pastime throughout …

American History

Marlene Dietrich dressed for the image, not for you

Marlene Dietrich, early darling of the silver screen, was curating an Instagram-perfect image for herself 80 years before Instagram was …

The Arts

Native Knowledge 360° Lesson Resources | Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Digital Lesson<p>This online lesson provides perspectives on the vast scope of American Indian removal and its effects on Native Nations.<p>Teaching Poster …

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Owls With a Mission: Increase and Diffusion

Owls had lived in the Smithsonian Castle before—and had flown the coop—but in 1971, S. Dillon Ripley, the eighth Smithsonian Secretary, commissioned …

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Studio and Culinary Artists: Recipes from the Archives | Archives of American Art

Intern Tiffany G. Camusci shares gastronomical delights from the Archives’ collections.<p>When admiring an art piece in a gallery, it is easy to forget …

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Study settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide, global warming

Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle—and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global …

Climate Change

Alan Alda: Relating Through Improvisation

As the host of PBS’s “Scientific American Frontiers,” Alan Alda has interviewed scientists, physicists, neuroscientists, and academics. Forging a …

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Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge at the Hirshhorn Museum

Internationally renowned artist Mark Bradford will debut one of his largest works to date with “Pickett’s Charge,” a monumental new commission that …

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American Portrait Gala

David D. Ho, M.D., <b></b>medical doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher, is one of five honorees who will be recognized at the National Portrait Gallery’s American …

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Small investments: A closer look at micro money

Money plays a giant role in everyone's lives, but that doesn't always mean it is physically large. At various points in history, coinage changed …

American History

Native Fruit: Cranberry for all Seasons - Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

Is there a food in North America more intrinsically linked with the landscape of the past and nostalgically intertwined with a holiday feast than the …

Museums

The father of our country?

Several decades after the American Revolution, George had come to be known to many of his countrymen as “<i>pater patriae</i>,” or “the father of his …

American History

You have what stored in the vault?! Five of the most unexpected things in the National Numismatic Collection

When people ask what I do for a living, I say, "I work at the National Numismatic Collection. It's the Smithsonian's collection of monetary and …

American History