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Snowflake Study Through Photomicrography, 1890

Wilson A. Bentley became fascinated with the crystalline structure of individual snowflakes on his parent’s Vermont farm. By adapting a microscope to …

Museums

Meet the Artist: Lava Thomas on "Requiem for Charleston"

Lava Thomas discusses her work <i>Requiem for Charleston</i>, which honors the nine men and women who died in a shooting on June 17, 2015, inside the Mother …

South Carolina

Voices of Struggle: The Civil Rights movement, 1945 to 1965 | Smithsonian Folkways

The SNCC Freedom Singers perform during a march in support of the Selma, Ala. Civil Rights Movement in Harlem, New York, March 1965.<p>In Harlem, …

Black History

More sky puppies! Scientists discover two new species of dog-faced bat

Flitting swiftly through the darkness above the tropical forest canopy in Central and South America, a group of cute little bats with dog-like faces …

Biological Species

Peace Education: Nobel Voices for Disarmament | Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

Disarmament, once a tall and powerful word in the popular mind that evoked grand visions of international peace and accord, now summons regrettably …

Museums

Man who inherits Nat Turner's Bible feels burden of history

It was a historic relic said to be worth millions – the Bible confiscated from Nat Turner in 1831 after he led the deadliest slave revolt ever in the U.S. But when Maurice Person inherited the book, he felt impelled to hide it away.<p>“I just don’t think he knew what to do with it,” says Maurice’s …

Black History

National Museum of Natural History

<i>Image credit: Smithsonian.</i><p>Researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. need your help to track climate …

Natural History Museums

A bar harbor getaway | Travel and Tourism | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - From a distance, the hamlet of Bar Harbor looked modestly pretty as we sailed into Frenchman Bay. But as we dropped anchor to …

Travel

Pinback button for Julian Bond

Manufactured byUnidentifiedSubject ofJulian Bond, American, 1940 - 2015<p>Mediummetal and plasticDimensionsDiameter: 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)<p>Dateearly …

Black History

"I'll Be Satisfied" by Paschall Brothers | Smithsonian Folkways

Video<p>Tidewater gospel quartet is a long and proud a cappella tradition, and the Paschall Brothers are among its last tradition-bearers. With a …

Museums

Chandra :: Podcasts

Podcasts: 2018<p>Recent discoveries and updates of the Chandra mission in video and audio formats.<p>Download Video Podcast (29.8 MB, Runtime: 2:41)<br>• With …

Museums

Rhythm & Blues | Smithsonian Folkways

Playlist<p>In the mid-60s, Michael Asch, son of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch, received audition tapes from Lynn Productions of New Orleans that …

Museums

18 new species of spider-eating spiders discovered

Eighteen new species of Madagascan spiders have been discovered, a report published on January 11 in the science journal <i>Zookeys</i> reveals.<p>Dr. Hannah …

Biological Species

Speak and Read French, Part 1: Basic and Intermediate | Smithsonian Folkways

101<p>Armand Bégué and Louise Bégué<p>4:00<p>102<p>Armand Bégué and Louise Bégué<p>0:58<p>103<p>Armand Bégué and Louise Bégué<p>3:26<p>104<p>Armand Bégué and Louise …

Museums

Boulder woman, 97, still revels in her dollhouse days

The Dr. Seuss-like scale of things within this dollhouse hints in dozens of ways that family — not factory workers — built it and furnished it …

Boulder

How museums fight fires, floods and climate change

<b>By John Gittelsohn | Bloomberg News</b><p>As flames lit up the hills just across the freeway, torching mansions, the thousands of works of art in the Getty …

Museums

Volunteer Program

Volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging our audiences and supporting behind-the-scenes work. Volunteers greet and welcome …

Black History

The Smithsonian Displays Martin Luther King's Last Campaign

On May 12, 1968, five weeks after the death of the Rev. Dr. <b>Martin Luther King, Jr.</b>, 3,000 activists from all over the country poured onto a swath of …

Black History

Pelican Spiders Are the Weirdest-Looking Assassins You'll Ever See

Once upon a time, 165 million years ago, there lived a spider who looked like a pelican. About the size of a grain of rice and just as quiet, the …

Animals

18 New Terrifying Assassin Spider Species Look Like Pelicans

A strange-looking family of spiders have the appearance of pelicans and will eat their own kind. Adding to the intrigue is that there are many more …

World News

Double Trouble? Tracking the Growth of Young Oysters Stressed by Acidity and Low Oxygen

by Cosette Larash<p>The eastern oyster (<i>Crassostrea virginica</i>) is one of the most important species in Chesapeake Bay. These shellfish filter the water, …

Oceans

Musical Crossroads: Finding Kanye West's Influences in our Collections

Kanye West visits the exhibition "Visual Art and the American Experience," Photo credit: Ravon Ruffin<p>Kanye West visits the exhibition "A Changing …

Kanye West

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This July 10, 1966 color photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a rally in Chicago’s Grant Park by Bernard J. Kleina is in …

Black History

‘Folkways Icons’ Flash Sale | Smithsonian Folkways

In case you haven’t heard, 2018 is Folkways Recordings’ 70th anniversary and we have a lot to celebrate! All throughout the year, we’ll be looking …

Museums

GBT Detection Unlocks Exploration of ‘Aromatic’ Interstellar Chemistry

Astronomers had a mystery on their hands. No matter where they looked, from inside the Milky Way to distant galaxies, they observed a puzzling glow …

Museums

FTA! Songs of the GI Resistance | Smithsonian Folkways

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<b>Quick Links, Search:</b><p>How to Search Our Catalogs<p>Looking for digital images? You can instruct our online catalog to perform an image-only search by …

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The Last Jedi’s Monastic Retreat - Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

The Skellig Islands. More stunning and other-worldly than any of the special effects of the past two <i>Star Wars</i> movies is the real-life towering rock …

Ireland

Americans

mute audio<p>Open Menu<p>About the exhibition<p>pause video<p>Enable audio for the best experience<p>Images and stories of Indians infuse American history and …

American History

Eldzier Cortor in his studio, 1995, from the Eldzier Cortor papers, circa 1930s-2015, bulk 1972-2015 | Archives of American Art

Overview<p>Item Information<p><b>Title</b>: Eldzier Cortor in his studio<p><b>Date</b>: 1995<p><b>Physical Details</b>: 1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm.<p><b>Description</b>: Eldzier …

Photojournalism