At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-one-farm-is-trying-to-save-heritage-livestock-one-embryo-at-a-time-180959048/Enjoy a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-lost-manuscript-contains-searing-eyewitness-account-tulsa-race-massacre-1921-180959251/An Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years agoFri, 27 May 2016 11:50:03 +0000Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-americans-decry-auctioning-their-heritage-paris-180959244/Community leaders convene at the National Museum of the American Indian to push for changeThu, 26 May 2016 15:58:25 +0000The Public Puts Great Trust in Museums, and Now It’s Time Museums Trust the Public http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/public-puts-great-trust-museums-and-now-its-time-museums-trust-public-180959237/A new exhibition, curated by the community, debuts this weekend at the SmithsonianThu, 26 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Mesmerizing Results When a Museum Asks an Artist to Draw All Over Its Wallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-linn-meyers-drawing-art-walls-180959215/Linn Meyers took on the monumental task of creating a 400-foot-long artwork at the Hirshhorn Tue, 24 May 2016 18:31:56 +0000How Big Were Oysters in the Chesapeake Before Colonization?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-big-oysters-chesapeak-before-colonization-180959198/A new multidisciplinary study reveals that yes, oysters were larger and more plentiful before European contactTue, 24 May 2016 15:21:06 +0000To Really Appreciate Louis Armstrong's Trumpet, You Gotta Play it. Just Ask Wynton Marsalishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-really-appreciate-louis-armstrongs-trumpet-you-gotta-play-it-180959184/It’s not always the white-glove treatment; some artifacts live on through performanceMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Old Cosmetics Made New Again Through the Art of Digitizationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/old-cosmetics-made-new-again-through-art-digitization-180959173/Arsenic Complexion Wafers? A whole new world of yesteryear cosmetics just got a refreshFri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-kits-beautifully-explain-how-city-sewers-zoning-laws-work-180959168/New York's Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to help people better understand complex laws and systemsThu, 19 May 2016 17:32:51 +0000In This Heartfelt Video, American Muslims Connect With World War II Interneeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heartfelt-video-american-muslims-connect-world-war-ii-internees-180959164/Filmmaker and activist Frank Chi sheds light on a sobering historical comparisonThu, 19 May 2016 14:11:22 +0000A Tweet Is Just a Ritz Cracker, But an IMAX Film Is a Steak Dinnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tweet-just-ritz-cracker-imax-film-steak-dinner-180959148/That’s what astronaut Terry Virts says about the new IMAX film he helped to makeWed, 18 May 2016 17:10:33 +0000This Powerful Stokely Carmichael Portrait Never Made It to the Cover of Time Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-stokely-carmichael-potrait-never-made-cover-time-magazine-180959073/The artwork, by famed artist Jacob Lawrence, captured the turning point in the Civil Rights MovementWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-canine-teeth-questions-readers-180959074/You asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Look at the Creative Process and What Makes an Artist Tickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-creative-process-and-what-makes-artist-tick-180959141/A new exhibition delivers a better understanding of where artists find their inspirationTue, 17 May 2016 18:40:10 +0000Celebrate National Salad Month with Rare and Historic Books that Include Your Favorite Leafy Greenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-salad-month-rare-historic-books-favorite-leafy-greens-180959104/A Smithsonian librarian journeys through history and time on a quest to explore salads throughout antiquityMon, 16 May 2016 18:08:15 +0000Come Inside the New African American History Museum (Photos)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/come-inside-new-african-american-history-museum-photos-180959101/Take a peek behind the scenes to see how curators, architects and designers are prepping for the museum's historic opening Mon, 16 May 2016 14:38:05 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bizarre-tale-tunnels-trysts-and-taxa-smithsonian-entomologist-180959089/A new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000Do You Recognize Anyone in These Historical Photos? The Smithsonian Wants to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-you-recognize-anyone-these-historical-photos-smithsonian-wants-know-180959077/The American History Museum calls on the public to select images and identify subjects in photos pulled from the museum’s archivesThu, 12 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusettshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/five-lost-languages-rediscovered-massachusetts-180959043/Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one Wed, 11 May 2016 18:48:43 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enjoy-face-time-seven-earths-3-5-million-mite-species-180959003/A Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000These Eerie Portraits Capture Endangered and Extinct Animals in a Film That Is Also Vanishinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-eerie-portraits-capture-endangered-extinct-animals-film-also-vanishing-180958988/Denis Defibaugh uses Polaroid 55 film to give animal specimens an afterlifeThu, 05 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Shonda Rhimes and the Cast of 'Scandal' Dish on the Show's Behind-the-Scenes Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shonda-rhimes-cast-scandal-dish-shows-behind-the-scenes-secrets-180958978/The stars of the Washington, D.C.-inspired show reveal the method behind the magic Wed, 04 May 2016 16:56:52 +0000How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-redesign-us-money-shows-power-protest-180958982/A Smithsonian curator notes how a heavy dose of social activism prompted the U.S. Treasury to honor historic social and political movementsWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fecal-pellets-worth-thousand-words-180958983/Scientists can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France's Finest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/that-revolutionary-May-day-1976-when-california-wines-bested-france-finest-180958971/Forty years ago, a Copernican moment took place in viniculture when the world realized the sun didn’t always revolve around French winesTue, 03 May 2016 19:21:23 +0000Which of These Summertime Athletes Should Be Displayed on the Walls of the National Portrait Gallery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/which-these-summertime-athletes-should-be-displayed-walls-national-portrait-gallery-180958972/Vote now for your pick!Tue, 03 May 2016 16:27:13 +0000The First Delivery Drone in the United States Lands a Spot at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-delivery-drone-united-states-lands-spot-smithsonian-180958964/The Flirtey F3.0 hexacopter touches ground at the National Air and Space MuseumMon, 02 May 2016 17:20:00 +0000Famous for His Rocking Chair, Sam Maloof Made Furniture That Had Soulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/famous-his-rocking-chair-sam-maloof-made-furniture-had-soul-180958943/A centennial appreciation for this master of mid-century modernism is underway with a California exhibition and an upcoming seminarMon, 02 May 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the “Mad Scientists” Behind ‘Captain America: Civil War’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-the-mad-scientists-behind-captain-america-civil-war-180958923/In their latest film, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explore the morality of the Star-Spangled Avenger Mon, 02 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000The Priceless Impact Harriet Tubman Will Have as the Face of the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/priceless-impact-harriet-tubman-will-have-face-20-bill-180958886/Curator Nancy Bercaw from the African American History Museum discusses the freedom fighter's ongoing legacyMon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:23 +0000When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-shirley-chisholm-ran-for-president-few-would-say-im-with-her-180958699/The congresswoman tried to win the White House by consolidating the black vote and the women's vote, but she ran into trouble Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:07:10 +0000A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/member-little-rock-nine-discusses-her-struggle-attend-central-high-180958870/At 15, Minnijean Brown faced down the Arkansas National Guard, Now Her Story and Personal Items are Archived at the SmithsonianFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:04:52 +0000Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beyond-raspberry-berets-what-prince-left-behind-180958866/From portraits to guitars, The Artist’s legacy lives on at the SmithsonianThu, 21 Apr 2016 19:42:03 +0000Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes Are Worthy of Your Considerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-hawking-why-black-holes-are-worthy-your-consideration-180958855/A new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into the places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objectsThu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000It's Official: Harriet Tubman Will Grace the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubman-grace-20-dollar-bill-180958852/The famed Underground Railroad Conductor will appear on the front of the $20 bill, among other changes to U.S. currencyWed, 20 Apr 2016 20:42:13 +0000The NASA Robot That Failed to Do Its Jobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nasa-robot-failed-do-its-job-180958784/A cautionary tale about the android who just wasn't suited for the task at handWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Starship Enterprise Is Coming in for a New Landing at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/starship-enterprise-new-landing-smithsonian-180958788/This artifact in the Air and Space Museum collections boldly returns to public viewWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Calling All Those in the Market for Skateboard Jewelry, Czech Marionettes or Other Quirky Craftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/calling-those-market-broken-skateboards-czech-marionettes-smithsonian-craft-show-180958816/The annual Smithsonian Craft Show features 120 of the best craft artisans from around the countryWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:21:24 +0000Before Reefer Madness, High Times and 4/20, There Was the Marijuana Revenue Stamp http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reefer-madness-high-times-and-420-there-was-marijuana-revenue-stamp-180958823/Originally designed in the 1930s to restrict access to the drug, these stamps draw a curious crowd to the Postal MuseumWed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rewilding-african-scimitar-horned-oryx-180958796/In a historic first, an animal that went extinct in the African wild is reintroduced, giving hope for many endangered speciesFri, 15 Apr 2016 19:15:57 +0000Harken Back to the Glory Days When 'Time' Magazine Was Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harken-back-glory-days-when-time-magazine-was-king-180958747/A new show honors the once powerful cover shot and the artists who made celebs shine brightWed, 13 Apr 2016 16:39:02 +0000It’s Springtime and Jazz Is In Bloomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-springtime-jazz-is-in-bloom-180958731/This year's Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the singularly talented alto saxophonist Benny CarterTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:31:00 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhinohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/teddy-roosevelts-epic-strangely-altruistic-hunt-white-rhino-180958626/In a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vintage-photos-early-days-hip-hop-billion-dollar-industry-180958616/More than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s detail the "standout moments" of the rise of Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z and many more artistsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:55 +0000To Truly Experience Robert Irwin, You Simply Must View His Artworks in Person http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/truly-experience-robert-irwin-you-must-view-artworks-person-180958695/Part visionary, part magician, Irwin makes art that breaks all the rulesFri, 08 Apr 2016 19:30:18 +0000These Rarely Seen Images Show Jazz Greats Pouring Out Their Hearts http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-rarely-seen-images-show-jazz-greats-pouring-out-their-hearts-180958693/Frank Wolff's gritty portraits, the hallmark of Blue Note Records, became a visual catalog of jazz in actionFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:18:42 +0000Tiny Spiders Are the Fastest Known on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-tiny-spiders-are-fastest-known-earth-180958682/Some trap-jaw spiders can snap their mouths shut with incredible force—in less than a millisecondThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/changing-mecca-focus-first-us-exhibition-feature-saudi-artist-180958618/The works of Ahmed Mater at the Sackler examine the stark collision of the sacred and profaneThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:19:34 +0000Tastes of Memory: How to Bake an Authentic Armenian Lavashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tastes-memory-lavash-and-armenian-identity-180958673/Preserving Armenian culture, memory and identity in the kitchenThu, 07 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000Remembering Dr. Joe Medicine Crowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-dr-joe-medicine-crow-180958676/ He showed us we are capable of great things when we look within ourselves, says scholar Nina Sanders Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:51 +0000The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-behind-those-jaw-dropping-photos-collections-natural-history-museum-180958671/The images capture only a fraction of the millions of creatures and objects that are stored away from the public eyeWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:53:38 +0000Smithsonian Jazz Expert Gives Liner Notes to the New Miles Davis Biopichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Smithsonian-jazz-expert-gives-liner-notes-to-new-miles-davis-biopic-180958658/The American History Museum's James Zimmerman dives into Miles Davis' sound and styleWed, 06 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Firsthand Account of What It Takes to Pilot a Voyaging Canoe Across the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/firsthand-account-what-takes-pilot-voyaging-canoe-ocean-180958611/More than just a desire to learn, a seat aboard the historic vessel Hōkūle`a requires skill, dedication and well, . . .obsessionThu, 31 Mar 2016 15:26:47 +0000“Hobbits” Disappeared Much Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hobbits-disappeared-much-earlier-previously-thought-180958600/If the tiny hominins ever coexisted with modern humans, the arrangement apparently didn't last longWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000