Folk musician Pete Seeger performing at the Bread and Roses III benefit concert in 1979.

From the Archives: Pete Seeger on What Makes a Great Protest Song

To mark the centennial birthday of the late folk icon, Smithsonian Folkways has released a six-CD collection featuring 20 previously unreleased tracks

The 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible was driven on stage for the big superstar tribute concert for Chuck Berry in the 1987 film Hail! Hail!

The Wild Rock and Roller Chuck Berry Dies

In 2012, Berry donated his red Eldorado Cadillac to the Smithsonian


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Root and Branch

Los Texmaniacs: Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds

Los Texmaniacs Release New Album

What does jalapeno-spiced polka music sound like?

gold belt terminus, seventh to sixth centuries B.C.


Against a backdrop of Quilt blocks commemorating artists, The NAMES Performers present work showcasing community responses to HIV/AIDS in theater, music, dance, and design.

July 1: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

Today at the Folklife Festival: tea dance, African heritage dancers and drummers, and Hungarian roma music


Meet Ella Jenkins, the "First Lady of Children's Music"

The Grammy winner celebrates her 88th birthday with a new album that reflects her lifelong love of kids' music

Tea for One (2002)


Secretary Albright’s dress for succession.

Power Suit

George Clinton and crew brought the crowd to their feet on the opening night of the Festival.

June 30: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

Today at the Folklife Festival: Mississippi Hills cultural tourism, traditional Indiana cooking, and a tattoo workshop with Coco Bayron.

An artist works on a mural installation in the “Citified” program.

June 29: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

Today at the Folklife Festival: cooking with goat meat, seeing HIV/AIDS through photography, and an evening concert by Quetzal and La Sardina de Naiguatá

Last year’s opening ceremony

June 28: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

Today at the Folklife Festival: spoken word, Missouri regional cooking, a steel band performance, and more

Sarah Rhodes’ photographs capture a movement to revive aboriginal traditions.

Ancient Traditions, New Stories: Reviving the Aboriginal Possum Skin Cloak

Photographer Sarah Rhodes documents how aboriginal communities in Australia are reclaiming their heritage

Participants from the Campus and Community delegation from University of Hawaii take a dinner break.

June 27: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

The Folklife Festival kicks off today, June 27

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which will be unfolded at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Events June 26-28: Duke Kahanamoku, Bring Back the Funk, and the Folklife Festival

This week, learn about past Olympians, get funky with George Clinton and other music legends, and kick off this summer's Folklife Festival


Seeing Stars at the African Art Museum

"African Cosmos: Stellar Arts" opens today at the African Art Museum

Name That Howler Monkey

The Small Mammal House's loudest and most charismatic critters is getting a name this week

In association with the new exhibition, “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts," the African Art Museum hosts a talk by astronomist-artist Karel Nel this week.

Events June 19-21: The Art of Political Ads, Luce Design with Jackie Flanagan, and Karel Nel

Tour the former Old Patent Office, now the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum.

Events June 12-14: Temple of Invention Tour, A Healthy Future in Renewable Energy, and Painting with Maya-Mam

This week, take a tour of the Old Patent Office Building, learn about renewable energy sources, and paint with Mayan artist Ubaldo Sánchez


Appreciation: Science Fiction Giant Ray Bradbury

Planetary geologist Jim Zimbelman reflects on Ray Bradbury's legacy

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