Smithsonian Voices

The Smithsonian Institution has hundreds of scholars, researchers and curators, each with an amazing story to tell about their work, their quests and their passions. Here is a sampling of the unique voices that make up the chorus of ideas at the Institution.

Members of the staff of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York hold a welcoming ceremony for a kayak frame built in the traditional Yup'ik way at the Qayanek Qayak Preservation Center in Kwigillingok, Alaska. A testament to the ingenuity and innovation of the Native cultures of the Arctic, the kayak frame will become a teaching exhibit when the New York museum's imagiNATIONS Activity Center opens this May. (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian)
Michele Felice Corné (1752–1845),
John Quincy Adams / Philip Haas / 1843
Caption: Zendaya and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); credit: Sony
Sarah Weston Seaton with Her Children Augstine and Julia / Charles Bird King / c. 1815 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Bequest of Armida B. Colt
John Ashbery (Argyle Socks) by Fairfield Porter/ Oil on canvas, 1952/ Collection The Flow Chart Foundation. Courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the Cabinet / Alexander Hay Ritchie, after Francis B. Carpenter / 1866 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Gift of Mrs. Chester E. King
On mid-tour leave from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sergeant First Class Chuck Boers carries in the eagle staff at the Shenandoah Powwow, 2004. (Courtesy of Chuck Boers)
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Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

November 8th, 2017, 1:54PM
Four views of a Shee aan. SI Catalog #E7899. (Brittany M. Hance, Smithsonian)