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.

Abbott Thayer in his sleeping hut with his dog Hauskuld, circa 1903 / unidentified photographer. Nelson and Henry C. White research material, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History traveled the world and made many new discoveries this year--like this Cyrtodactylis payarhtanensis, a new species of bent-toed gecko. (Daniel G. Mulcahy)
Temple of Man promotional postcard featuring Robert Alexander, 1970s. Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records, 1956-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Around December 21, the Northern Hemisphere tilts the farthest away from the Sun. This is called the northern winter solstice, and it is when we have the least amount of daylight of any time of the year.

What is the Winter Solstice?

December 20th, 2017, 10:26AM
Captain Jefferson Keel (U.S. Army retired), Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. (Courtesy of Jefferson Keel)
Specialist Allen Kale‘iolani Hoe (U.S. Army retired), the son and grandson of veterans and a Gold Star father, serves on the advisory committee of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. (Courtesy of Allen Hoe)
In 1988, artist Laura Farabough exhibited Santa Dog, a site–specific video installation at the Hanson Gallery in Sausalito, California. That same year, Farabough featured “Santa Dog” on her holiday card to artist David Ireland. Laura Farabough christmas card to David Ireland, 1988. David Ireland papers, circa 1910s-circa 2009, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Dog Days of December

December 14th, 2017, 3:17PM
Children's books written by Native American authors or by non-Natives who have consulted with Native communities highlight the diversity of Native cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere. (All images courtesy of the publishers)
Joseph Henry (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-BH824-4499)