At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazine feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 07 May 2021 16:02:57 +0000A New, Interactive Sculpture by Suchi Reddy Illuminates Our Hopes and Fears About the Future A.I.-powered installation, a hallmark of the Smithsonian's upcoming "Futures" show, promises something never seen or experienced before Fri, 07 May 2021 16:02:57 +0000This Odd Early Flying Machine Made History but Didn't Have the Right Stuff No. 5 had to be launched by catapult on the Potomac River on May 6, 1896, but it flew unpiloted 3,300 feetWed, 05 May 2021 16:00:44 +0000The Vibrant History of Lowrider Car Culture in L.A. bright paint jobs and bouncy hydraulics, the 'low and slow' rides are an expression of cultural identity for the city's Mexican American communityWed, 05 May 2021 12:55:53 +0000Will Animals at the Zoo Find Brood X Cicadas a Tasty Snack? will animals think of the impending bug buffet?Wed, 05 May 2021 10:00:00 +0000What Fossil Plants Reveal About Climate Change use fossil plants to reconstruct Earth’s past climate and inform climate change research today.Tue, 04 May 2021 16:00:00 +0000How Norman Granz Revolutionized Jazz for Social Justice remembered for his artful management of legendary jazz musicians, but Granz also saw the potential for themusic to combat racial inequalityTue, 04 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000What Caused the Roaring Twenties? Not the End of a Pandemic (Probably) the U.S. anticipates a vaccinated summer, historians say measuring the impact of the 1918 influenza on the uproarious decade that followed is trickyMon, 03 May 2021 16:20:51 +0000Dive Into National Gems, Study Photography, Discover Women Architects in These 34 Online May Programs online multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours in these offerings from the Smithsonian AssociatesMon, 03 May 2021 15:54:30 +0000What's Missing from Classrooms When Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Aren't Included? grappling with our current moment of increased hate and violence, AAPI students need the educational resources to contextualize what we are witnessingMon, 03 May 2021 14:40:59 +0000Coming of Age in Poetry: Meet Elexia Alleyne up in D.C.’s barrio, the young poet remembers a vibrant, tight-knit Dominican community.Fri, 30 Apr 2021 17:38:57 +0000The Lasting Riddles of Orson Welles' Revolutionary Film 'Citizen Kane' year’s award-winning "Mank" attracts new attention to the 80-year-old American classic; two Smithsonian curators share insights Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:53:19 +0000Remembering Michael Collins the third director of the National Air and Space Museum, the former astronaut campaigned for a museum on the Mall in time for the nation’s bicentennialThu, 29 Apr 2021 17:51:36 +0000How Scientists Are Deciphering the Many Mysteries of Migratory Birds spring across the forests, lakes and suburbs of North America, millions of birds take a long journey north in search of summer nesting territoryThu, 29 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Back in the Day, These Vintage Supplies Kept Libraries Running technology replace these tools and supplies, but these drawings bring back many happy memories of checking out a bookWed, 28 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Little-Known Story of 19th-Century America's Partisan Warfare a new book, Smithsonian curator Jon Grinspan examines the history of America's furious and fractious politics Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:43:13 +0000Watch These Two Videos and You Will Feel More Hopeful About the Future of Tropical Forests Salud's new bilingual videos share the results of tropical reforestation experiments at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in PanamaTue, 27 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Photograph of Former President Donald J. Trump Is Newly Acquired by the National Portrait Gallery the museum reopens May 14, the portrait of the 45th president will be on view in the “America’s Presidents” exhibitionMon, 26 Apr 2021 20:19:45 +0000How Biominerals are Stepping Stones for Climate Change Research are providing key insight into how the Earth might transform in the coming decades from climate change Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:17:46 +0000Smithsonian Announces the Zoo and Seven Museums Open in May'll finally be able to see the baby panda in person; here's our comprehensive list of what's on view and tips for visitingFri, 23 Apr 2021 16:30:22 +0000Three Craft Artists Explain How Art and Sustainability Come Together in Their Work’s prestigious annual craft show opens online April 24; the nation’s top artists gather in the spirit of optimismFri, 23 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Earth Day Is Digital Again, but Don't Let That Get You Down Thu, 22 Apr 2021 18:58:02 +0000Walter Mondale Never Won the Presidency, but He Changed American Politics Forever trove of Smithsonian artifacts document the man who was first to put a woman on the presidential ticket and reshaped the vice presidencyThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the Power of Research at the Smithsonian can accomplish more when we unite our robust scientific capabilities with our educational reachThu, 22 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000What If Humans and Artificial Intelligence Teamed Up to Build Better Communities?’s 'Futures' exhibition team and Autodesk announce groundbreaking interactive experience to showcase a bold new problem-solving philosophy Wed, 21 Apr 2021 16:00:00 +0000When Is Kente Cloth Worn and More Questions From Our Readers've got questions. We've got expertsWed, 21 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000An Epic Monarch Migration Faces New Threats butterflies’ path, which stretches thousands of miles, is endangered by an array of challenges, including changes in climate and pesticidesWed, 21 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Read Poems Left by Chinese Immigrants Arriving at Angel Island, the 'Ellis Island of the West' primary mission of San Francisco's Angel Island Immigration Station was to better enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other anti-Asian laws Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:39:08 +0000The Unmatched Bravery of the Harlem Hellfighters salute to the all-Black World War I fighting unitTue, 20 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000New Study Pushes Origins of Human-Driven Global Change Back Thousands of Years people’s past land use strategies could help us better conserve global biodiversity now. Mon, 19 Apr 2021 20:29:37 +0000Meet Water Advocate and Hero Shreya Ramachandran Grey Water Project educates and provides resources to diverse audiences on water recycling at home and in the workplaceMon, 19 Apr 2021 14:48:47 +0000Why Poetry Is Experiencing an Awakening the 25th Anniversary of April’s National Poetry Month with these workshops from the National Museum of African American History and CultureFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:40:20 +0000How Do We Remember Selena? the anniversary of her 50th birthday, honoring the legacy of the first Tejana singer to top the U.S. Billboard charts with her Spanish-language albumFri, 16 Apr 2021 14:20:33 +0000What to Expect When the Cicadas Emerge This Spring trillion cicadas expected to invade the Washington metropolitan region when the ground warms to 64 degreesThu, 15 Apr 2021 14:00:55 +0000How Neil Armstrong Avoided Near-Disaster to Make the First Space Docking curator Michael Neufeld recounts the harrowing details of when Gemini Vlll astronauts faced the first life-threatening, in-flight emergency Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:53:18 +0000Using Amber-Filtered Bulbs Instead of White Light Attracts Fewer Bugs a tropical rainforest study, 60 percent fewer insects visited traps illuminated in a golden glow. Researchers say the results may be widely applicableTue, 13 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000What to Expect When Ingenuity Takes Flight This Week on Mars 'Ginny,' the Mars helicopter is set to take off from the surface of the Red Planet no earlier than April 14Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:56:55 +0000Celebrate National Library Week With Bibliophilic Backgrounds for Your Virtual Meetings Libraries and Archives offers book lovers these nine stylish backdropsFri, 09 Apr 2021 16:21:50 +0000How the Arts Have Inspired Social Change have a long tradition of inspiring and elevating movements for change using benefit concerts, song and other artistic traditionsFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:23:10 +0000The Day Soviet Aircraft Attacked American Pilots that April 'Black Thursday' 70 years ago, the air war over Korea changed as the Allies scrambled to counter the superior MiG-15 jet fighterFri, 09 Apr 2021 14:20:12 +0000How Museum Collections Advance Knowledge of Human Health, mosquitoes, leeches, parasites, birds and minerals can be important sources for research to fight cancer and prevent diseaseThu, 08 Apr 2021 14:39:05 +0000Watch How Zookeepers Give Animals Their Meds takes more than just a spoonful of sugar to entice compliance from geckos, red pandas, kiwis and monkeysWed, 07 Apr 2021 14:28:32 +0000Gender-Inclusive Language Puts an End to the Era of 'Manned' Spaceflight is time to honor six decades of women's contributions to spaceflight, says the Air and Space Museum, with unbiased verbs like 'crewed' or 'piloted'Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:45:58 +0000Why These Five Women Changemakers in American Art Deserve Reconsideration rising scholar of equality issues in American Art dives into the Smithsonian collections to find dynamic stories for her upcoming webcomic seriesMon, 05 Apr 2021 14:50:22 +0000The Thorny Politics of Presidential Portraiture a new podcast, the National Portrait Gallery reveals that a portrait is being commissioned of the former president Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000How the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Spurred the Evolution of the Modern Rainforest evidence from fossil plants shows today’s South American rainforests arose in the wake of Earth’s fifth mass extinction Thu, 01 Apr 2021 18:00:00 +0000Learn About Dogs, Mangroves and Gardens at Free Online Natural History Programs This Month these free programs and more this April through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:00:00 +0000Time Travel Into Panama's Deep History With This Richly Illustrated New Graphic Novel'Martina and the Bridge of Time' tells the story of the Isthmus' formation and evolution through the adventures of a young Panamanian girlThu, 01 Apr 2021 14:26:17 +0000In Search of the Authentic Ernest Hemingway upcoming PBS documentary prompts a deep-dive into the story behind this rarely published Smithsonian portrait of the legendary writer Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Illustrator Jessica Esch Fell Down a 'Rabbit Hole' and Hasn't Emerged Yet During the pandemic, the Archives of American Art provided refuge and a place for artistic inspirationWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:00:00 +0000Meet With an Egyptologist at Tell el-Amarna and 25 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in April out tapestry weaving, lunch with a curator and virtual study tours produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational programWed, 31 Mar 2021 18:04:54 +0000The Quarter-Century Reign of the All-Women Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles from a “girl band” or pop novelty, the group’s success is a hard-earned triumph of gender justiceTue, 30 Mar 2021 17:24:20 +0000The Surprising Story of the Smithsonian Sunburst Pontes was the Institution’s first official graphic designer and the designer of the iconic sunburst symbolTue, 30 Mar 2021 13:43:23 +0000How Educators Can Boost and Activate Teen Voices the voices of teens, share their suggestions on how to support young leaders’ efforts without disrupting their individual agencyMon, 29 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Meet Sophia Kianni, the Young Climate Change Changemaker founder of Climate Cardinals assembled a team of global volunteers to breakdown language barriers by translating climate science and research Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Meet Naturalist Graceanna Lewis, Who Played a Key Role in the Underground Railroad of the first three woman to be accepted into the Academy of Natural Sciences, Lewis left behind a legacy of science and soclal progressFri, 26 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000A Friendship Forged in the Archives writer and illustrator Jessica Esch happened upon the Archives of American Art by chance; but destiny followedFri, 26 Mar 2021 14:43:48 +0000Honor the Tradition of Viewing Cherry Blossoms in These Signature Japanese Works of Art timeless glory of the early spring bloom can be found In the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art Thu, 25 Mar 2021 19:22:56 +0000Meet the Scientist Studying How Dogs Evolved From Predator to Pet about how humans of the past helped build the bond between us and our favorite furry friendsThu, 25 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000How Isabella Aiukli Cornell Made Prom Political citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a prom dress became the perfect vehicle to signal the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous womenThu, 25 Mar 2021 15:20:12 +0000How Do You Help a Gorilla With a Toothache? primate keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo noticed Baraka wasn't eating his meals, they wondered if this masked something more seriousWed, 24 Mar 2021 17:54:26 +0000The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen Soars on the Wing of This World War II Aircraft 80th anniversary of the first Black flying unit is a time to recall the era when military service meant confronting foes both at home and abroadWed, 24 Mar 2021 14:27:28 +0000How the Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl Inspired an Exhibition discovery of a forgotten document leads to a deep dive into a Jewish family's Eastern European history that was all but lostTue, 23 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Who Were the Scottsboro Nine? young black men served a combined total of 130 years for a crime they never committedTue, 23 Mar 2021 13:36:11 +0000Chicanx Graphic Artists Inexpensively Fomented Revolution, Using Recycled Materials protest artists, what receives the image is often of little importance; it is the image’s political message that is vitalTue, 23 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Culinary Expert Grace Young Is Documenting the Toll of the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Hate on NYC's Chinatown award-winning cookbook author recently donated prized family heirlooms to the SmithsonianMon, 22 Mar 2021 14:48:30 +0000How Film Helps Preserve the World's Diversity Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archive houses eight million feet of film which can help future generations reflect on the pastMon, 22 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Trove of Early Yayoi Kusama Works to Go on Public View for the First Time Japanese artist gifted the pieces, which will be exhibited ahead of a May auction, to her doctor as thanks for free medical careFri, 19 Mar 2021 19:18:31 +0000Understanding the Power of Primary Sources and archives are silent until they come out from the attic, the shoebox, or a museum’s archive to find life again through shared discoveryFri, 19 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on What Makes for a Great Museum Exhibition well-curated show makes the unknown feel familiar—and reveals the unexpected Fri, 19 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000Looking at Leisure Through Early 20th-Century Trade Catalogs did people a 100 years ago spend their free time outside? The Trade Literature Collection offers a few clues to some very recognizable pastimesFri, 19 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000This Summer, a New Smithsonian Exhibition Takes You Inside Béisbol the American History Museum, cover all the bases with Latino ballplayersFri, 19 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Indian Country Weighs In on Deb Haaland's Confirmation as Secretary of the Interior as "one giant leap for Native women, "Haaland (Laguna and Jemez Pueblos) is hailed for her experience, strength and wisdom Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:34:49 +0000How Can Suburbs Control Deer Populations? And More Questions From Our Readers've got questions. We've got expertsThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How the World's Largest Aquamarine Gem Came to Be Dom Pedro Aquamarine is one of the largest mineral crystals found inside Earth's rocksWed, 17 Mar 2021 14:17:46 +0000How to Build a Better Homemade Face Mask, According to Science Covid-19 hit, Smithsonian researchers set up makeshift home laboratories to conduct groundbreaking studies on mask fabric materials Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How Alicia D. Williams Is Reviving Storytelling for Black Children wanted a different story for her daughter—and for herself. So, she set out to write itTue, 16 Mar 2021 17:09:59 +0000A Small Band of Panamanian Golden Frogs Is Saving Their Species From Oblivion of a deadly fungus, the amphibians are now being selectively bred through a program at the Smithsonian's National ZooTue, 16 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How to Take the Museum to Learners Who Can't Be There can make a big difference in the lives of young students who have never met a scientist, seen a microscope, or been to a museumFri, 12 Mar 2021 18:42:02 +0000Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures Offer Live Learning Experiences for Kids online experiences offer children opportunities to explore, discover, create and go behind the scenes at the museums—onlineFri, 12 Mar 2021 16:25:05 +0000How the Pandemic Changed Scientific Exploration Smithsonian scientists continued to discover the secrets of the natural world safely during the pandemicThu, 11 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000How Failed Quarantines Led to 20th-Century Measles Outbreaks 1904, measles epidemics were spiraling across the state of ConnecticutThu, 11 Mar 2021 15:53:00 +0000Baby Vampire Bat Adopted by Mom's Best Friend strong relationship formed between two female adult vampire bats may have motivated one of the bats to adopt the other’s babyWed, 10 Mar 2021 18:36:32 +0000How Gen. Henry 'Hap' Arnold, the Architect of American Air Power, Overcame His Fear of Flying his phobia, the five-star general built the U.S. Air ForceWed, 10 Mar 2021 14:15:37 +0000How Do You Weigh a Hummingbird? out how animal keepers weigh Spot, the hummingbird, and get tips on attracting the tiny beauties to your backyardTue, 09 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000First Vial Used in U.S. Covid-19 Vaccinations Joins the Smithsonian Collections empty vial, a vaccination card and scrubs worn by nurse Sandra Lindsay, first to be injected, will go on view in a new exhibition in 2022Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000Step Into the Mossy World Where Tiny Plants Play an Outsized Role in the Environment are an important part of our environment, but in the tropics, there's still much to learn about themTue, 09 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000