Smithsonian Events for the Week of July 20-24: Apollo 11, Shadow Puppets, Ipswich House

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Monday, July 20: Book Signings

The Apollo 11 moon landing was a landmark event and has inspired authors and artists alike. Come on by the Air and Space Museum where several authors will be available to sign their books about the moon landing and tour the museum's recently-opened exhibit, Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on the Moon. The lineup of authors will be:

10 AM-12 Noon: James Hansen signs copies of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.

12 Noon-2 PM: Museum curator Roger Launius and research specialist Andrew Johnston sign copies of Atlas of Space Exploration.

3-5 PM: Andrew Chaikin signs copies of Voices from the Moon and A Man on the Moon.

Free. Air and Space Museum, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday, July 21: Shadow Puppet Workshop

Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form that persists as an entertainment medium. Come and learn from Daniel Barash on how to make your own shadow puppets and stay for a shadow puppet performance of poems from Douglas Florian's book Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars. Free. Air and Space Museum, 10:15 AM

Wednesday, July 22: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary: Von Braun’s Giant: The Saturn V: Ask an Expert

In this mini lecture, come hear Michael Neufeld from the museum's Space History Division discuss Wernher Von Braun's Saturn V Rocket, which carried the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon 40 years ago this month. Free. Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM

Thursday, July 23: Meet Our Museum: What's Real and What's Not? A Look into the Restoration of the Ipswich House

The Ipswich House is a mainstay exhibit in the American History Museum and has the status of being the largest artifact in the collections. Built in the 1760s, this house stood in Ipswich, Massachusetts and was home to five generations of Americans before coming to the Smithsonian. Come listen to exhibition specialist Joe Criste discuss the house and how the museum goes about restoring such large objects. Free. American History Museum, 12:00 PM

Friday, July 24: Hirshhorn After Hours: A Special Evening of Art, Music, and Cocktails

Come unwind from a busy week by enjoying an evening of art, music and libations at the Hirshhorn. From 8:00 PM to midnight, DJs izzy-b and Nyko Skyye will be spinning their unique blend of music and at 9:00 PM, curator Kristen Hileman will lead a tour of the Strange Bodies exhibition. Tickets are required. Rates are: $18. Free to Annual Circle members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Hirshhorn, 8:00 PM-12:00 AM.

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