Smithsonian Events Week of 4/6-10: Samuel Morse, Satellites and Bunnies

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Monday, April 6: Book Signing

Corkey Hay DeSimone will be available to sign copies of her children's book Cherry Blossom Friends, a book written especially for this year's Cherry Blossom Festival. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 12:00-3:00 PM

Tuesday, April 7: Quilting Demonstration

Volunteers from the Annapolis Quilt Guild demonstrate piecing, and other quilt-making techniques, and display related tools from the Museum's Textile Collection. Free. American History Museum, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 8: Weather, Spying and Space, Oh My! The Story of TIROS I: Ask an Expert

At just 19 inches high, TIROS-1 (Television Infrared Observation Satellite) was the world's first successful weather satellite and was launched into space in April 1960. Martin Collins of the National Air and Space Museum's Space History Division will discuss the TIROS satellite currently on display (it was the back-up model used for ground testing) in this lunchtime lecture. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM

Thursday, April 9: Great Communicators: Samuel Morse: Face to Face Portrait Talk

You may have seen the work of Samuel Morse at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History—his signature invention, the telegraph. But have you ever seen the face who conjured up all those dots and dashes? Come out to the National Portrait Gallery where curator of photographs Ann Shumard will discuss the portrait of Morse currently on display. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 6:00 PM

Friday, April 10: Annual Bunny Party

Is your best friend a 6-foot 3 and one half inch rabbit? Are your tea parties never without a march hare in attendance? Or, do you just live in fear of the cotton-tailed creature living down the street? Spring is here, so come sing, dance, play and listen to stories about bunnies and enjoy a little something sweet to eat (Hasenpfeffer will NOT be served.) For bunny aficionados ages 2-6. Tickets required. Rates are: $6 for adults; $5 for children (ages 2-16); $4 for Resident Members. Call 202-633-8700 to reserve your spot today. Discovery Theater, 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM. Repeats Saturday April 11 at 12:00 PM

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