Planting a Nineteenth Century Garden

-+*Now that Spring has finally arrived, warmer weather is hopefully here to stay. Flowers are beginning to emerge making it the perfect time to sit outside in the garden enjoying the outdoors. Perhaps you are wondering what to plant in your garden. How about a flower with a vibrant color? Or maybe one with a softer look? April is National Garden Month and a perfect time to highlight some of the options.

The history behind the Libraries

-+*Huzzah! It’s National Library Week! April 12th-18th has been designated by the American Library Association as a special time to highlight the importance of libraries in America. While we like to think that every week is “library week”, we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the amazing things that libraries do.  We’ll be sharing some fun facts and quotes about libraries in our social media outlets this week – follow along with us more »

Smithsonian Libraries Celebrates Women Pioneers in Air & Space

-+*As the month of March winds down, the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) honors Women’s History Month by celebrating women pioneers in the field of air and space.

A Nineteenth Century Adventure

-+*Are you dreaming of warmer weather? Thinking of summer vacation? Well, imagine living in the year 1897 and the time has come to choose your next vacation. Will it be a summer resort in the US or a trip across the Atlantic?

Dispatches from the Ramsey Room: Notes from a Rocket Man

-+*The Robert H. Goddard Papers and the Smithsonian Over a decade before Wernher von Braun and his colleagues jumpstarted the space age with the V-2 (or A-4) rocket, Robert H. Goddard was conducting experiments in the New Mexican desert on rockets powered by liquid fuel. After years of testing, the financially-strapped professor from Princeton appealed to the Smithsonian Institution for support to continue his experiments.

African American Artists and the Hudson River School

-+*Recently, you may have heard  about the ways art from the Hudson River School has been a source of inspiration for new artistic works. Well, the luminous landscape paintings have inspired us, too. In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to highlight a couple of African American artists with ties the school. These artists have paintings in the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection as well as an Art and Artist Files more »

Ein wunderbarer Duft von Farben (a wonderful bouquet of colors)

Striking early 20th-century color photographs from the African colonies of the German Empire

-+*Striking early 20th-century color photographs from the African colonies of the German Empire In the summer of 2014, I worked on a library cataloging and itemization project at the National Museum of African Art in the Warren M. Robbins Library.  This museum has a wonderful ambiance—even during the high summer with its heat waves and crowds.  African Art’s three subterranean levels under the Enid Haupt Garden provide a tranquil retreat with outstanding more »

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