November twenty-six, nineteen hundred sixty-three.

Anne Evenhaugen : November 27, 2015 9:00 am : Advancement and Development, Art and Design, Collection Highlights, Events, homepage, Special Collections


November twenty-six, nineteen hundred sixty-three, poem

November twenty-six, nineteen hundred sixty-three, poem

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr. on November 22, 1963, ultimately ushered in a decade of turmoil and distress in the United States. The Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement for African Americans were two of many struggles facing the American people in the 1960s. more »

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National History Day resources and a Hackathon!

Erin Rushing : November 13, 2015 9:00 am : Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, History and Culture, Research

Each year, thousands of students from around the country participate in National History Day competitions. These contests challenge students to create exciting, well-researched projects that explore historic people and events.

This year Smithsonian Libraries was invited to be a partner organization and help kick off National History Day’s opening webinar to celebrate this year’s theme Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History. We jumped at the opportunity to create a five minute video to share five resources that would help inspire students as they developed their 2016 projects. more »

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Dibner Lecture featuring Laura Otis – December 2nd

Erin Rushing : November 6, 2015 9:00 am : Advancement and Development, Education and Outreach, Events

On Wednesday December 2, 2015, the Smithsonian Libraries will host its 22nd Annual Dibner Library Lecture featuring Laura Otis.

5:00pm, with reception to follow
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC

This event is free, please click here to reserve your tickets, or call 202.633.3054.

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The End of the Tour – and Still No Hard Feelings

Julia Blakely : November 2, 2015 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions, Special Collections

The Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, to commemorate the American Bicentennial, invited members of England’s Royal Yachting Association to journey to the Eastern Seaboard for the “No Hard Feelings Cruise.” Sixty-two British sailors took up the offer, and with more than 300 others, embarked on eighty-nine yachts to race and explore the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in 1976. more »

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Join us for Adopt-a-Book Evening

Erin Rushing : September 14, 2015 9:00 am : Advancement and Development, Events

On October 8th, we invite you to enjoy an evening celebrating French food, wine and culture while exploring and adopting Smithsonian Libraries Rare Books. Guests will have the opportunity to browse a trove of remarkable and historic volumes and are invited to learn more about the Libraries’ special collections and why they must be preserved. Each book featured will be available for adoption. Gifts will benefit the Libraries’ rare books and preservation programs. Donations are fully tax-deductible charitable contributions.


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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Drive SW Washington, DC 20560

Admission: $40 per guest. Complimentary Valet Parking. Purchase Tickets.

Space is limited. RSVP by October 1, 2015.

Contact or 202.633.2241 with questions.

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Roundtable on Artists’ Books – September 16th

Erin Rushing : September 8, 2015 9:00 am : Art and Design, Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

To commemorate the opening of our newest exhibit, Artists’ Books and Africa, six artists will discuss how they develop and produce artist books. Panelists will address the inspiration for and recurring themes within their creations. The history of artist books in Africa will also be discussed. Curator Janet Stanley will lead a tour of the exhibit immediately following the discussion.


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Fun with #FantasticObjects

Erin Rushing : August 14, 2015 9:00 am : Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions, History and Culture

On Friday, August 7th, the Smithsonian Libraries and the National Museum of American History hosted a tweetup in the recently renovated Innovation wing (First Floor, West) of the museum. Fifteen Twitter followers joined us for special curator-led tours of Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 and the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. The group of tweeters represented a fun mix of educators, book lovers, and history enthusiasts. Participants came from as far away as Kansas and Connecticut! more »

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#FantasticObjects Tweet Up with National Museum of American History!

Erin Rushing : July 21, 2015 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Join us for a Tweet Up with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Libraries!

Friday, August 7, 9:00-10:30 A.M. (EDT).

To celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 10 lucky Twitter followers will have the opportunity to experience a special tour of two of the wing’s exhibits led by Smithsonian experts and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. more »

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What’s in a Name? The Related Talents of Mark Catesby and Gertrude Jekyll

Julia Blakely : June 22, 2015 9:00 am : Art and Design, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Collection Highlights, Events, History and Culture

The Catesby Commemorative Trust launched the publication of The Curious Mister Catesby with a program at the National Museum of Natural History this past April. Smithsonian Libraries’ own Leslie Overstreet, a contributor to these various perspectives on Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (London, 1729-1747), spoke on that work’s long, complicated printing history. Another speaker, E. Charles Nelson, presented his research into the naturalist’s biography. His mention of the author’s maternal family name, Jekyll, caught my attention˗˗could this early 18th-century Englishman, who produced the great study of the flora and fauna of colonial America, be related to the later renowned horticulturist, influential garden designer and wonderful writer Gertrude Jekyll? more »


Herding the Fuzzy Bits: What do you do after Crowdsourcing?

Grace Costantino : June 17, 2015 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Conference Notes, Education and Outreach, Events

So you’re a library or museum and you’ve been crowdsourcing and now you’ve collected lots of fantastic data. What do you do with it?

Or maybe you’ve been thinking about crowdsourcing but you’re not sure how you would integrate what you get with the data you already have.

The truth is that crowdsourcing often yields lots of fuzzy data and fuzzy solutions for reintegration with existing content. It can be challenging to figure out how to herd all of that fuzziness together in a useful way for reuse in your own project, library, or database. more »

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