#ColorOurCollections Coloring Event

Erin Rushing : January 29, 2016 9:00 am : Art and Design, Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Color in a New Light coloring pages_Page_1From Feburary 1-5, 2016 the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is encouraging cultural institutions and crayon enthusiasts to join together for #ColorOurCollections. Institutions such as NYAM, the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Smithsonian Libraries will provide inspiration and coloring sheets for artists of all ages to fill in. Colorers can share their creations on social media by tagging the organization and using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.

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A funny thing happened on the way to my internship: What I accidentally learned in my first week as an AA/PG intern

Anne Evenhaugen : January 25, 2016 9:00 am : Art and Design, Events, Exhibitions, Intern and Volunteer Updates

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

This post was written by American Art/Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library intern Sharon Wolff. Sharon is an MSIS grad student at SUNY at Albany in New York, and came down to DC to intern with the AA/PG from the end of December through most of January. She primarily worked on cataloging the Art and Artist Files while she was there, along with the upcoming Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibit.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I was accepted as an intern for the Smithsonian AA/PG Library in DC, but I certainly could not have predicted that I would accompany Anne Evenhaugen to George Mason University to pick up artists’ books and prints for an exhibition on my second day. I wasn’t even sure what an artist’s book was, so the whole trip was a great learning opportunity for me! more »

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Explore “Color in a New Light” on Periscope & Twitter

Erin Rushing : January 19, 2016 9:00 am : Art and Design, Collection Highlights, Events, Exhibitions

At the end of the month, the Smithsonian Libraries will open Color in a New Light, a new exhibition highlighting the role of color in our lives, from science to fashion and everything in between.  Even if you’re not able to visit the show in person in the National Museum of Natural History ,  we invite you to join us as we explore color through several interactive social media events.


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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 silrsvp@si.edu 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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