On June 28, 2011, the nation honors one of the truly larger-than-life figures in American folklore by observing Paul Bunyan Day. Paul Bunyan is a legendary lumberjack of gigantic proportions who, accompanied by a blue ox named Babe, traveled throughout the country performing incredible, though often incidental, feats.
On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall will be hosting Space Day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free annual event, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, provides visitors with opportunities to learn about space through hands-on exhibits, activities, and presentations by astronauts and other space experts. In keeping with the program’s mission to provide a fun learning experience for all ages, there will be several activity and presentation stations for children and teens, including Alka Seltzer-powered rockets, astronaut paper dolls, and LEGO spacecraft models.
On March 31, 2011, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring April 2011 National Financial Literacy Month. With many Americans currently suffering financial hardships due to the recent recession, National Financial Literacy Month was enacted to increase the public’s understanding of our economic system and promote financial stability.
Two entries on today's topic, the Bald Eagle . . . Washington Sea Eagle ca. 1836-1839 John James Audubon Born: Les Cayes, Haiti 1785 Died: New York, New York 1851 oil on canvas 46 x 33 1/4 in. (116.8 x 84.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. S. Dillon Ripley II and Mary Livingston Ripley 1994. John James Audubon painted this bird, Sea Eagle / Falco ossifragus [Immature Bald Eagle], for his now-famous work titled The birds of America, which was published in a double-elephant format (39 in. tall x 26 in. wide) between the years 1827 and 1838. He first saw the bird in February 1814, while travelling with a Canadian fur-trader on the Upper Mississippi River. It is a male Bald Eagle in immature plumage, but Audubon believed it to be a separate species and named it in honor of the country’s first president, calling it the Bird of Washington, or the Washington Sea Eagle. The Libraries holds the National Audubon Society’s copy of the work on deposit, more »