In 1939 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating August 19th, the anniversary of pioneer aviator Orville Wright’s birthday, to be National Aviation Day.
Today, August 19, is National Aviation Day, as well as being Orville Wright’s birthday. He was born in 1871. The Libraries has many titles in its collections centering on Orville and his brother . . . Happy birthday, Orville!
The scientific names assigned to animals often have intriguing origins, which can be revealed more »
The Cooper-Hewitt Library is celebrating the release of Shedding Light on New York: Edward more »
The Smithsonian joins the Flickr Commons project on June 16! The Smithsonian Libraries provided more »
Recto: Abraham Woodside (born Philadelphia, PA, 1819; died Philadelphia, PA,1853) Verso: Carte-de-visite photographer: H. more »