Now Open: Fantastic Worlds

*+-This post was written by Kirsten van der Veen, co-curator of “Fantastic Worlds.” When the west wing of the National Museum of American History reopens today,  July 1, after extensive renovations, a new Smithsonian Libraries exhibition will be opening with it: Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910. It will be the first exhibition to debut in the newly refurbished Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery. On display will be some of the very works that exposed an eager and curious public to the wealth of new ideas and inventions of the 19th century (landmarks of scientific discovery, imaginative fictions, popular science, newspaper hoaxes, dime novels, and more). Showcased alongside selected historical artifacts from Smithsonian museum collections, the books on exhibition will trace the impact of the period’s science on the world of fiction.

Computers and Washington

*+-Last fall, I marked the season for the harvesting of grapes to honor John Adlum, the little-known “Father of American Viticulture.” The origins of the first commercially viable vine in the American wine industry can be traced to the District of Columbia. Now, with the great interest in Alan Turing, the recent auction sale of this English mathematician’s 56-page notebook for more than a million dollars, and the success of the movie, more »

National Bike to Work Day

*+-Today, May 18th is National Bike to Work Day! Did you hop on your velocipede or walking machine for your commute today? If you missed it, don’t worry. National Bike Month is celebrated throughout the month of May. Our Galaxy of Images has an entire collection of bicycle imagery to get you in the mood!

New and Notable—National Museum of American History Library

*+-Here are some of the newest additions to the National Museum of American History Library.

School Furniture of the Past

*+-The Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library includes a number of school related trade catalogs. This catalog by J. L. Hammett entitled Illustrated Catalogue of School Merchandise 1872-1873 w/1874 cover and price list of school furniture includes desks and chairs for students and teachers. Some of the desk styles have a chair attached to a desk while others have a separate desk and chair.

Weeding and Scanning at NMAH

*+-The National Museum of American History (NMAH) Library initiated a summer weeding project that will create a better meeting space for researchers to use reference materials and work collaboratively.

Bill Baxter to Lead History and Culture Libraries

*+-The Libraries is delighted to announce that Bill Baxter has been appointed the new Head of the History and Culture Department.

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