Cruising through National Bike Month

*+-There are only a few days left in National Bike Month but we couldn’t let May pass without sharing a few of the fabulous bicycle-related resources available from the Smithsonian Libraries. National Bike Month, established in 1956, is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. It promotes the benefits of bicycling and encourages more folks across the country to give it a try.

Labor Day

*+-We hope you get a break from punching the clock and a chance to enjoy your time off, American workers! If you are looking for a little holiday reading, perhaps reflect on the origins of the day with this blog post from last year.  

Gale launches new Smithsonian products

*+-This past week at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, launched two new products based on Smithsonian collections. The products, Trade Literature & the Merchandizing of Industry and World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow, featured many items from the Smithsonian Libraries.

White Bronze for the hereafter

*+-This Catalogue of the Monumental Bronze Co. is one of the many examples of trade literature that the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library has in its collection; they are among the most valuable research resources for documenting the tastes and trends of culture, and the products being marketed and sold in a given time period. These are Victorian era zinc sculpture and ornaments for cemetery grave markers and “monuments”.  “White bronze” was an more »

Happy Labor Day

*+-The Libraries has countless images in its Galaxy of Images website and online exhibitions and collections featuring people from all eras working hard to make a living. Here are a few highlights:

Appreciate A Cow Today

*+-Some count it as the 15th, some as today, the 18th, but shouldn’t every day be cow appreciation day?

Doesn’t This Feel Like Fall?

*+-It’s Thanksgiving week and we are well into the season of Fall, so we decided to feature some trade literature with a Fall theme.

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