Preservation Outreach in Peru

​Due to the unusual amount of rain in March of this year, Peru experienced major flooding, particularly in the Northern providence of Lambayeque. Many cultural institutions were affected. As a result, Vanessa Wagner, the U.S. Embassy in Peru’s Senior Cultural Specialist, reached out to the Smithsonian to organize workshops and talks on the subjects of fire and flood safety & emergency response.

Spring 2018 Internships

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the world’s largest museum library? Now is your chance! For Spring 2018, the Smithsonian Libraries will host internships in four diverse areas. Read below for more details and visit our Internship page for additional information and application instructions.     Modern and Contemporary Art, A to Z The Smithsonian Institution Libraries artists’ files are an exceptional resource for art historical research. The more »

Outreach and Oral History: My time at the Smithsonian Libraries

Interested in learning more about libraries and museums with a Smithsonian Libraries internship? Fall applications are open until August 15th! More information here: https://library.si.edu/GeneralInternships As I reflect back on my internship appointment at the Smithsonian Libraries, I am left feeling entirely overwhelmed at the unique and enriching nature of this experience. Being mentored by Daria Wingreen-Mason of the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex was invaluable to my growth as both a student and more »

“Hidden Treasures” at the Heinz Center

The post was written by Vanessa Haight Smith, book conservator and head of Preservation Services. On August 19th, I participated in the fifth annual “Hidden Treasures” event at the SI affiliate, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.  Visitors to the popular event are encouraged to bring their prized possessions  to the History Center and meet with professional appraisers as the local CBS affiliate, KDKA-TV, cameras roam the museum.

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