Curator Theresa McCulla interprets American culture through the history of our long love affair with beer and brewing. Continue reading Tapping into beer culture
Valentine’s may be all flowers and chocolate today, but the Postal Museum shows how the Victorians enjoyed vinegar as much as honey. Continue reading Love and derision: Or, Valentine’s Day Victorian Style
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery today unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. The portraits were unveiled in a private ceremony as part of the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebrations and will be on public display beginning Feb. 13 in the renovated “America’s Presidents” gallery Continue reading In good company: Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled
Robert J. Spiller has been named Assistant Secretary for Advancement, effective March 12. He will oversee the Institution’s Office of Advancement, which is involved in building critical philanthropic financial support for the Smithsonian. Continue reading New Assistant Secretary for Advancement comes on board in March
Smithsonian staff work countless hours in the halls of our museums and research centers, in the field, at the Zoo, in our gardens and facilities. We are privileged to spend time with some of the nation’s most cherished treasures as we go about our duties. Sometimes, these unique experiences find a special place in our own personal stories. Amy Kehs introduces Darren Milligan and a few of his favorite things.
Julissa Marenco has been named Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs, effective Feb. 12. She will oversee the Smithsonian’s Offices of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services, and Special Events and Protocol. Continue reading Former FCC and Telemundo exec will lead Smithsonian’s communications team
Although temperatures are becoming more seasonal (for the moment), we won’t soon forget the polar temperatures and “bomb cyclone” that paralyzed the entire East Coast from Florida to Maine the first week of January. Tatyana Swift explains why global climate change creates extreme weather. Continue reading If the climate is warming, why is it so darn cold?
In the broadest study yet of low oxygen in the world’s seas, scientists reveal the planetary implications of a dying ocean. They also suggest some solutions. Continue reading The ocean is suffocating. How do we catch our breath?
In a year often marked by divisiveness, the Smithsonian strove to be more inclusive—reaching out to make our vast resources of collections, research and people more accessible, more relevant and more universal in 2017. Here are some of the highlights. Continue reading Carrying the Torch into a new year: 2018
Drum roll, please! The winner of the annual Smithsonian winter card contest has been announced. The winning design is a fitting symbol of One Smithsonian and how we work best when we work together. Continue reading Season’s Greetings 2017!