Dec
13

Pickin’ or pizzacato, it’s all the same on National Violin Day

Pickin’ or pizzacato, it’s all the same on National Violin Day

National Violin Day (Dec. 13) celebrates the impact and cultural contributions of one of music’s most versatile instruments. Whether you’re into country pickin’ on the fiddle* or Stravinsky compositions in the concert hall, there is a violin for you. We asked an expert to choose one of his favorites from our collections. The music collections… Continue reading Pickin’ or pizzacato, it’s all the same on National Violin Day

Dec
06

Slavery and the Smithsonian

Slavery and the Smithsonian

On this date in 1865, the 13th amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery was ratified by the states. The complex legacy of slavery will always be part of our history; many of our most treasured institutions were built, quite literally, by enslaved people. Was the iconic Smithsonian Castle built with slave labor? Continue reading Slavery and the Smithsonian

Nov
26

Let’s talk turkey.

Let’s talk turkey.

Did you know they served the astronauts on Skylab turkey and gravy in a tin can? We bet it was just as delicious as it sounds. Senior writer John Barrat takes us on a tour through the Smithsonian collections and discovers 25 turkey-related objects. Continue reading Let’s talk turkey.

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