News and Notes

‘Star Trek’ tickets on sale now
Boldly go where no one has gone before in the Airbus IMAX Theater with a young, new crew in the latest installment of the Star Trek series. See how the crew of starship U.S.S. Enterprise came together and began their journey at the Starfleet Academy.

“Star Trek: The IMAX Experience” is directed by J.J. Abrams (“Mission Impossible III”) and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers”) and stars Chris Pine (“Bottle Shock”), Zachary Quinto (“Heroes”), Winona Ryder and Eric Bana.

“Star Trek” premiers at the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday, March 7. Tickets are on sale now. SI staff may purchase tickets at a discount for themselves, their friends and their family (unlimited number). To get the staff rate, you must purchase tickets at an SI Theater box office and present your badge. Box offices are located at:Natural History—Rotunda and Johnson IMAX Theater Lobby
Air and Space—Einstein Planetarium and Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Udvar-Hazy—Airbus IMAX Theater

Photo: The Space Shuttle Enterprise was greeted by members of the original Star Trek television cast when it made its debut on Sept. 17, 1976. The shuttle, now in the collection of the Air and Space Museum at the Udvar-Hazy Center, was named the Enterprise after a successful letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fans who wanted to commemorate the show’s starship USS Enterprise. From left to right are Dr. James D. Fletcher, NASA Administrator; DeForest Kelley (Dr. “Bones” McCoy); George Takei (Mr. Sulu); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Rodenberry; and Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Checkov). (Photo courtesy NASA Johnson Space Center)

news-asiaticaSI designers win big at 2009 AAM Publication Design Competition
Continuing their brilliant streak after last year’s “best-of-show” award for “Asiatica,” the Freer and Sackler Galleries design staff won several prizes at the 29th annual American Association of Museums Museum Publications Design Competition, including three first prizes and one honorable mention for excellence in graphic design:

First Prize
Adina Brosnan-McGee
Freer and Sackler Calendar of Events

Kelly Doe
Asiatica 2008 annual report

Nancy Hacskaylo
“Garden and Cosmos” Gala Invitations

Honorable Mention
Nancy Hacskaylo
“Garden and Cosmos” Metro Poster

alphabetilatelyAAM also honored the Postal Museum’s exhibition “Alphabetilately.” The whimsical and unique exhibition took first prize for the 2009 calendar and supplementary materials and second prize for invitations—all designed by Michael Osborne Design.

The national competition drew more than 700 entries from museums and galleries across the United States. A range of jurors from the museum publication industry selected 120 publications as winners.

A natural partnership
The Smithsonian Photography Initiative joined the Smithsonian Institution Archives effective March 31, 2009. At this moment in history when the adoption of digital technologies is critical to engaging younger generations, the merger of these two units creates a powerful environment that will reach new audiences who will appreciate and use photographic collections, both on site and on the Web.

SIA is the official repository for the Institution’s records. Its mission includes appraising, acquiring, and preserving the records of the Institution and related documentary materials; establishing policies and providing guidance for managing the national collections; offering a range of reference, research, and records services; and creating products and services that promote understanding of the Smithsonian and its history. SPI was established in 2001 as a model for a new, pan-Institutional approach to making the Smithsonian’s photography collections more accessible and visible to researchers and the general public. Using a variety of new media tools, SPI develops online programs, resources, and educational activities to increase the public’s awareness of the Smithsonian’s unique and important collections.

SPI and SIA are natural partners, as the Institution moves closer to the capability of bringing its collections together virtually, enabling cross searching and discovery. With similar goals of access and use of collections, a partnership between these two units provides the focus for greater awareness, access, and use of Smithsonian’s important photography collections.

 Historic St. Mary’s City
stmaryscity_newsandnotesHistoric St. Mary’s City, a museum of history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capitol is offering free admission to Smithsonian staff and volunteers who present a valid SI badge. Historic St. Mary’s City is the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America and is a mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful tidewater landscape. It is also a partner in the exhibition “Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake” at the Museum of Natural History.

Posted: 28 April 2009
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