A new traveling exhibition created by educators and scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics pulls visitors into an exploration of the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe. Continue reading New exhibition takes visitors through space and time
The Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival, now underway (June 24–June 28 and July 1–July 5), highlights cultures around the world through performances and demonstrations of living traditions.
Continue reading The 43rd annual Folklife Festival brings the Texmaniacs, Gran’daddy Junebug and glamorgan sausage to the Mall
Secretary Wayne Clough, along with several other Smithsonian scientists, is in Kenya to understand the research programs and opportunities at the Mpala Research Centre. The Smithsonian is a partner in the administration of the center. Secretary Clough has agreed to share his observations with The Torch.
The Smithsonian’s third annual Garden Fest takes “The Scenic Route” with free, family-friendly activities for adults and children on Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, the public rooftop garden that occupies four acres between the Castle and Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Continue reading Take “The Scenic Route” at Garden Fest
Donald W. Williams has been selected to serve as the new safety manager at the National Zoo, effective April 27. Williams comes to the Zoo with more than 15 years experience in occupational safety and health. Most recently he served as the safety program manager, Washington Headquarters Services, at the Pentagon.
Designer Bob Mackie and comedienne Carol Burnett recently donated a costume from the 1970s-era television comedy “The Carol Burnett Show” to the American History Museum. The donation, a curtain dress meant to parody the iconic green velvet dress Scarlett O’Hara fashioned from drapes in the legendary film “Gone with the Wind,” was designed by Mackie and worn by Burnett in the comedy sketch “Went with the Wind,” a memorable satire that to this day showcases Burnett’s deft talent.
Continue reading Iconic costume blows into American History
We’re all careful about first impressions when we meet someone influential—the handshake, eye contact. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was all about the gift! Continue reading From the Secretary: An auspicious moment for the arts