“A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896”—National Museum of American History, through April 8, 2011 Showcasing the diary of William Steinway, the first president of famed piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons and a key figure in the cultural, economic and physical development of New York City. The complete diary is available… Continue reading ‘A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896’
Exercise your constitutional right to vote and help choose the stamp best suited to represent the United States. Continue reading Put your stamp on a new exhibition
Check out the newly reorganized and refreshed Smithsonian website. Continue reading A new year, a new look
The seven lion cubs born recently at the National Zoo have been named and introduced to their adoring public. Get a behind-the-scenes peek with Great Cats Curator Craig Saffoe. Continue reading That’s a lot of little lions
Montgomery Ward Department Store “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Book, National Museum of American History Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when the Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to create a Christmas story the store could give away to shoppers as a promotional gimmick. The retailer… Continue reading Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
“Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South” opens at the Anacostia Museum and will run through March 1994. The exhibition explores the lifestyles of enslaved and free African Americans, their regional work patterns, struggles and triumphs.
The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibitions, “Then and Now: American Portraits from the Past Century,” opens in Hong Kong, marking the beginning of the gallery’s first overseas tour of a major exhibition.
Watch as our Smithsonian Gardens staff and volunteers (very) quickly put together the Smithsonian Christmas tree–one of the most visible and anticipated of all our holiday displays. Continue reading One tall tree, one short morning
Secretary Clough reflects on the successes of 2010 and the challenges that await in 2011. Continue reading A message from the Secretary
In fiction, film and real life, Aslan the lion proves to be an inspiration. Continue reading A star is born