The National Zoological Park’s new trail graphics system is inaugurated. The walks, which are color-coded, include tall totems of precast concrete at the beginning and end, with pictographs showing the various animals to be seen along the way and the length of the trail, walking time, services found on the trail, and a map showing… Continue reading June 30, 1977
…isn’t always dirty and gritty. Celebrate the season with a gallery of summer flowers in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. Continue reading Summer in the city…
Smokey Bear, a four-month-old orphaned black bear cub rescued from a forest fire in Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, arrives at the National Zoological Park. The National Park Service erects an exhibit next to Smokey’s enclosure, and the bear becomes a famous symbol of fire prevention. Smokey died in 1976 and was replaced by… Continue reading June 29, 1959
Smithsonian scientists have found archaeological evidence that the ancient Sugpiak people inhabited the Kenai Peninsula for thousands of years. Signs of more recent human activity are unfortunately, only too easy to see. Continue reading On the Road in Alaska: The Secretary’s travel journal
UPDATED July 6. We sent intrepid intern Will McCurry out to report on the sights, sounds and tantalizing smells from the 2010 Folklife Festival. Continue reading Live from the Mall: It’s the Folklife Festival
The birth of an endangered red panda cub is the first at the Zoo’s Washington, D.C., campus in almost two decades. Continue reading National Zoo celebrates first red panda birth in 15 years
The controversial “Enola Gay” exhibition about the B-29 airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima opens at the National Air and Space Museum.
James Smithson dies in Genoa, Italy. He is buried in the Protestant cemetery, about a mile west of Genoa, on a high elevation overlooking the town of Sampierdarena.
The Underwater Exploration section of the Hall of Armed Forces History opens in the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. The exhibition explores the study of historic underwater sites and trade routes in the Western Hemisphere; Spanish-American treasure; the history of diving; modern methods of diving and of locating… Continue reading June 26, 1967
The National Air and Space Museum’s “Apollo 11 Moon Landing” exhibition opens in the Arts and Industries Building. The exhibition contains items connected with Apollo program space flights, including a “lunar rock box,” lunar space suits, a lunar landing module identical to those used in the Apollo program, and other devices used on actual flights… Continue reading June 25, 1971