The newly modernized Hall of Gems and Minerals in the Natural History Building is dedicated by Secretary Leonard Carmichael. Mrs. William F. Foshag, wife of the late curator of geology, cuts the ribbon. One of the highlights of the hall is the Hope Diamond, spotlighted against a dark-red velvet in “a centrally located, specifically designed… Continue reading July 31, 1958
The National Postal Museum opens to the public July 30, 1993. The new museum houses and displays the national philatelic and postal history collection, which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. The museum has five exhibit galleries, a Discovery Center, and a Library Research Center.
“Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922)” opens at the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the National Museum of American Art. Dow was an influential art educator around the turn of the century.
2011 Rubenstein Fellows applications due Sept. 15 Encyclopedia of Life is now accepting applications for 2011 Rubenstein Fellows. This international program seeks to support and extend the impact of original biodiversity research by postgraduates, graduate students and other-early career scientists. Click here for more information. Photo by James DiLoreto
Alison McNally, Under Secretary for Finance and Administration, was honored on the Senate floor July 27. Video after the jump. Continue reading Under Secretary honored
The Smithsonian is leading an effort to help Haiti preserve its artistic heritage in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake. Secretary Clough reports on the grave challenges facing this desperately poor but indomitable country. Continue reading On the road in Haiti: The Secretary’s travel journal
The oldest sculptures ever found in the Near East go on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the exhibition “Preserving Ancient Statues From Jordan.” The exhibition includes two humanlike figures and three double-headed busts from 6500 B.C., and three faces modeled on human skulls from 7000 B.C. The sculptures are nearly life-size and… Continue reading July 28, 1996
The charter of the National Institute (1840-1862) expires, and in accordance with its act of incorporation, the remainder of its library and museum is delivered by the Secretary of the Interior to the Smithsonian Institution. Before the organization of the Smithsonian, the National Institute held the personal effects of James Smithson with a view to… Continue reading July 27, 1862
The United States Congress appropriates $2,000,000 in construction funds and contract authority in the amount of $14,197,000 to construct the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
How do you get thousands of people to show up and say “cheese” for a group photo? Continue reading It’s just geometry!