Calaveritas de azúcar are skulls made of white sugar that are part of traditional Día de los Muertos celebrations throughout Latin America, according to the Smithsonian Latino Center. The Day of the Dead is not a day of grieving but a day to welcome the spirits of the deceased with food and flowers. Dead? That’s… Continue reading What traditional holiday candy honors the dead?
What happens to the Smithsonian if there is no deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff”? Secretary Clough explains. Continue reading The Smithsonian and sequestration
The Smithsonian has a unique perspective to bring to the conversation. Continue reading Addressing global change
Save the date: The Staff Holiday Party is Tuesday, December 18. Continue reading 2012 Holiday Staff Party
Hope Diamond, Shmope Diamond–take a look at the latest gem in the Smithsonian collection. Continue reading World’s largest cut-gem aquamarine is unveiled
See the Zoo in a whole new light! Between 5 and 9 p.m. on December 7-9, 14-23, 26-30, and January 1 the famous ZooLights will be on view featuring beautiful light displays of our favorite animals. Continue reading ZooLights 2012
Learn more about Christmas decorations, naughty post cards, parade floats and more at “A Very Merry Material Culture Forum” Dec. 3. Continue reading A very merry Material Culture Forum
When was the last time a 1,600-year-old Bodhisattva flew over your head? Continue reading Ancient Buddhist treasures come to 3D life in “Pure Land”
The world’s first “spidernaut” lands at the Natural History Museum. UPDATE: Sadly, the spider has died of natural causes. Continue reading Spider from space descends on the National Mall!
“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood.” We certainly have big plans for the Arts & Industries Building! Continue reading What’s up at A&I?