February 29, 1976. Horticulture Services becomes an official Smithsonian museum office, rather than a grounds maintenance group. They still have to cut the grass and trim the shrubs, though. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: February 29, 1976
“I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.”—Ray Charles
Don’t miss the chance to see “The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” on PBS Friday, Feb. 26. Continue reading The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles
The Smithsonian is a massive organization–the largest museum and research complex in the world. In his first several months on the job, Secretary David Skorton has made several changes to the management structure of the Smithsonian in order to improve efficiency, transparency and collaboration. The Torch recently sat down with Dr. Skorton to talk about these changes and their impact on staff. Continue reading Streamlining the Smithsonian
We all hear about the superstars—the colleagues who make scientific breakthroughs or uncover brilliant young artists or unravel historic mysteries—but what about those colleagues who do exceptional work at indispensable jobs that never make the news? This is your opportunity to nominate those Unsung Heroes who, day in and day out, help excite the learning in everyone and make the Smithsonian a great Institution. Continue reading Sing the praises of our Unsung Heroes!
Celebrate World Wildlife Day with a special Smithsonian event, Stamping Out Extinction, at the National Zoo. Continue reading Stamping out Extinction
Sometimes you just can’t find a notepad handy when you need one. A new 3D digitization effort by the Air and Space Museum shows that even astronauts will scribble notes on the wall. Continue reading Graffiti in Space