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WETA – September 19,2016
WETA Around Town talks with curator Marjorie Lightman and artist Lou Stovall about the exhibit “1963-1975” at the Anacostia Community Museum. Watch the video
The Washington Post – September 19, 2016
All eyes this week are on the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but another profoundly important project on the Mall is nearing completion and worth celebrating. Read more from The Washington Post.
Smithsonian.com – September 20, 2016
Almost two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it. Read more from Smithsonian.com
National Geographic – September 20, 2016
Cat Wars ignites a fiery debate over the impact of felines on birds, and what to do about it. Read more from National Geographic.com
WTOP – September 20, 2016
Eight days after it was born, the first orangutan born at the National Zoo in more than 25 years, has a name and a mother who appears to be a natural after a dozen years of training. Read more and watch a video from WTOP.com
Three Howard University Track Students Ran Through the Hirshhorn to Commemorate the African American Museum Opening
Washingtonian – September 22, 2016
When Basil Niccolls was a freshman at Howard University in 2013, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture was a very large hole in the ground. Although the museum was authorized in 2003, construction didn’t begin until 2012. By the time Niccolls saw it, construction workers were building the museum’s four underground floors, each one representing a different era in African American history. Read more from the Washingtonian.
Hyperallergic – September 21, 2016
In a letter released today, 1,281 archaeologists, museum directors and staff, anthropologists, and historians expressed their solidarity against the destruction at Standing Rock by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Initiated by the Natural History Museum (NHM), a mobile museum founded by the arts collective Not an Alternative, the letter was sent to President Barack Obama’s administration. Read more from Hyperallergic.
CBS News – September 23, 2016
CBS News will honor the career of Charles Osgood with a special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning,” titled “Celebrating Charlie,” to be broadcast Sept. 25, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET on the CBS Television Network. After the final broadcast, Osgood’s bow-tie will be donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where it will become part of its permanent collection. Read more from CBS News.
Hyperallergic – September 22, 2016
An effort to describe the diversity of birds led to one of the first modern color systems. Published by Smithsonian ornithologist Robert Ridgway in 1886, A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists categorizes 186 colors alongside diagrams of birds. In 1912, Ridgway self-published an expanded version for a broader audience — Color Standards and Color Nomenclature — that included 1,115 colors. Some referenced birds, like “Warbler Green” and “Jay Blue,” while others corresponded to other elements of nature, as in “Bone Brown” and “Storm Gray.” Read more from Hyperallergic.
Posted: 29 September 2016