What’s the buzz?

To bee or not to bee? It’s time to dazzle your coworkers with a display of ostentatious orthography at the 2019 Smithsonian Spelling Bee!

Bee poised on daisy


If you’ve noticed that “fridge” has a “d” but somehow “refrigerator” does not, you might be an undiscovered spelling maestro and we want you to participate in the 2019 Smithsonian Institution Spelling Bee!

The bee is organized by the Smithsonian Community Committee, and this year our list of facilitators includes Secretary Skorton, John Davis, Robin Davisson, Zarth Bertsch, Nancy Gwinn, Paul F. Johnston, Jim Deutsch, Eric Woodard, and even our resident robot, Pepper. Plus, we promise to have certificates for the participants, medals for the 2nd and 3rd place winners, and a trophy for the champion. Couldn’t your office use a comely trophy?

Save the date!

Thursday, February 7, 1:00−3:00 p.m.
The Ring Auditorium (Hirshhorn)

Alternate date is February 12, 1:00−3:00 p.m. if the 7th is a snow day.

Everyone is welcome! If you’d like to participate, RSVBee to Julie Beals ( with the subject line “Spelling Bee Participant.” The only requirement for spectators and participants is that they have a current, valid SI badge.

Posted: 16 November 2018
About the Author:

The Torch relies on contributions from the entire Smithsonian community.