In a year often marked by divisiveness, the Smithsonian strove to be more inclusive—reaching out to make our vast resources of collections, research and people more accessible, more relevant and more universal in 2017. Here are some of the highlights. Continue reading Carrying the Torch into a new year: 2018
The entire Smithsonian community is given voice in this statement from Lonnie Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Only when we illuminate the dark corners and tell the unvarnished truth can we learn history’s lessons and bridge the gaps that divide us. Continue reading The tragedy in Charlottesville
Can an object be gay? Curator Katherine Ott reflects on collecting and interpreting objects representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning history.
Continue reading Spinsters, confirmed bachelors and queer history
The Smithsonian has a long history of diversity–in our collections, in our exhibitions and in our staff. As Pride month draws to a close, Max Kibblewhite takes a look at how the Smithsonian is preserving and promoting the stories of the LGBTQ community. Continue reading The Pride of the Smithsonian
Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, “la pasionaria,” Dolores Huerta is the first Latina to be the focus of the National Portrait Gallery’s “One Life” series and only the second living person to be featured. Continue reading One Life: Dolores Huerta
A new teacher’s website looks at the long struggle for civil rights through the lens of the Smithsonian’s collections. Continue reading Oh Freedom!
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear the stories of the brave women who fought for civil rights as members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Continue reading Hands on the Freedom Plow