How do you read an old book that might poison you? Very, very carefully. Continue reading Arsenic and old books
Nancy E. Gwinn, director of Smithsonian Libraries since 1997, will be retiring at the end of the year. Continue reading Libraries director plans to chill for a while in retirement
A search committee has been created identify and evaluate candidates for the new position of director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, which are being merged into a single unit. Continue reading Search committee named for new SLA director
Did you know they served the astronauts on Skylab turkey and gravy in a tin can? We bet it was just as delicious as it sounds. Senior writer John Barrat takes us on a tour through the Smithsonian collections and discovers 25 turkey-related objects. Continue reading Let’s talk turkey.
We may not judge a book by its cover but it’s tempting to judge a book collector by what they covet. Continue reading Collecting the Collectors
Andrea Martin tags along as more than 300 kids find out just what their parents are up to all day during the annual Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Continue reading Inspiring our future colleagues
Mermaid or manatee? C’mon, you really can’t tell the difference? You’ve been out to sea waaaay too long. Continue reading Mermaid or Manatee?
What’s better than curling up with a good book on a gloomy day? Curling up with a good coloring book! Continue reading A is for Antiquarian. B is for Bibliophile. C is for…Crayon?
Don’t talk about politics during Thanksgiving dinner! Amaze your friends and confound your enemies with more turkey-related trivia than you ever thought you wanted to know. Remember, we have millions of objects in our collections—be grateful we didn’t keep going. Continue reading Take a trot through our collections for all things turkey
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet to Hollis Gentry, especially if it’s blooming beneath a family tree. Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Hollis Gentry