December 9, 2015 |
Do you have a picture of Bruce Springsteen jamming in a New Jersey basement? Ever take a selfie with Elton John? It's time to visit your attic, dust off your old photo albums, and show the world how much you love rock-and-roll. The largest museum in the world wants to spotlight your snapshots. The Smithsonian Institution recently launched Rock 'n' Roll, a crowdsourced site that chronicles the rise of rowdy genre music through the lenses of concertgoers. The museum is accepting and publishing fans' photographs on rockandroll.si.edu and will accept submissions through Dec. 1, 2016.
September 10, 2014 |
Here they lie, 43 creatures and plants that are no more. Assembled in cases at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - in a library normally closed to the public - are birds stuffed with cotton, jars holding a snake and a bat, insects pinned to display boards. Most natural history museum specimens are, of course, dead. But the demise of the ones in this new exhibit - "Mortal Remains: Animals That Have Perished from the Face of the Earth in Recent Times" - held greater implications.
March 7, 2014 |
WHETHER or not you are a sports fan, there's no denying that sports have come to define America as much, if not more, than any other social institution. With the possible exception of a monster snowstorm, nothing unites a city or region more than a winning home team, collegiate or professional. Sports' crucial place in our society is the focus of a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called "Hometown Teams. " The display runs March 22 through May 4 at the Noyes Arts Garage Stockton College, on the ground floor of the municipal parking garage in Atlantic City's Ducktown neighborhood.
May 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The first chops, to the forehead, did not go through the bone and are perhaps evidence of hesitancy about the task. The next set, after the body was rolled over, was more effective. One cut split the skull all the way to the base. "The person is truly figuring it out as they go," said Douglas Owsley, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution. In the meantime, someone - perhaps with more experience - was working on a leg. The tibia bone is broken with a single blow, as one might do in butchering a cow. That's one possible version of an event that took place sometime during the winter of 1609-10 in Jamestown.
April 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - There are probably more free things to do in the U.S. capital than in nearly any other major city in the world. The most popular museums and the zoo are free, thanks to government funding, as well as the picturesque memorials and monuments. With so many free options, the biggest challenge might be narrowing down what to see. Smithsonian Institution No visit to the nation's capital is complete without stopping at the nation's museums. First-time visitors learn fast that the Smithsonian is not one place.
December 14, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Early sound recordings by Alexander Graham Bell that were packed away at the Smithsonian Institution for more than a century were played publicly for the first time Tuesday using new technology that reads the sound with light and a 3D camera. "To be, or not to be," a man's voice can be heard saying in one recording, the speaker reciting a portion of Hamlet's Soliloquy as a green wax disc crackles to life from computer speakers. Another recording on a copper negative disc that was played back at the Library of Congress reveals a trill of the tongue and someone reciting the numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6.
November 23, 2011
I. Michael Heyman, 81, who was the first nonscientist to lead the Smithsonian Institution, after serving as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, has died. Mr. Heyman died at his Berkeley home Saturday after a long battle with emphysema. The Smithsonian and the university announced his death Monday. During five years as chief of the world's largest museum and research complex, Mr. Heyman oversaw creation of the Smithsonian's first website and an affiliations network that now includes 170 museums across the country.
July 28, 2002 |
When Lockheed Martin Corp. gave the National Air and Space Museum $10 million for a new annex, the aerospace manufacturer got a lot more than its name on the popular IMAX theater in the main building. It got a definite public relations nightmare. Some influential members of Congress had been watching with growing irritation as the Smithsonian Institution, parent organization of 16 government-supported museums along the National Mall, aggressively courted commercial donors.
July 15, 2002 |
Archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff spent most of his life unearthing lost civilizations and digging for buried scholastic treasure. These days, though, he is on an expedition into the labyrinthine mazes of Washington bureaucracy, searching for hidden savings, looking for expendable research, and generally digging for clues to save the Smithsonian Institution. Sabloff, director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, chairs a panel of scientists trying keep the financially troubled Smithsonian afloat - without gutting the research behind the wonders that have endeared the Smithsonian to generations of Americans as "the nation's attic.
March 24, 2001 |
The African American Museum in Philadelphia has been named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the first organization in the city to be chosen for the elite program, and one of only 65 organizations selected nationwide over the last four years. The affiliation allows the African American Museum to tap the vast resources of the Smithsonian, to borrow objects for exhibitions and programs, and to bolster educational initiatives and outreach programs. "We are really pleased," said Terrie S. Rouse, the museum's president and chief executive.