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Teaching Strategies for Museums: Compare and Contrast

Smithsonian Education
Compare and Contrast is a strategy to help students analyze similarities and differences. Applied to museum exhibitions and resources, comparisons can be made between distinctly different or closely related primary sources; between familiar and unfamiliar sources; or between concrete examples and abstract concepts. Another approach is to look at one thing from the perspectives of different disciplines. From Smithsonian Source, Teaching with Primary Sources website. 2005.

Conserving our Chinese Kites

National Air and Space Museum
Learn about some of the intricacies of preserving the Museum's Chinese kite collection from Curator Tom Crouch and Conservator Amanda Malkin.

1946 Travel Bureaucracy -- Nicaragua-Costa Rica

Human Studies Film Archives
Travel Bureaucracy (Nicaragua-Costa Rica) (1946): Travel red tape in Nicaragua, flight from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, aerial views of Costa Rica -- SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "The Road to Panama", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the complete catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post:

1976 Nagoya, Japan Part 3

Human Studies Film Archives
1976 Nagoya, Japan, part 3: Nogi Family Home: piano, kitchen, TV set—SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Japan", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post

Edward Theodore Taylor Oral History Interview

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The oral history consists of 2016.129.6.1a and 2016.129.6.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.

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Edward Taylor was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Mr. Taylor donated a photograph of himself that was taken in Korea during the Korean War to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He was 19 years old at the time the photograph was taken.

Edward Taylor vividly recounts his childhood in the segregated world of Maryland’s eastern shore, including a particularly tragic incident involving racial violence. He continues on to tell the story of his experience as a combat infantryman during the Korean War, after the US military had been recently integrated. This story includes the tale of how he earned two Purple Hearts. Later, after he returns to the United States, he recounts a racial incident that lead him to discard his Purple Hearts in the Chesapeake Bay. The last part of the interview is devoted to his role as a pioneering educator in the desegregation of the public schools in Wicomico County, Maryland.

Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.

Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.

Guide for Astronomy Part 3

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Flying High With Phil Keoghan: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Join world traveler and ‘Amazing Race’ host Phil Keoghan as he revisits his homeland of New Zealand and takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the country’s most fascinating sites and characters. From the Show: Flying High With Phil Keoghan

The Real Jesus of Nazareth: The Ministry Begins (Full Episodes)

Smithsonian Channel
Follow Robert Powell as he examines the early days of Jesus's ministry. Learn how he built a following with his words, charisma, and miracles and developed his radical message of the coming apocalypse. From the Series: The Real Jesus of Nazareth: The Ministry Begins

Nation to Nation: 03 Introductory Remarks by Kevin Washburn

National Museum of the American Indian
This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, and the notable book of the same title that accompanies the exhibition. In this segment, Kevin K. Washburn offers some Introductory Remarks. Kevin K. Washburn, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, is the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to carrying out the Department’s trust responsibilities regarding the management of tribal and individual Indian trust lands and assets, the Assistant Secretary is responsible for promoting the self-determination and economic self-sufficiency of the nation’s 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and their approximately two million enrolled members. A former law school professor and dean, Washburn also previously served as General Counsel for the National Indian Gaming Commission and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a well-known scholar of federal Indian law. Among his other books and articles, he is a co-author and editor of the leading legal treatise in the field of Indian law, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2012 edition). This symposium was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on September 18. 2014.

Robin White Owen's Mobile Smithsonian Vision

Office of the Chief Information Officer
Robin White Owen, principal at MediaCombo, gives her vision for Smithsonian Mobile at the American Association of Museums Conference in LA in May, 2010.

Desert to Rainforest: Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity and the Role of Fresh Water

Smithsonian Education
Middle school classes in Arizona and Panama are linking up to learn about each other's natural habitats. Through field trips and virtual classes, they'll learn scientific method from scientists in the field. In this session, Sharon Ryan of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will explore fresh water as a lens to learn scientific method. Presented by: Sharon Ryan, Public Programs Director, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Dr. Tony Coates, Staff Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Original Airdate: March 26, 2012 You can stay connected with the Smithsonian's upcoming online events and view a full collection of past sessions on a variety of topics.: With support from Microsoft Partners in Learning.


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Cooper-Hewitt: 2007 The Business of Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Business leaders discuss how green design impacts their overall strategy and affects their bottom line. The panel is moderated by Sarah Murray of the Financial Times and panelists include James Ludwig of Steelcase, John Righini of General Electric, and Sven Shiers of Patagonia. This event took place during National Design Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Earth Works - A collaboration between the National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian Gardens

National Museum of African Art
In a first-ever installation of land art on the National Mall, three artists have been invited to create site-specific earthworks in the historic Enid A. Haupt Garden. Strijdom van der Merwe of South Africa, El Anatsui of Ghana and Nigeria, and Ghada Amer of Egypt have each turned to the land as a canvas to explore such diverse and interrelated issues as memory, history and land use; spirituality, materiality, and environmental sustainability; and gender and the interconnections between hunger and political corruption. These works also challenge the absence of African artists from the discourse on land arts and reinforce awareness of how the earth works, as a medium and as a message.

Taíno Symposium – Closing Remarks

National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center presented Taíno: A Symposium in Conversation with the Movement on September 8, 2018 to celebrate the exhibition Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean. Experts representing Indigenous studies, genetic science, anthropology, linguistics, and other academic disciplines examined exhibition themes in dialogue with Taíno/Indigenous Caribbean community leaders and cultural workers. In this segment, José Barreiro, Assistant Director for Research and Director Emeritus, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, provides closing remarks for the symposium at large. José BARREIRO, PhD, is Assistant Director for Research and Director Emeritus, Office for Latin America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. A member of the Taíno Nation of the Antilles, Barreiro is a pioneering figure in Native American journalism and publishing. He co-edited, with Dr. John Mohawk, the national Native journal Akwesasne Notes from 1975–1984. In 1984 he co-founded the Native American Journalists Association. At Cornell University from 1984 to 2002, he served as associate director and editor-in-chief of Akwe:kon Press and the journal Native Americas. At the NMAI, among other initiatives, Barreiro led the Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project (CILP), which conducts research and representational activities with Caribbean Indigenous communities, scholars, and policy makers. He co-curated the exhibitions The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire (2015) and Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean (2018). José Barreiro’s writing on American Indian topics includes Indian Roots of American Democracy (1988); Indian Corn of the Americas: Gift to the World (1989); Indigenous Economics: Toward a Natural World Order (1990); View from the Shore: American Indian Perspectives on the Columbus Quincentenary (1990); Chiapas: Challenging History (1994); Panchito: Mountain Cacique (2001); America Is Indian Country (2006); Thinking in Indian: A John Mohawk Reader (2011); and Taíno (2012, novel). This symposium was webcast and recorded live in at the National Museum of the American Indian New York, George Gustav Heye Center on September 8, 2018.

#SLCYAP2018: What's Next in STEM

Smithsonian Latino Center
The Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program presents "What's Next in #STEM!" featuring Lismar Berro, Global Business Systems Program Manager, Ford Motor Company; Astrid Caldas, Ph.D., Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists; Zuleirys Santana Rodriguez YAP‘11, Transfer Assurance Technician, Progenity Inc.; Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, Ph.D., Nanotechnology Scientist (Moderator). The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued program support from Ford. #FordGivesBack

Curiosity lifts us up

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
MUSIC: Ghost Dance Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Project Search 2014-15

Smithsonian Institution
Project Search 2014-15

Episode 2. The Doctor Is In, A #DeepTime Series.

National Museum of Natural History
What is the most fierce dinosaur? How many dinosaurs species get discovered annually? And why *do* cats love boxes? In advance of the June 8, 2019 opening of #DeepTime, our reimagined fossil hall, Smithsonian vertebrate paleontologist Hans Sues addresses these audience questions in the latest episode of "The Doctor Is In."

1976 Mallorca, Spain Part 1

Human Studies Film Archives
1976—Mallorca Part 1: Town of Palma, hotels, street dancing, Cortijo - amateur bullfight, Flamenco dancing and music, Comte Mal, Spanish riding school, Central Valley, windmills, olive groves This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Spain 1976", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post: ‪

Happy Second Birthday Tealia Anemones!

National Zoo
In May the National Zoo celebrated the second birthday of its telia anemones. Two years ago invertebrate keeper Mike Henley came to work to find the anemones spawning, so he collected eggs and sperm and became the first to successfully use a coral larvae rearing technique to rear these anemones. Today they are the size of a quarter and on exhibit at the Invertebrate Exhibit.

A New View of Vegas

Smithsonian Channel
Started by mobsters and ruled by Wall Street, the Las Vegas strip has become the capitol of extravagance...and bad behavior. From the Series: Aerial America: Nevada

Casey Anderson's Wild Tracks 102: Secret of the Mountain Lion

Smithsonian Channel
A mountain lion drags a deer carcass back to its lair and Casey Anderson's infrared camera is there to capture the action. But the footage reveals a surprise that even the experienced adventurer didn't see coming. Take a rare look into the secret life of one of Montana's elusive big cats. From the Series: Casey Anderson's Wild Tracks: Secret of the Mountain Lion

Michael Holman Family Home Movie #18

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop.

Consists of: Super 8mm Film (a), Original Film Reel (b), Original Film Container (c).

2016. Super 8mm film. The film begins with a series of shots taken as the cameraperson arrives at the airport of an unidentified destination. The first shot is taken from the plane's window as it lands and the next few are of people exiting a Canadian Pacific Airlines plane and of people looking for their luggage. The next series of shots depicts a large gathering of people in an unidentified location. The presence of Cinzano advertisements indicates that it could be Italy. The film ends with multiple shots of people in a large convention hall participating in a Baha'i Faith event.

2016. Original film reel. White plastic with a brief content note.

2016. Original film container. Blue plastic with Technicolor markings.
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