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#AmericanGiving: How do you give?

National Museum of American History
On #GivingTuesday 2015, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History launched the Philanthropy Initiative, a long-term project to collect, research, document, and exhibit materials relating to the history and impact of American philanthropy. So we decided to ask our visitors: How do you give your time, talent, expertise, and funding?

#AmericanGiving: What inspires you to give?

National Museum of American History
On #GivingTuesday 2015, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History launched the Philanthropy Initiative, a long-term project to collect, research, document, and exhibit materials relating to the history and impact of American philanthropy. So we decided to ask our visitors: What inspires you to donate gifts of time, talent, expertise, and funding?

#BaoBaoBday: Bao Bao Turns 1 Tomorrow

National Zoo
Thanks to the panda cams, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, we have a digital scrapbook of Bao Bao's first year! In honor of Bao Bao's first birthday and giant panda conservation the Smithsonian's National Zoo is sharing clips from the panda cams collected over the past year. This brand new clip is from Aug. 22, 2014 - the day before Bao Bao's first birthday. What a difference a year makes! When Bao Bao was born she weighed 4.8 ounces, her eyes were closed and she had yet to get her white and black coloration. Now she weighs 44 pounds, has her black and white fur, and spends much of her time outside in her yard. Join in the celebration and tweet your birthday wishes for Bao Bao, and include what she represents for giant panda conservation using #BaoBaoBday!

#BaoBaoBday: Frozen Panda Birthday Cake

National Zoo
No birthday would be complete without a cake. Bao Bao got a special panda-friendly cake on her birthday. The tiered cake was made of frozen diluted apple juice and dyed pink using beet juice. It was decorated with carrot and sweet potato appliques. #BaoBaoBday

#BaoBaoBday: Painting Zhuazhou posters

National Zoo
For the #BaoBaoBday celebration, students from the Sunshine School, affiliated with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, and Friends of the National Zoo summer campers painted the posters that were placed in her yard for the Zhuazhou. She chose peaches during the Zhuazhou. Peaches are a symbol of longevity in China. Bao Bao will live a long life as an ambassador for panda conservation.

#BaoBaoBday: What is a Zhuazhou?

National Zoo
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bao Bao’s first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony. During a traditional Zhuazhou ceremony, symbolic objects are placed in front of a baby. The item that the baby reaches for first foretells something about his or her future. The Zhuazhou for Bao Bao was slightly modified for a panda cub. Three posters with symbols painted on them were placed in Bao Bao’s yard. Each poster had a different image, painted by students from the Sunshine School, affiliated with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Friends of the National Zoo summer campers. Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo, and Brandie Smith, senior curator of mammals placed small honey treats (a new favorite treat of Bao Bao’s) under the posters. One poster had peaches painted on it; in China peaches are a symbol of longevity. The second poster had bamboo painted on it, representing good health for the panda cub. The final poster had pomegranates painted on it; in China pomegranates are a symbol of fertility. Bao Bao chose the peaches first, which means she will live a long life as an ambassador for panda conservation. She then played with the poster with bamboo painted on it and finally the pomegranate poster. After she had played with all three posters she climbed up her favorite hemlock tree.

#BaoBaoBday: Zhuazhou

National Zoo
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bao Bao’s first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony. During a traditional Zhuazhou ceremony, symbolic objects are placed in front of a baby. The item that the baby reaches for first foretells something about his or her future. The Zhuazhou for Bao Bao was slightly modified for a panda cub. Three posters with symbols painted on them were placed in Bao Bao’s yard. Each poster had a different image, painted by students from the Sunshine School, affiliated with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Friends of the National Zoo summer campers. Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo, and Brandie Smith, senior curator of mammals placed small honey treats (a new favorite treat of Bao Bao’s) under the posters. One poster had peaches painted on it; in China peaches are a symbol of longevity. The second poster had bamboo painted on it, representing good health for the panda cub. The final poster had pomegranates painted on it; in China pomegranates are a symbol of fertility. Bao Bao chose the peaches first, which means she will live a long life as an ambassador for panda conservation. She then played with the poster with bamboo painted on it and finally the pomegranate poster. After she had played with all three posters she climbed up her favorite hemlock tree. “This has been such a fast year,” said Kelly. “I remember feeling like an anxious father-to-be while waiting see if Mei Xiang was pregnant. Today, we are celebrating one of our biggest conservation successes. It’s been amazing for us, our members and all of Washington, D.C., to watch Bao Bao thrive and grow. She is so much more than just a beautiful 44-pound cub. She represents decades of collaboration between American and Chinese scientists.” A public celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and started with a special panda-keeper talk about Bao Bao and panda conservation. At 11:30 a.m., Bao Bao will receive a special birthday cake. The tiered cake was made by the Zoo’s nutrition department. The tiers are made of frozen diluted apple juice and were dyed varying shades of pink using beet juice; frozen between the tiers were apple and pear slices, some of the pandas’ favorite foods. The cake was decorated with flower appliques carved from carrots and sweet potatoes. In lieu of icing on the cake, a large number “1” carved from frozen diluted apple juice sat atop it. The celebration will conclude with an extra panda-keeper talk at 1:30 p.m. Guests and panda fans are encouraged to tweet their birthday wishes for Bao Bao today and support panda conservation using #BaoBaoBday. Guests enjoyed dandan (dahn-dahn) noodles courtesy of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. The cold noodles are a dish from Sichuan Province. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, where Mei Xiang and Tian Tian were born and where Bao Bao will live after she goes to China when she turns 4, is located in Sichuan. Bao Bao’s birth one year ago was a significant conservation success for the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, which has been studying giant pandas for 42 years. She was born as the result of a precisely timed artificial insemination performed by the panda team at the Zoo, which included Zoo scientists, veterinarians and keepers, and scientists from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. When Bao Bao is 4 she will travel to China and enter the breeding program for giant pandas.

#DeepTime, Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists

National Museum of Natural History
Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur? For young Skip Hommer it was transformative. Since age four, Skip has rallied his friends around his love of dinosaurs and donated his birthday money to support #DeepTime, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s reimagined Fossil Hall.

#DigIntoDyar chat with Marc Epstein

Smithsonian Libraries
Entomologist and author Marc Epstein discusses the fascinating life and work of Smithsonian scientist Harrison Dyar, using Dyar's own specimens and field books.

#DivineAtNight

National Museum of African Art
Last look at The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists Enjoy a special evening of activities, including • performances by Holly Bass • an art scavenger hunt, • selfie spots with the art, and • a full bar with specialty drinks Presented by the National Museum of African Art in collaboration with #SMITHSONIANat8

#DontMuteDC: A Glimpse at the District’s Go-Go Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This presentation is adapted from #DontMuteDC: An Oral History, a collaboration of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies. Recordings, photo portraits, and interview transcripts will be publicly available through the Ralph Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, folklife.si.edu Interviews were recorded on June 6, 2019 at the Metro PCS store of Donald Campbell at 1915 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC, 20001. They were led by Nico Hobson, Brandi T. Summers, and Delece Smith-Barrow. Camera: Rameshwar Bhatt, Charlie Weber, Harry Zhu Editing: Harry Zhu Music: Chuck Brown band Painting: Jay Coleman [Catalog No. CFV11179; (c) Smithsonian Institution, 2019]

#EndangeredSong

National Zoo
Music + science come together to raise awareness. Stay tuned to our channels on 4/22. #EndangeredSong #EarthDay @Portugaltheman

#FSEmpresses: Curator's Cut - Fun with Hats

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Get the scoop on this beautiful Qing Dynasty-era headdress direct from co-curators Jan Stuart and Daisy Yiyou Wang! Learn why it's so special, on what occasions it was worn, and more. Festive headdress with phoenixes and peonies China, Qing dynasty, probably second half of 19th century Metal with gilding, kingfisher feather, jadeite, tourmaline, coral, pearls, and glass; frame: metal wires with silk floss and satin H x W x D: 15.2 × 29.2 × 27.9 cm (6 × 11 1/2 × 11 in) Lent by Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1937, 37.125A-D

#FSEmpresses: Portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This time-lapse video captures the installation of American artist Katherine A. Carl's portrayal of Empress Dowager Cixi. The empress had this larger-than-life portrait (it stands 16 feet tall in the frame) created for display at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. In a strategic diplomatic move, Cixi had this portrait presented to President Theodore Roosevelt. It is now part of the collection at the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler and is part of the exhibition "Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912" currently on view until June 23, 2019. 慈禧皇太后油画像屏 Empress Dowager Cixi Katharine A. Carl (1865–1938) Oil on canvas Frame: camphor wood Transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, S2011.16.1-2

#FWTrueLove Live Tour Part 1b: Dr. Nick Pyenson & Fossil Marine Mammals

Smithsonian Institution
We have sound! Join us in this video that explores the Department of Fossil Marine Mammals with curator Dr. Nick Pyenson. Tweet us your questions and watch Twitter @TranscribeSI @BioDivLibrary @FieldBookProj @PyensonLab @SmithsonianArch for livetweeting details

#FWTrueLove Tour - (missing sound but interesting clip!)

Smithsonian Institution
Please note: this video is missing sound input. To view Part 1 of our #FWTrueLove tour follow to this link: https://plus.google.com/events/c0281lge6s8551pf1e7ip2r5ea0 As we wrap up this session, join us at this link for a tour of the Cullman Library - http://bit.ly/17KWS2P

#FWTrueLove Tour Part 2: Dr. Nick Pyenson & the Kellogg Library team

Smithsonian Institution
Part 2 of our tour explores the Kellogg Library with our host and curator, Dr. Nick Pyenson. Tweet us your questions and watch Twitter @TranscribeSI @BioDivLibrary @FieldBookProj @PyensonLab @SmithsonianArch for livetweeting details

#GorillaStory: Calaya and Moke in the Great Ape House Outdoor Yard

National Zoo
Our 1-week-old western lowland gorilla Moke is doing great! Primate keeper Melba Brown dishes on the troop's reaction to their newest member in the latest #GorillaStory update: https://s.si.edu/2vEldZh.

#GorillaStory: Happy First Birthday, Moke!

National Zoo
It is hard to believe that an entire year has passed since the day that Moke, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo's infant western lowland gorilla, was born. In a blink of an eye, he has grown from a fragile newborn to a rambunctious youngster. KEEPER UPDATE: https://s.si.edu/2G9TUbg.

#GorillaStory: Moke on the Mend

National Zoo
Over the weekend, primate keepers noticed that the Zoo’s western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, was not placing weight on his left leg. A veterinary exam revealed that the rambunctious 9-month-old had a fractured femur. Moke is resting and recovering with his parents, Calaya and Baraka, under the close watch of the animal care team. Find out more about Moke’s treatment: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news/gorillastory-moke-mend.

#GorillaStory: The Troop is Back Together!

National Zoo
Get the scoop on the reunion between western lowland gorilla infant Moke and his troop from Becky Malinsky, assistant curator of Primates. UPDATE: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news/gorillastory-troop-back-together.

#MyTCdiscovery - October 27, 2014

Smithsonian Institution
What are you discovering? Here's what Smithsonian Transcription Center volunpeers shared during our first #MyTCdiscovery on Monday October 27, 2014. Share your transcription discoveries on the last Monday of the month with #MyTCdiscovery.

#OrangutanStory: A Redd Winter

National Zoo
At 16 months old, Bornean orangutan infant Redd is growing stronger and more independent every day. Read all about Redd’s progress and favorite activities in the latest Q&A with animal keeper Erin Stromberg. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news/orangutanstory-update-redd-winter

#OrangutanStory: Redd Goes to School

National Zoo
Over the winter, Bornean orangutan Redd learned some new husbandry behaviors! Read the latest #OrangutanStory from primate keeper Erin Stromberg. STORY: https://s.si.edu/2Y2DIjx.
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