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Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaska

Smithsonian Channel
Many ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Alaska http://bit.ly/1lLXV7S

Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Known as the "Yo-Yo Queen" for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skills as a textile artist into her role as a panel-making facilitator for The NAMES Project Foundation. At the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Bell-Johnson recounted the power of quilting to transform tragedy into celebration. Videography by Shaun Weber, Jamal Toye, Marinna Guzy, Kelsey Michael, Andrea Curran, Ashlee Duncan, and Charlie Weber. Editing by Kelsey Michael. [Catalog No. CFV10458; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Institution]

Communicating with Humans in Space

National Air and Space Museum
Sending humans into space through the space shuttle program and now the International Space Station is an important part of NASA's research capabilities. In celebration of World Space Week, Bill Marinelli, Space Communications and Navigation development manager at NASA; Dr. Marshall Porterfield, NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences director; and Dr. Steve Volz, NASA's Earth Science Director for Flight Programs, talk about NASA's human space exploration programs. (Webcast live October 8, 2014)

M101 in 60 Seconds (HIGH DEFINITION)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
This image of the spiral galaxy Messier 101 is a composite of observations from NASA's three Great Observatories.

Hawaii (ca. 1975)

Human Studies Film Archives
This SILENT video clip (2 minutes 57 seconds) is from the Linker family's travelogue series, "Three Passports to Adventure," documenting their travels to Hawaii. This video (HSFA1991.20.17-1a) is archived in the Human Studies Film Archives in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, search this title in http://collections.si.edu or contact hsfa@si.edu.

The Golden Domes of Moscow (1979)

Human Studies Film Archives
This SOUND video clip (2 minutes 56 seconds) is from the Linker family's travelogue series, "Three Passports to Adventure," documenting their travels to Moscow, Russia. This video features the space center and museum of Moscow. This video (HSFA 2002.16.266) is archived in the Human Studies Film Archives in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, search this title in http://collections.si.edu or contact hsfa@si.edu.

1960 Brittany, France

Human Studies Film Archives
1960—Brittany: The Alignements of Carnac, Quimper, church, market, pottery-- SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Footloose in France", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: http://tinyurl.com/nrgq47v. For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post: http://tinyurl.com/qyn6fkd.

1972 Yugoslavia Part 7

Human Studies Film Archives
SILENT FILM CLIP--1972 Yugoslavia, part 7: hotels, Sveti Stefan, Amphora, Albatross, swans, Otocec, Krk River, motels, grilling fish, roasting pig This film clip is from Thayer Soule's 1972 travelogue, "Yugoslavia", archived in the National Anthropological Film Collection (formerly the Human Studies Film Archives), Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: http://tinyurl.com/pnzse5t For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post http://tinyurl.com/qyn6fkd

1976 Nara, Japan

Human Studies Film Archives
1976 Nara, Japan: Chinese buildings, Sacred Deer Park, Daibutsu Den, Great Buddha, Great Bell, Kasuga Shrine—SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Japan 1976", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: http://tinyurl.com/k79h2vw For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post http://tinyurl.com/qyn6fkd

1946 Lake Atitlán - Guatemala

Human Studies Film Archives
Lake Atitlán (Guatemala) (1946): Town of Sololá, Lake Lake Atitlán with cloud and volcanic covering (some in fast motion) -- 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: http://tinyurl.com/HSFAcatalog. For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post: http://tinyurl.com/qyn6fkd.

1972 Bled, Yugoslavia (Slovenia)

Human Studies Film Archives
SILENT FILM CLIP--1972 Bled, Yugoslavia (Slovenia): lakes, reservoir, cliff, Bled castle, resort, promenade, flowers, fitness course. This film clip is from Thayer Soule's 1972 travelogue, "Yugoslavia", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: http://tinyurl.com/pnzse5t For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post http://tinyurl.com/qyn6fkd

Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea

Smithsonian Education
Participa en una exploración en línea de temas clave en estudios sociales, presentando recursos de museos de la institución Smithsonian. Exploraremos recursos educativos sobre la pregunta: ¿Cuál es la responsabilidad de los Estados Unidos de América en el mundo? https://s.si.edu/3b1yhIq

Joe Macek, Chair "Introductory remarks"

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Joe Macek,( Tennessee), during FANO Memorial Symposium, "Resonances and Reflections: Profiles of Ugo Fano's Physics and Its Influences", held July 24, 2002 at The Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts. © Harvard University and Joe Macek. The text and images on ITAMP's YouTube channel are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned or held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is being provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research or enrichment. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires permission. ITAMP is supported through grants by the National Science Foundation Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)

Marc Maiorana on Albert Paley and Wayne Higby—Connections: Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Metal worker and blacksmith Marc Maiorana, discusses how he draws inspiration from the unique intricacy of Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates” and the “enchanting” ceramic terrains of Wayne Higby’s “Temple Gate Pass.” “Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery” highlights the evolution of the craft field as it transitions into a new phase at the hands of contemporary artists, which in some way echoes the communal spirit and ideology of the pioneers of the American Studio Craft Movement in their heyday. http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/connections

Installation of Dale Chihuly's "Slate Green and Amber Tipped Chandelier" - Time-lapse

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Witness the installation process of Chihuly’s masterpiece, “Slate Green and Amber Tipped Chandelier” from steal skeleton through to finish product.

NGC 281 in 60 Seconds (High Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
High-mass stars are important because they are responsible for much of the energy pumped into a galaxy over its lifetime.

Artlab Minute 6.6.13

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
ARTLAB+ Minute

ARTLAB+ Slideshow

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
ARTLAB+ Production Teams Presents the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Produced by Zoe Malhotra. Edited by Max Rykov. Filmed by Carlos Campbell, Matthew Coleman, Max Rykov. Educator: Linsay Deming

Why Cathedral Ledge Is Perfect for Extreme Rock Climbers

Smithsonian Channel
A lure for thrillseekers across the country, the beautiful Cathedral Ledge can prove deadly if climbers mis-step as they scale her rockface. From: AERIAL AMERICA: New Hampshire http://bit.ly/1k4xUAX

Reverend J.C. Glessner's Footage of Iraq ca. 1928-1957

Human Studies Film Archives
Supplementary materials: 3,4

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Footage shot in Mesopotamia (Iraq) while Glessner worked as a missionary for the United Mission. Indigenous peoples filmed include the Iraq Bedouin, Yezidi, Kurds, Arabs, and Turkamen. Documentation covers a wide range of daily subsistence and domestic, ceremonial, and religious activities including: outdoor church services, animal husbandry (sheep), harvesting and threshing of wheat, water wells and wheels, Bedouin tents and dancing at Sulimani, Yezidi festival and whitewashing of a Yezidi shrine, circumcision ceremony, women carrying pans of yogurt on head to Bagdad, operations of a brick factory in Bagdad, tarring roads, and building Glessner home as well as other mission buildings. Footage annotated by Mrs. Glessner and daughter, Lois, in 1983.

How a Commoner Became the De Facto Ruler of Jamestown

Smithsonian Channel
In 1618, the death of the governor of Jamestown, Lord Delaware, meant that the path was clear for his deputy, George Yeardley to take his place. One problem: Yeardley was a commoner. From the Series: America's Hidden Stories: Mystery at Jamestown http://bitly.com/2YWTell

Ingo Maurer LED Wallpaper: Inspiration and Production Process

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The LED wallpaper reflects the passion and artistry of Ingo Maurer in its design and novelty. The programmable aspect is unique among wallpapers, and adds movement and consumer involvement to what is normally a static experience. The LED Wallpaper is on view as part of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's exhibition "Making | Breaking New Arrivals," on view from May–October, 2017. To find out more, visit https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/making-breaking/

How Unemployment Is Linked to This Iconic Landmark

Smithsonian Channel
It's incredible to think that St. Louis's Gateway Arch, a modern architectural marvel designed by Eero Saarinen, was built out of a federal grant set up to address unemployment during the Depression. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Missouri http://bit.ly/1FeRF0T
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