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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The flower plaque at the entrance to China: Tradition and the Art of Living at the 2014 Folklife Festival prominently features a character named Tian Tian. Created by artist Danny Yung, the blank boyish figure represents curiosity and the desire to learn and explore. Editing: Ed Fry, Charlie Weber [Catalog No. CFV10643; Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Institution]
Monopoly, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie Magie, a Quaker and the creator of the Landlord's Game, which bears striking resemblance to its more-popular successor. From: MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION: Guns and Goldmines http://bit.ly/1Dh47cz
The Victorian era was famously uptight about all things sexual; but you wouldn’t have guessed it based on the life on Queen Victoria’s second son, Albert "Bertie" Edward – a man of prodigious sexual appetites. From the Series: Private Lives of Monarchs: http://bit.ly/2HvbpDR
National Portrait Gallery
Women’s identities are complex, intersecting with race, class, sexuality, etc., and have often been overlooked or erased from history. What is the importance of being able to express yourself and voice your story? In this webinar, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum educators will discuss featured artworks Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson and Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas, as well as additional relevant artworks. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. To learn more, visit: https://womenshistory.si.edu/
Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses who Celia Cruz was and presents objects held in our collections.
Dwight Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, discusses Irving Berlin and presents related collection objects.
National Museum of Natural History
John H. Falk is Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice Learning in the Department of Science and Mathematics Education at Oregon State University, Portland. Before going to OSU, he founded and directed the Institute for Learning Innovation where for twenty years he oversaw more than 200 consulting projects across a wide range of free-choice learning institutions. Dr. Falk has authored over one hundred scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, biology and education, and helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula. His most recent book is Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience (2009).
An archive of the secret communications between Benedict Arnold and British army officers indirectly reference Arnold's wife, Peggy. It is the strongest clue yet that she may have been a pivotal figure in Arnold's treachery. From the Series: America's Hidden Stories: Mrs. Benedict Arnold https://bit.ly/2Uaw9tR
Folkways' D. A. Sonneborn tells stories of the music makers he's met—including truck drivers in Ghana playing on hubcaps, air pumps, and their trucks' horns—in a session that considers the idea of ownership in its largest sense. Presented by: D.A. Sonneborn, Ph.D, Smithsonian Folkways Original Airdate: April 14, 2010 You can stay connected with the Smithsonian's upcoming online events and view a full collection of past sessions on a variety of topics.: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/events/online_events.html
National Air and Space Museum
Is the average speed of a middle schooler faster than the average speed of the Wright Flyer's first flight?
May 28, 2019—Happy Whooping Crane Day! Whooping cranes are one of the most endangered species of crane. We welcomed 5 breeding pairs of whooping cranes at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December 2018. Whooping cranes have elaborate courtship rituals involving dances and unison calls, and the birds usually mate for life. Despite recovering from fewer than two-dozen birds in the 1940s to more than 800 in the wild today, whooping cranes are still one of the most endangered species of cranes. Any chicks our pairs at SCBI hatch and raise will be candidates for reintroduction to the wild. In addition to breeding cranes, we study whooping crane hormones through blood and fecal samples to determine how they affect the birds’ ability to lay fertile eggs. #WeSaveSpecies
National Museum of Natural History
Liz Zimmer uses genomic sequences and micromorphology to identify spore-bearing vascular plants, the Lycophytes.
What made people doubt the authenticity of the Dead Sea copper scroll wasn't the hidden treasure it described, but the sheer quantity of it: more than 25% of all the world's gold. From: SECRETS: The Copper Scroll http://bit.ly/1SCfOSu
The soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from? The answer lies high up in the canopy, where a remarkable, prolific species of nest-building ants drops its waste. From: MYSTERIES OF THE RAINFOREST http://bit.ly/2n4Fn9O
The city of Miami has always been a second home for Cuban exiles, driven out by the rule of Fidel Castro. In all, 30% of Miami's population consider themselves of Cuban origin today. From the Series: Aerial Cities: Miami http://bit.ly/2r0C0jG
A century ago in Yellowstone, predators such as wolves were viewed as the enemy of progress and were hunted to near extinction. But in 1995, a bold new plan to reintroduce them was put into place. From the Series: Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators http://bit.ly/2Uxh3dT
Unlike the North, the South did not provide for its people during the Civil War, and after years of suffering and starvation, civilians began to revolt. From: CIVIL WAR 360: The Confederacy http://bit.ly/REzI6g
Five hundred passionate Civil War reenactors gather every year to live in period tents, wear costumes and play out every step of the little-known Battle of Port Hudson. From the Series: Aerial America: Louisiana http://bit.ly/2kWcqfW
While U-boats were able to evade Allied warships, the odds were much lower with air patrols. Aircraft could force a submarine underwater quickly--and if it didn't hide in time, the Nazi's lethal weapon would soon become a coffin. From: HELL BELOW: Atlantic Showdown http://bit.ly/2b55fb4