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Tell us about Chuck Berry's Guitar "Maybellene"

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Museum historian Kevin Strait tells us about Chuck Berry's guitar "Mabellene," which he helped to collect. It can be found in the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

What are the origins of stringed instruments?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the evolution of stringed instruments from the ektar to the dutar, sitar, qatar and finally to the guitar.

Tell Us About Jimi Hendrix

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Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture tells us aboutJimi Hendrix' style musically and fashion-wise while highlighting his vest and speaker that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Do You Have Anything From the Broadway Musical "Cats"?

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Dwight Blocker Bowers, a curator with the Division of Culture & Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway Musical "Cats".

Do You Have Anything From the Scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz"?

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Dwight Block Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture & the Arts at the National Museum of American History presents the original costume of Ray Bolger (the scarecrow) wore in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" while singing the song, "We're off to see the Wizard".

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez Portrait by Al Rendón

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Assistant Curator of Photographs for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Leslie Ureña shares some history about Selena Quintanilla-Pérez' background, music and style as well as her work with portrait photographer Al Rendón

Don Loper's Dress for Ella Fitzgerald

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John Hasse tells us about the Don Loper dress Ella Fitzgerald donned in the iconic American Express ad in view in the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys

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John Hasse tells us the National Museum of American History collection of Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys and other awards on view at the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Ray Charles Recording Session Receipt

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Dwan Reece, PhD, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture discusses a receipt from Swing Time records for a Ray Charles recording session.

Ella Fitzgerald's one of a kind Champagne Goblet

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John Hasse tells us about the one of a kind Champagne Goblet Ella Fitzgerald received from Memorex after their famous 1970's ads on view in the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

What Is Your Favorite Kind of Music?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the music he loves.

Smithsonian Music Introduction

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Dr. David J. Skorton, the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, introduces Smithsonian Music.

What is the Chamber Music Society?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of the Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us about the purpose and creation of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. For more information on the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, visit their website: http://smithsonianchambermusic.org/

What does music mean to you?

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Museum Specialist and music enthusiast Timothy Anne Burnside tells us what music means to her and a bit about her work at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tell us about the Cab Calloway Collection

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Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture tells us about the Cab Calloway Collection consisting of photographs, records and ticket stubs that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads"at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Kennith Slowik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players

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The Smithsonian Chamber Players, Vera Beths, Colin Jacobson, Nicholas Cords, Max Mendel and Kennith Slowik perform

Exploring Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson's papers with Anacostia Community Museum

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On 16 February 2017, we joined Anacostia Community Museum and Ms. Dianne Dale to learn more about Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson in a Facebook Live event. Ms. Dale connected the establishment of the Anacostia Community with support of the Freedmen's Bureau to the establishment of black education, business, and social structures. She also reinforced the significance of archival documentation to preserving the stories and history of communities that have dissipated following changing economic and social circumstances. During the talk, we saw events, correspondence, innovations, determination, and care emerge from the papers of Dr. Patterson. Note: thank you for your patience with some of the sound and image quality, as this was recorded by Facebook Live livestreaming. A community historian, writer, and stained glass artist, Ms. Dianne Dale provides illustrated lectures on the Freedmen's Bureau and HBCUs; DC and Anacostia history including the Barry Farm Freedmen's Village in SE DC. She also presents views into black education after the Civil War - including the work of her "Uncle Fred," Dr. Patterson. During #BlackHistoryMonth, the Smithsonian Transcription Center is collaborating with Anacostia Community Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to transcribe projects relating to education and theater. You can contribute to our #TCBlackHistoryMonth projects, including Dr. Patterson's papers, here: https://transcription.si.edu/black-history-month-2017

Behind the Scenes with Project PHaEDRA the Harvard Smithsonian CfA Astronomical Glass Plate Photo Co

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Check out the fourth video in our series from the staff at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' Wolbach Library! This video explores how the "women computers" at the Harvard College Observatory (as it was called in the 19th and early 20th centuries) used glass plate images of the night sky to study astronomy.

James Baldwin: HangTime with Tulani Salahu-Din & NMAAHC

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Join us as we host Tulani Salahu-Din and discuss James Baldwin's collection in the Transcription Center and in exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). You'll learn more about Baldwin's work and life, how the collection was acquired, how exhibit decisions are made, and more. View or download the collection from the completed Transcription Center project here: https://transcription.si.edu/project/7660 Did you transcribe Baldwin's papers? Tweet your questions to @TranscribeSI and @NMAAHC or send your questions via e-mail to transcribe@si.edu

TC Sound Introduction

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Check out this short video on transcribing audio recordings in the Smithsonian Transcription Center. For fuller instructions and additional information, check out https://transcription.si.edu/audioinstructions. Reach out to transcribe@si.edu with any questions.

TC Sound Inserting Timestamps

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Need help figuring out when and how to insert timestamps into your audio transcription? Check out this video tutorial from the Smithsonian Transcription Center. Further instructions and information can be found online at https://transcription.si.edu/audioinstructions. Reach out to transcribe@si.edu with any questions.

Art Lab Pepper Presentation

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On July 11, 2018 we partnered with the Office of Visitor Services for a behind-the-scenes day featuring Smithsonian Robots! This lecture is from Ian McDermott, who manages the new Art Lab Pepper at the Hirshhorn Museum here at the Smithsonian. Ian tells us all about how the Art Lab Pepper is programmed to do the amazing things she does! Want to learn more? Email us anytime with questions at transcribe@si.edu.
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