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How is the Puerto Rican Bomba Drum Created?

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Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses the how a Puerto Rican bomba drum is constructed. This bomba drum is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

Tell us about Marian Anderson

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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, tells us about Marian Anderson's pivotal concert at the Lincoln Memorial while highlighting the outfit she wore that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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.

How Do You Tune a Harpsichord?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us how to tune a harpsichord

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

What are Some Fun Things You Can Do With a Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us some fun facts about the piano.

What Does a Harpsichord Sound Like?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, shows us how he plays the harpsichord.

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.

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.

Can You Tell Us About the Harpsichord?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us about the harpsichord

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 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".

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

Do You Have Anything in the Collections From Selena?

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Dwight Bowers, Curator with the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows an outfit in the Smithsonian Collections worn by Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

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.

How Did the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Begin?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, talks about his early experience at the Folklife Festival in Washington, DC along the national mall.

Dr. Jaramillo & STRI Pollen Cards Challenge

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Dr. Carlos Jaramillo describes the significance, value, and use of the Alan Graham pollen slides and cards. With over 25,000 in total, there are plenty of opportunities to contribute to unlocking the data on each 3x5 card. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology invites you to help transcribe specimen cards for the pollen collection. Each of these cards corresponds to a pollen grain on a microscope slide; the data on the cards are invaluable to researchers. Thank you for your help in transcribing them. Learn more and get started transcribing here: https://transcription.si.edu/browse?filter=owner:17

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

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.
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