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It’s National Typewriter Day and we’re celebrating the written word! Even though they might not be as popular as our tru...
06/23/2021

It’s National Typewriter Day and we’re celebrating the written word! Even though they might not be as popular as our trusty laptop companions, they’re a fun and niche way to exercise your brain 🧠.

Today, many famous writers use typewriters to hone their creative processes, creatives like George R.R. Martin, Quentin Tarantino and Jhumpa Lahiri are all well-known typewriter advocates!

Royal Typewriters, photographed here, were known for their durability, and this portable gray Quiet De Luxe model belonged to professional photographer Frank R. Jackson who co-owned the studio Turner-Jackson Photography at 1934 11th Street in NW D.C.

📸 While his photographs (see second photo of Mary Brooks with the fabulous hair) provided visual documentation of community life in Washington, DC, the typewriter produced a written archive.

Jackson may have used it to run his local business, or to construct crossword puzzles for the Washington Post, a job he held for over 25 years!

🌿 How does the presence of and access to green spaces shape our daily lives?Akiima Price will be joining us live on our ...
06/22/2021

🌿 How does the presence of and access to green spaces shape our daily lives?

Akiima Price will be joining us live on our Growing Community Series as we explore the ways that green spaces can contribute to a connection to place and strengthen the overall health of communities.

🌽 We also have our garden facilitator, Derek Thomas, who will guide participants in garden housekeeping, the planting of corn, peppers, and tomatoes, and training plants as they grow. https://s.si.edu/GrowingCommunitySeries

🌿 How does the presence of and access to green spaces shape our daily lives?

Akiima Price will be joining us live on our Growing Community Series as we explore the ways that green spaces can contribute to a connection to place and strengthen the overall health of communities.

🌽 We also have our garden facilitator, Derek Thomas, who will guide participants in garden housekeeping, the planting of corn, peppers, and tomatoes, and training plants as they grow. https://s.si.edu/GrowingCommunitySeries

Need a little encouragement and centering today? Although the country is opening back up, things are still far from norm...
06/21/2021

Need a little encouragement and centering today? Although the country is opening back up, things are still far from normal.

🎶 Join us for Take Time Thursday where we’ll hear from our host and ACM team member, Jenelle Cooper, as she encourages us all through writings, poetry, and song! https://s.si.edu/EncouragementForYourSoul

Need a little encouragement and centering today? Although the country is opening back up, things are still far from normal.

🎶 Join us for Take Time Thursday where we’ll hear from our host and ACM team member, Jenelle Cooper, as she encourages us all through writings, poetry, and song! https://s.si.edu/EncouragementForYourSoul

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas...
06/19/2021

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree.

This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas and is now more widely celebrated across the country, a way to cherish culture and heritage.

📸: “Two Hands in Manacles”, 1994. ACM Collection. 🎨 Artist: Dianne Dale

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree.

This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas and is now more widely celebrated across the country, a way to cherish culture and heritage.

📸: “Two Hands in Manacles”, 1994. ACM Collection. 🎨 Artist: Dianne Dale

To celebrate National Go Fishing Day, we encourage you to visit Anacostia Park!  🎣 Keep in mind that you need to have a ...
06/18/2021

To celebrate National Go Fishing Day, we encourage you to visit Anacostia Park! 🎣

Keep in mind that you need to have a D.C. fishing license (~$20 for a one day license) before casting your first line and regulations call for catch + release only.

📸: J.W. (James William) Lucus displaying fish (1947).

To celebrate National Go Fishing Day, we encourage you to visit Anacostia Park! 🎣

Keep in mind that you need to have a D.C. fishing license (~$20 for a one day license) before casting your first line and regulations call for catch + release only.

📸: J.W. (James William) Lucus displaying fish (1947).

🏳️‍🌈 In celebration of Pride Month, we honor LGBTQ+ women who have made remarkable contributions to the nation and helpe...
06/17/2021
LGBTQ+ Women Who Made History

🏳️‍🌈 In celebration of Pride Month, we honor LGBTQ+ women who have made remarkable contributions to the nation and helped advance equality in fields as diverse as medicine and the arts.

Here are a few of their stories, represented by objects in the Smithsonian's collections!
https://womenshistory.si.edu/news/2021/06/lgbtq-women-who-made-history

In May 2019, the city of New York announced plans to honor LGBTQ+ activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera with a statue.

On this day in 1971 Lesane Parish Crooks AKA 2Pac was born in East Harlem, NY to parents Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland,...
06/16/2021

On this day in 1971 Lesane Parish Crooks AKA 2Pac was born in East Harlem, NY to parents Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, both members of the Black Panther Party. ✊🏾

He was renamed Tupac Amaru Shakur in 1972, after the Peruvian indigenous rights movement leader Túpac Amaru II. 🌹 Over the course of his career, Shakur was rapper, actor and poet who sold more than 75 million records.

On what would have been his 50th birthday, we honor his contributions to the development of hip hop and his voice on social and racial justice issues in America.

📸: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On this day in 1971 Lesane Parish Crooks AKA 2Pac was born in East Harlem, NY to parents Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, both members of the Black Panther Party. ✊🏾

He was renamed Tupac Amaru Shakur in 1972, after the Peruvian indigenous rights movement leader Túpac Amaru II. 🌹 Over the course of his career, Shakur was rapper, actor and poet who sold more than 75 million records.

On what would have been his 50th birthday, we honor his contributions to the development of hip hop and his voice on social and racial justice issues in America.

📸: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

In the spirit of Juneteenth, this Saturday we’re celebrating emancipation in a workshop that explores the roots of commu...
06/15/2021

In the spirit of Juneteenth, this Saturday we’re celebrating emancipation in a workshop that explores the roots of community freedom and security through expertise in and stewardships of the land. 🌻

Tracing the legacies of such individuals as Alethia Tanner and founders of Barry Farm/Hillsdale, the workshop will look at how "freedom" can be found in the green spaces of our communities.

🌱 Garden facilitator, Derek Thomas, will harvest and compost the spring vegetables and explore the role of pollinator plants in the garden. https://s.si.edu/UrbanGardeningWorkshop3

In the spirit of Juneteenth, this Saturday we’re celebrating emancipation in a workshop that explores the roots of community freedom and security through expertise in and stewardships of the land. 🌻

Tracing the legacies of such individuals as Alethia Tanner and founders of Barry Farm/Hillsdale, the workshop will look at how "freedom" can be found in the green spaces of our communities.

🌱 Garden facilitator, Derek Thomas, will harvest and compost the spring vegetables and explore the role of pollinator plants in the garden. https://s.si.edu/UrbanGardeningWorkshop3

This month, in addition to greeting summer, we celebrate Juneteenth. 🌞 As we mark the day that news of the emancipation ...
06/15/2021
Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum: Women Lead in Protecting Our Environmental Health and Rights - The Washington Informer

This month, in addition to greeting summer, we celebrate Juneteenth. 🌞 As we mark the day that news of the emancipation proclamation finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, our thoughts turn to what freedom means.

How do we define it? How do we know when people are fully liberated? What does our environment have to do with liberation?

Let’s reflect on the insights shared with us by Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum’s Curator Rachel Seidman on The Washington Informer, as she featured women’s leadership in environmental health and rights.

https://www.washingtoninformer.com/smithsonians-anacostia-community-museum-women-lead-in-protecting-our-environmental-health-and-rights/

In recent online conversations hosted by the Women's Environmental Leadership program at the Anacostia Community Museum, women who have been deeply involved in the environmental justice movement probed how our ability to be truly free — to enjoy self-determination — is deeply tied to the environ...

06/12/2021
WEL Lecture Series: At the Intersection of Gardens, Culture, and Style

Join Public Horticulturalist Abra Lee in an exploration of her approach to engaging audiences on issues of access to and celebration of garden spaces. We’ll discuss Abra’s connection to and rediscovery of her cultural and ecological heritages, her navigation of predominately white spaces, and the importance of meeting and respecting people where they feel most comfortable in their connection to garden spaces.

“The freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by th...
06/12/2021
Fifty Years Ago, "Star Trek" Aired TV's First Interracial Kiss

“The freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the state.”

Loving Day is celebrated annually on June 12th and is the anniversary of the 1967 the historic Supreme Court decision that overturned the Virginia state law against interracial marriage.

🖖🏾 One year after the ruling, Star Trek made history by televizing the first interracial kiss! Smithsonian Magazine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fifty-years-ago-star-trek-aired-tvs-first-interracial-kiss-180970204/

For actress Nichelle Nichols, the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV, it was the beginning of a lifelong career in activism

TODAY: Hear from DC’s own iconic go-go legends, Darrell “Blue Eye” Arrington and Vernell “Wink” Powell of the @therealjy...
06/10/2021

TODAY: Hear from DC’s own iconic go-go legends, Darrell “Blue Eye” Arrington and Vernell “Wink” Powell of the @therealjyb! 🪘 http://s.si.edu/JunkyardBand

Inspired by our new outdoor exhibition, Food for the People, we’ll be talking about the origins of the classic jam, Sardines and Pork-n-Beans, and taking a moment to bring back the rhythms of 1980s DC. Tune in to keep go-go and DC’s local food culture alive!

TODAY: Hear from DC’s own iconic go-go legends, Darrell “Blue Eye” Arrington and Vernell “Wink” Powell of the @therealjyb! 🪘 http://s.si.edu/JunkyardBand

Inspired by our new outdoor exhibition, Food for the People, we’ll be talking about the origins of the classic jam, Sardines and Pork-n-Beans, and taking a moment to bring back the rhythms of 1980s DC. Tune in to keep go-go and DC’s local food culture alive!

Coming up this Saturday, join Public Horticulturalist Abra Lee in an exploration of her approach to engaging audiences o...
06/09/2021

Coming up this Saturday, join Public Horticulturalist Abra Lee in an exploration of her approach to engaging audiences on issues of access to and celebration of garden spaces!

🌷 http://s.si.edu/GardensCultureStyle

We’ll discuss Abra’s connection to and rediscovery of her cultural and ecological heritages, her navigation of predominantly white spaces, and the importance of meeting and respecting people where they feel most comfortable in their connection to garden spaces.

Coming up this Saturday, join Public Horticulturalist Abra Lee in an exploration of her approach to engaging audiences on issues of access to and celebration of garden spaces!

🌷 http://s.si.edu/GardensCultureStyle

We’ll discuss Abra’s connection to and rediscovery of her cultural and ecological heritages, her navigation of predominantly white spaces, and the importance of meeting and respecting people where they feel most comfortable in their connection to garden spaces.

Across our country, we have both an overabundance of food and a staggering number of people who struggle to find their n...
06/09/2021
Food for the People with Captions

Across our country, we have both an overabundance of food and a staggering number of people who struggle to find their next meal, which has only worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic.

🥕 Our new exhibition offers a safe, outdoor experience where you can be introduced to food justice issues we face in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as local people and ideas that are making our food system more just and sustainable.

Also featured in the exhibition is a sculptural tribute, with community-contributed messages, to the food workers whose labor makes our food possible, from the farmworkers and meat processors to the grocery store and restaurant workers.

Watch a Food for the People video walk through with Curator Samir Meghelli by clicking below! http://s.si.edu/Food4ThePeople

💙 This exhibition is sponsored by Events DC with additional support from The Hillside Foundation. Food for the People received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by Smithsonian Latino Center

Howard Dilworth Woodson was committed to getting his community the services they deserved is an understatement. He is th...
06/08/2021

Howard Dilworth Woodson was committed to getting his community the services they deserved is an understatement. He is the man behind Deanwood’s first public high school (H.D. Woodson High School) which he fought to bring here, but did not live to see.

Mentored by Nannie Helen Burroughs, he was a community architect in every sense of the word and was a leading structural engineer for the Public Buildings Administration. He designed some of the homes in the Deanwood community on 49th St and what is now Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue.

According to a 1972 @washingtonpost article, he was said to “have founded or led most of the civic groups in the Far Northeast.”

Learn more about him and other trailblazing African American men in "Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets", our outdoor exhibit in Deanwood, D.C.!

📸: Image courtesy Jon Woodson

🖤 The Men of Change traveling exhibition was made possible through by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. We also thank our community partners, DC Department of Parks and Recreation and Ron Brown College Preparatory High School

Howard Dilworth Woodson was committed to getting his community the services they deserved is an understatement. He is the man behind Deanwood’s first public high school (H.D. Woodson High School) which he fought to bring here, but did not live to see.

Mentored by Nannie Helen Burroughs, he was a community architect in every sense of the word and was a leading structural engineer for the Public Buildings Administration. He designed some of the homes in the Deanwood community on 49th St and what is now Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue.

According to a 1972 @washingtonpost article, he was said to “have founded or led most of the civic groups in the Far Northeast.”

Learn more about him and other trailblazing African American men in "Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets", our outdoor exhibit in Deanwood, D.C.!

📸: Image courtesy Jon Woodson

🖤 The Men of Change traveling exhibition was made possible through by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. We also thank our community partners, DC Department of Parks and Recreation and Ron Brown College Preparatory High School

💜 OTD in 1958, Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota!Fun Fact: Prince took Willy Wonka’s gold...
06/07/2021

💜 OTD in 1958, Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Fun Fact: Prince took Willy Wonka’s golden ticket idea and made it his own! In 2006, Universal hid 14 purple 🎫s, 7 in the U.S. and 7 internationally, inside of his album, “3121”. Fans who found a purple ticket were invited to attend a private performance at Prince's LA home!

Pictured is his framed Platinum Record Award commemorating the sale of over 1 million copies of the album “1999” from the Recording Industry Association of America. 🕺🏽 Affixed at the bottom of the record is one half of a cassette tape, also covered in platinum.

📸: “Platinum Record Award for the album 1999 given to Prince, 1983. Object # 2014.97.8. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

💜 OTD in 1958, Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Fun Fact: Prince took Willy Wonka’s golden ticket idea and made it his own! In 2006, Universal hid 14 purple 🎫s, 7 in the U.S. and 7 internationally, inside of his album, “3121”. Fans who found a purple ticket were invited to attend a private performance at Prince's LA home!

Pictured is his framed Platinum Record Award commemorating the sale of over 1 million copies of the album “1999” from the Recording Industry Association of America. 🕺🏽 Affixed at the bottom of the record is one half of a cassette tape, also covered in platinum.

📸: “Platinum Record Award for the album 1999 given to Prince, 1983. Object # 2014.97.8. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Anacostia Metro Station (Green line) Transfer to W2 or W3 bus

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https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/5414852/pathwayscos%C3%A1n Pathways is a virtual art exhibition exploring the influence the Connemara people had on Patrick Pearse as a writer, teacher and leader
My name is Dwaine Bryant I am one of the members of the 1967 Trailblazers who work on the project to convert the old Carver theater into The Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. I like to know if the museum has been in contact with any of the original TrailBlazers.
Deadline to enter art is only a couple weeks away.
Very informative and timely Museum!
does anyone know anything about this artist,please let me know if you do,thanks
I now have more reasons to visit D.C. again!