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3 ... 2 ... 1... 🚀 The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital's Summer Encore Series is happening NOW, and ...
07/08/2021

3 ... 2 ... 1... 🚀 The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital's Summer Encore Series is happening NOW, and it's not too late to get your FREE virtual passes for our presentation of the "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" program.

Details 👉 http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf
Stream all 4 films through July 11!

3 ... 2 ... 1... 🚀 The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital's Summer Encore Series is happening NOW, and it's not too late to get your FREE virtual passes for our presentation of the "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" program.

Details 👉 http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf
Stream all 4 films through July 11!

#OnThisDate 150 years ago, Thomas Moran was en route West by train from Pennsylvania to meet up with the 1871 Hayden Sur...
07/07/2021

#OnThisDate 150 years ago, Thomas Moran was en route West by train from Pennsylvania to meet up with the 1871 Hayden Survey expedition heading into Yellowstone, where he’d be a guest artist.

In conjunction with our "Thomas Moran & the 'Big Picture'" exhibition, we’re collaborating with our colleagues at Yellowstone National Park on a fun and educational social media initiative. With #BigPictureMorans, we'll be virtually accompanying Thomas Moran into the Yellowstone region 150 years ago to the day and retracing his steps on the Hayden Survey. We’ll be sharing entries from his diary, repeat photography of various landmarks, and other primary archival sources to re-create his journey and chronicle how it shaped his career and the course of history. Get set to follow along with #BigPictureMorans here and on Twitter (@InteriorMuseum)!

#OnThisDate 150 years ago, Thomas Moran was en route West by train from Pennsylvania to meet up with the 1871 Hayden Survey expedition heading into Yellowstone, where he’d be a guest artist.

In conjunction with our "Thomas Moran & the 'Big Picture'" exhibition, we’re collaborating with our colleagues at Yellowstone National Park on a fun and educational social media initiative. With #BigPictureMorans, we'll be virtually accompanying Thomas Moran into the Yellowstone region 150 years ago to the day and retracing his steps on the Hayden Survey. We’ll be sharing entries from his diary, repeat photography of various landmarks, and other primary archival sources to re-create his journey and chronicle how it shaped his career and the course of history. Get set to follow along with #BigPictureMorans here and on Twitter (@InteriorMuseum)!

The wait is over! You can start streaming our "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" program with the Environmental Fi...
07/07/2021

The wait is over! You can start streaming our "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" program with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital TOMORROW!

🎫 Get your *free* virtual pass at http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6r and watch the 4 films plus special Q&A with the filmmakers Thursday-Sunday!

The wait is over! You can start streaming our "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" program with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital TOMORROW!

🎫 Get your *free* virtual pass at http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6r and watch the 4 films plus special Q&A with the filmmakers Thursday-Sunday!

It's so nice, we're doing it twice! In addition to co-presenting "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" with the Envir...
07/05/2021

It's so nice, we're doing it twice! In addition to co-presenting "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (July 8-11; see http://ow.ly/QfCG50Fn4Kz), we're teaming up for "Conservation Shorts II: Wild Spaces" for July 22-25! Snag your free virtual passes to stream the package: http://ow.ly/3lzy50Fn57w

It's so nice, we're doing it twice! In addition to co-presenting "Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife" with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (July 8-11; see http://ow.ly/QfCG50Fn4Kz), we're teaming up for "Conservation Shorts II: Wild Spaces" for July 22-25! Snag your free virtual passes to stream the package: http://ow.ly/3lzy50Fn57w

July 8-11, join us for part 1 of our #Conservation film screenings with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's ...
07/03/2021
American Ocelot | Summer Shorts: Conservation I | Environmental Film Fest: Summer Series

July 8-11, join us for part 1 of our #Conservation film screenings with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital! This FREE virtual program offers 4 thought-provoking films about at-risk wildlife populations, as well as a filmmaker discussion.

Learn more & RSVP here: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

Tells the story of one of the most endangered and beautiful wild cats in the United States -- a species so elusive that high quality images and video have never been captured until now.

📽️Filipe DeAndrade 📽️ Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele 📽️ Joe Flannery 📽️ Ben MastersSee the work of these independen...
06/30/2021

📽️Filipe DeAndrade 📽️ Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele 📽️ Joe Flannery 📽️ Ben Masters

See the work of these independent filmmakers in the FREE “Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife” program we're co-presenting for the virtual Summer Encore Series of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

Register now . . . watch anytime July 8-11.

📽️Filipe DeAndrade 📽️ Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele 📽️ Joe Flannery 📽️ Ben Masters

See the work of these independent filmmakers in the FREE “Conservation Shorts I: Iconic Wildlife” program we're co-presenting for the virtual Summer Encore Series of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

Register now . . . watch anytime July 8-11.

A final "tip of the hat" to Caribbean American Heritage Month with this fabulous headwear--both stylish and practical!--...
06/30/2021

A final "tip of the hat" to Caribbean American Heritage Month with this fabulous headwear--both stylish and practical!--from our collection. All are from the U.S. Virgin Islands and date to the mid 1930s to 1950s.

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A final "tip of the hat" to Caribbean American Heritage Month with this fabulous headwear--both stylish and practical!--from our collection. All are from the U.S. Virgin Islands and date to the mid 1930s to 1950s.

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#CaribbeanAmericanHeritageMonth With the U.S. Department of the Interior's historical and ongoing role with U.S. territo...
06/29/2021

#CaribbeanAmericanHeritageMonth

With the U.S. Department of the Interior's historical and ongoing role with U.S. territories via the Office of Insular Affairs, our collection includes many beautiful handcrafts from the U.S. Virgin Islands, like these purses, melon baskets, tray, and knitting basket!

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#CaribbeanAmericanHeritageMonth

With the U.S. Department of the Interior's historical and ongoing role with U.S. territories via the Office of Insular Affairs, our collection includes many beautiful handcrafts from the U.S. Virgin Islands, like these purses, melon baskets, tray, and knitting basket!

📷 Clockwise from top left: INTR 01515, 07225, 00595, 00216, 01878, 00528

In celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month, we wanted to share some related artifacts in our collection. From the ...
06/28/2021

In celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month, we wanted to share some related artifacts in our collection. From the U.S. Virgin Islands are these circa 1940s hand-held fans -- a practical and colorful way to beat the heat!

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In celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month, we wanted to share some related artifacts in our collection. From the U.S. Virgin Islands are these circa 1940s hand-held fans -- a practical and colorful way to beat the heat!

📷 Clockwise from left: INTR 01815, INTR 01782, INTR 01781

📅 Save the dates: July 8-11! We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to bring you a...
06/28/2021

📅 Save the dates: July 8-11! We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to bring you a free virtual screening! Stream 4 short films focused on #conservation efforts around some iconic American species.

Registration is open! Learn more & RSVP here: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

📅 Save the dates: July 8-11! We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to bring you a free virtual screening! Stream 4 short films focused on #conservation efforts around some iconic American species.

Registration is open! Learn more & RSVP here: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

We're wrapping up our #NationalPollinatorWeek features with this floral beauty:  🌹 a delicate rose, false-embroidered wi...
06/27/2021

We're wrapping up our #NationalPollinatorWeek features with this floral beauty: 🌹 a delicate rose, false-embroidered with silk thread onto a circa 1900 Unangan lidded basket woven with rye grass from Attu Island in the Arctic.

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We're wrapping up our #NationalPollinatorWeek features with this floral beauty: 🌹 a delicate rose, false-embroidered with silk thread onto a circa 1900 Unangan lidded basket woven with rye grass from Attu Island in the Arctic.

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Ocelots? Yes, please! See these + wolves, bison, and coyotes all featured in the #Conservation film shorts program we're...
06/26/2021

Ocelots? Yes, please! See these + wolves, bison, and coyotes all featured in the #Conservation film shorts program we're co-presenting with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital for the virtual Summer Encore Series.

🎞️Free passes available NOW for streaming July 8-11 >> http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

Ocelots? Yes, please! See these + wolves, bison, and coyotes all featured in the #Conservation film shorts program we're co-presenting with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital for the virtual Summer Encore Series.

🎞️Free passes available NOW for streaming July 8-11 >> http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

More flowers for #NationalPollinatorWeek! The blossom and decorative edging on this piece are done in porcupine quills! ...
06/26/2021

More flowers for #NationalPollinatorWeek! The blossom and decorative edging on this piece are done in porcupine quills! An original tag accompanying this birch bark trinket box made for sale in the 1930s identifies the maker as Elisa Wasaquan of the Odawa tribe in Michigan.

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More flowers for #NationalPollinatorWeek! The blossom and decorative edging on this piece are done in porcupine quills! An original tag accompanying this birch bark trinket box made for sale in the 1930s identifies the maker as Elisa Wasaquan of the Odawa tribe in Michigan.

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🦋#NationalPollinatorWeekSimply by planting for pollinators, you, too, can make your yard come alive! Catch this past pro...
06/25/2021
Bringing your yard alive: Planting to attract pollinators

🦋#NationalPollinatorWeek

Simply by planting for pollinators, you, too, can make your yard come alive! Catch this past program from our guest lecturer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Dolores Savignano, who shares some practical home gardening tips and resources for attracting pollinators: https://youtu.be/QH7Ei1l0OtU

Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Dr. Dolores Savignano for a discussion on why pollinators are beneficial to your garden. Learn what plants and ...

Continuing with our #NationalPollinatorWeek collections highlights, just look at the lovely floral design made from glas...
06/25/2021

Continuing with our #NationalPollinatorWeek collections highlights, just look at the lovely floral design made from glass seed beads stitched onto the birch bark lid of this circa 1945 Chippewa sweetgrass sewing basket!

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Continuing with our #NationalPollinatorWeek collections highlights, just look at the lovely floral design made from glass seed beads stitched onto the birch bark lid of this circa 1945 Chippewa sweetgrass sewing basket!

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You never know where our #NationalPollinatorWeek butterflies will appear! 🦋 Here, they’re rendered in redbud and bracken...
06/25/2021

You never know where our #NationalPollinatorWeek butterflies will appear! 🦋 Here, they’re rendered in redbud and bracken fern root on this exquisite circa 1915 Washoe basket, coiled with willow.

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You never know where our #NationalPollinatorWeek butterflies will appear! 🦋 Here, they’re rendered in redbud and bracken fern root on this exquisite circa 1915 Washoe basket, coiled with willow.

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#ThrowbackThursday to when Sam Droege, head of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab...
06/25/2021
Native Bees, an Intro to the 400 Local Species, and Bee Connections to Land Management

#ThrowbackThursday to when Sam Droege, head of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, gave this intro to the more than 400 bee species that call the metro DC region home!

🐝 Catch the buzz this #NationalPollinatorWeek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g69MXjMtyqs

Go to a park, look around…most of those plants are pollinated by insects: mostly bees. The local bee world is fabulously rich and complex with over 400 speci...

It's #NationalPollinatorWeek, and we're featuring pollinators that appear on objects in our collection! 🦋 Butterflies ar...
06/24/2021

It's #NationalPollinatorWeek, and we're featuring pollinators that appear on objects in our collection!

🦋 Butterflies are not only great pollinators but also feature prominently in the design of this stunning, circa 1910 Maidu burden basket, made with Big Leaf Maple and redbud.

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It's #NationalPollinatorWeek, and we're featuring pollinators that appear on objects in our collection!

🦋 Butterflies are not only great pollinators but also feature prominently in the design of this stunning, circa 1910 Maidu burden basket, made with Big Leaf Maple and redbud.

📷 INTR 01369

📽️The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital's Summer Encore Series is here! That means it's not too early ...
06/24/2021

📽️The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital's Summer Encore Series is here! That means it's not too early to preregister for the FREE virtual screening of the #conservation film shorts and filmmaker discussion we'll be co-presenting July 8-11.

🎬 Learn more and RSVP >> https://watch.eventive.org/dceff2021/play/60afe0f714e6d0003ee416c0

📽️The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital's Summer Encore Series is here! That means it's not too early to preregister for the FREE virtual screening of the #conservation film shorts and filmmaker discussion we'll be co-presenting July 8-11.

🎬 Learn more and RSVP >> https://watch.eventive.org/dceff2021/play/60afe0f714e6d0003ee416c0

🦋 Presenting a pop of color for #NationalPollinatorWeek! This monarch butterfly is perched on a purple coneflower, a per...
06/24/2021

🦋 Presenting a pop of color for #NationalPollinatorWeek! This monarch butterfly is perched on a purple coneflower, a perennial that’s attractive to pollinators and widespread across North America. This fine art photographic print in our collection is by Jim Hudgins (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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🦋 Presenting a pop of color for #NationalPollinatorWeek! This monarch butterfly is perched on a purple coneflower, a perennial that’s attractive to pollinators and widespread across North America. This fine art photographic print in our collection is by Jim Hudgins (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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🌸 Here’s a #NationalPollinatorWeek floral motif from our collection. Originating in the Republic of the Marshall Islands...
06/23/2021

🌸 Here’s a #NationalPollinatorWeek floral motif from our collection. Originating in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, this headband is woven from blue and yellow dyed plant fiber and embellished with crochet and small white shells evocative of flowers.

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🌸 Here’s a #NationalPollinatorWeek floral motif from our collection. Originating in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, this headband is woven from blue and yellow dyed plant fiber and embellished with crochet and small white shells evocative of flowers.

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We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to bring you a free virtual screening! Anyt...
06/23/2021

We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to bring you a free virtual screening! Anytime July 8-11, stream 4 short films focused on #conservation efforts around some iconic American species.

Registration now open! Learn more & RSVP here: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to bring you a free virtual screening! Anytime July 8-11, stream 4 short films focused on #conservation efforts around some iconic American species.

Registration now open! Learn more & RSVP here: http://ow.ly/UbCf50Fg6rf

🦋 We're fluttering in to join #NationalPollinatorWeek with the brightly-colored butterfly on this circa 1900 Zuni polych...
06/22/2021

🦋 We're fluttering in to join #NationalPollinatorWeek with the brightly-colored butterfly on this circa 1900 Zuni polychrome pot in our Interior Museum collection. Watch for more pollinators and flowers featured on objects as the week progresses.

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🦋 We're fluttering in to join #NationalPollinatorWeek with the brightly-colored butterfly on this circa 1900 Zuni polychrome pot in our Interior Museum collection. Watch for more pollinators and flowers featured on objects as the week progresses.

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Follow along . . . all #NationalPollinatorWeek we'll be sharing images of pollinators and flowers as they appear on muse...
06/22/2021

Follow along . . . all #NationalPollinatorWeek we'll be sharing images of pollinators and flowers as they appear on museum objects in our collection! 🐝🌸🦋🌼🦇

🎵Summertime and the living is beeasy.

The summer sun brings comforting warmth, brilliant blooms, and the busy work of pollinators. Today is not only the first day of summer, but the first day of National Pollinator Week. More than 75% of the Earth's flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other insects. Our life as we know it revolves around pollination.

These small pollen movers contribute to clean air, food production and our economy. And yet, in the U.S., 70 of our pollinator species are threatened or endangered. We can bee a friend to bees by planting native plants and pollinator gardens while avoiding pesticide use. #NationalPollinatorWeek

150 years ago this month, the June 1871 issue of Scribner’s Monthly magazine features Nathaniel P. Langford’s final “Won...
06/21/2021

150 years ago this month, the June 1871 issue of Scribner’s Monthly magazine features Nathaniel P. Langford’s final “Wonders of the Yellowstone” installment recounting his time in the Yellowstone region the previous year as part of the private Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition. Without ever having visited Yellowstone, Philadelphia artist Thomas Moran is called upon to rework the expedition artists’ field sketches of several geysers for inclusion in the article. The experience piques Moran’s interest in the region. By late June—with one of his existing paintings as collateral, plus backing from the financier of the Northern Pacific Railroad—Moran has paid his way and is on the cusp of traveling to see Yellowstone for himself.

Follow along with #BigPictureMorans as we get set to follow Moran out West and chronicle his days with the Hayden Survey Expedition in real time…150 years later. #OTD

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150 years ago this month, the June 1871 issue of Scribner’s Monthly magazine features Nathaniel P. Langford’s final “Wonders of the Yellowstone” installment recounting his time in the Yellowstone region the previous year as part of the private Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition. Without ever having visited Yellowstone, Philadelphia artist Thomas Moran is called upon to rework the expedition artists’ field sketches of several geysers for inclusion in the article. The experience piques Moran’s interest in the region. By late June—with one of his existing paintings as collateral, plus backing from the financier of the Northern Pacific Railroad—Moran has paid his way and is on the cusp of traveling to see Yellowstone for himself.

Follow along with #BigPictureMorans as we get set to follow Moran out West and chronicle his days with the Hayden Survey Expedition in real time…150 years later. #OTD

📷: Bound Volume II of Scribner's Monthly magazine, 1871 (INTR 07767)

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Take the orange or blue line to the Farragut West metro station. Exit on 18th Street and walk 5 blocks south.

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My time interning at the Department of the Interior was one of the best experiences of my career! I can’t believe this was 6 years ago!
FROM 1994 democratic elections in south Africa to 100th birthday of Mr Mandela
It would be cool to see folks from the Harpers Ferry Center come down to the museum to present on their design work!
What are your programs in CA?