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Cindy Whitehead grew up in Southern California where she aspired to be a professional skateboarder but found few female ...
01/08/2024

Cindy Whitehead grew up in Southern California where she aspired to be a professional skateboarder but found few female role models. In 2013 she designed this prototype and founded the brand “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word” to make girls more visible in a male-dominated sport!

Only a few more days left to explore Cindy’s story in our “Girlhood (It’s complicated)” traveling exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center! It leaves on January 15–don’t miss it!

01/08/2024
01/07/2024
The image of an afro on the cover of this 1960 edition of the Green Book was meaningful as it pushed against an American...
01/04/2024

The image of an afro on the cover of this 1960 edition of the Green Book was meaningful as it pushed against an American beauty standard that had a preference for lighter skin and straighter hair. Previous covers made conscious design decisions to show images that were “non-controversial”—not too dark, not too African in appearance.

There are many more fascinating stories like this one to be explored in our traveling exhibition “The Negro Motorist Green Book” on view now at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Only a few days left to explore “Life in One Cubic Foot” at Carnegie Museum of Natural History!!
01/04/2024

Only a few days left to explore “Life in One Cubic Foot” at Carnegie Museum of Natural History!!

Life in One Cubic Foot closes January 7! Visit the museum to explore the incredible biodiversity found in one cubic foot spaces from Monterey Canyon off the California coast to South African shrubland to Powdermill Nature Reserve. https://brnw.ch/21wFMWK

Image: A selection of midwater creatures revealed through inventorying one cubic foot from Monterey Canyon, off the coast of California. Composite photo by David Liittschwager, Steve Haddock, Karen Osborn and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

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What’s wintertime like in your neck of the woods? Winters in the boreal forest are not for the faint of heart! Wintry co...
01/03/2024

What’s wintertime like in your neck of the woods? Winters in the boreal forest are not for the faint of heart! Wintry conditions last up to eight months a year. Snow and ice blanket the landscape and temperatures stay well below freezing the WHOLE TIME. Nights stretch 16 hours or longer, and at the northern edge of the boreal, the sun doesn’t rise at all for a month or more!

To survive, some animals hole up in dens. Others, such as wolves and lynx, remain active with thick fur to protect them. And many birds simply leave, flying south to warmer places.

Explore more of the in our “Knowing Nature: Stories of the Boreal Forest” traveling exhibition. You can follow the tour schedule here: https://s.si.edu/48BNKfS

Images Courtesy: ©Tom Walker All Rights Reserved

12/31/2023

The staff at SITES wishes you a very Happy New Year! Thank you to all of our Facebook friends, partners and host venues across the country for supporting our work in 2023! We can promise even more engaging stories, content and objects from our traveling exhibitions and the Smithsonian's collections in the new year!

Wishing everyone a warm and happy holiday season!
12/22/2023

Wishing everyone a warm and happy holiday season!

How much biodiversity might you find if you put a biocube on a Christmas tree? Let’s find out with our friends at Carneg...
12/22/2023

How much biodiversity might you find if you put a biocube on a Christmas tree? Let’s find out with our friends at Carnegie Museum of Natural History!

How much biodiversity would you find if you put a biocube on a Christmas tree?

This biocube is hanging in the branches of a spruce tree in northeastern Ohio. The tree is most likely a Norway spruce, a non-native tree introduced from Europe in the 18th century.

Even though there aren't any in this photo, spruce trees provide habitat for many birds, including owls and hawks. (You may recall that a Northern Saw-whet Owl made itself at home in the 75-foot Norway spruce in Rockefeller Center in 2020.) You might also find red squirrels hunting for green cones because they eat the seeds inside. One possible insect in spruce trees is spruce gall adelgid – they feed on new plant tissue, which causes the plant to grow galls. And the possibilities don't end there.

Visit the museum this holiday season to learn more about biocubes and biodiversity in the exhibition Life in One Cubic Foot. https://brnw.ch/21wFwWc

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Traveling south during the Jim Crow era, Black families often readied themselves for an inhospitable world. African Amer...
12/21/2023

Traveling south during the Jim Crow era, Black families often readied themselves for an inhospitable world. African Americans had many strategies in the case of a dangerous encounter. For a traveling family, a chauffeur’s hat could be a useful prop in an interaction with a racist police officer. If pulled over, Black men would invent stories claiming the car they drove was, in fact, their boss’s. They were just a chauffeur, a servant. The woman and children? Just taking the boss’s “help” home after a long day.

Explore other stories of African American travel along America's highways during the Jim Crow era in our traveling exhibition "The Negro Motorist Green Book" on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Negro Motorist Green Book was created for African American travelers in 1936 during a time when automobile travel symbolized freedom in America. The Green Book provided critical information on hotels, restaurants, service station, and other facilities that would welcome African American travelers. In the era of Jim Crow and "sundown towns," this knowledge was not just helpful--it could be lifesaving.

12/19/2023

What does women’s history mean to you? Share a story of an American woman from the past who has inspired you. https://s.si.edu/3QY6cZ4

Marks, Mississippi, became a symbol of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. Years earlier, Dr. King and Civil Rights Acti...
12/19/2023

Marks, Mississippi, became a symbol of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. Years earlier, Dr. King and Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy visited a school in Marks where children ran barefoot on the playground because they had no shoes. For lunch, children shared sliced apples. Seeing the realities of poverty’s impact on children drove Dr. King’s determination to fight poverty as a national cause and crusade.

In 1968, the Poor People’s Campaign launched the Freedom Train, the movement’s first caravan of protesters. The Southern Caravan from Marks, Mississippi, like this one, included mules and wagons to symbolize the injustices of tenant farming, sharecropping, and the plantation economy.

Visit the New Mexico History Museum through January 15 to explore this chapter of our nation’s past in our “Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” traveling exhibition.

Photo courtesy: Diana Davies Photograph Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution

This dress belonged to Minnijean Brown, a girl who made history by simply trying to go to school and claiming her right ...
12/18/2023

This dress belonged to Minnijean Brown, a girl who made history by simply trying to go to school and claiming her right to belong.

Minnijean was excited to go to Central High in Little Rock Arkansas because it looked “like a castle.” She was convinced she would receive a superior education there. But on the first day of school, the Arkansas National Guard blocked her entrance. She faced an army to get an equal education.

In 1957, she and eight classmates integrated the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the civil rights movement. Inside Central High, white students terrorized Minnijean. They punched her, kicked her, and lit paper to throw fire at her. When she stood up for herself the first time, Principal Jess Matthews suspended her. The second time, he expelled her. She had to leave her family and move to New York to complete her education.

Learn more about Minijean’s story in our “Girlhood (It’s complicated)” traveling exhibition on view now at our Affiliate the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Image: Courtesy National Museum of American History

12/15/2023

  The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Chicago to Host Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition in collaboration with The Field Museum The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture will host “Caribbean Indigenous Resistance / Resistencia indígena del Caribe ¡Taíno Vive!” Ja...

When Victor Hugo Green created “The Negro Motorist Green Book” in 1936 it was more than a travel guide. It was a shield,...
12/14/2023

When Victor Hugo Green created “The Negro Motorist Green Book” in 1936 it was more than a travel guide. It was a shield, empowering Black people to explore their world with more dignity than fear, more elegance than embarrassment.

Explore the history of this life-saving guide when our traveling exhibition “The Negro Motorist Green Book” opens this Saturday, December 16 at the Petersen Automotive Museum !

Dodger Stadium is built on land that was once the largely Mexican American working-class neighborhoods of Chavez Ravine....
12/12/2023

Dodger Stadium is built on land that was once the largely Mexican American working-class neighborhoods of Chavez Ravine. In the 1950s, Los Angeles officials forced residents out of their homes and off of their land using eminent domain, with the promise of building more affordable housing. Instead, the bulldozed homes became the site for a new stadium. For this baseball-loving community, the game came to represent physical displacement. Former residents of Chavez Ravine call themselves Los Desterrados, “The Uprooted.”

In the 1980s, with the skyrocketing popularity of star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela and Jaime Jarrín broadcasting in Spanish, Dodger Stadium started to become a Latino space once again.

Legendary Ecuadorian broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, shown here at the L.A. Coliseum during the Dodgers' inaugural season in Los Angeles, became the Spanish-language voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959.

Explore the impact of Latinos in baseball in our traveling exhibition "¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas" on view now at the African American Cultural Center and Museum of Florida in Palm Coast, Florida!

You can also explore Admiral Grace Hopper’s life and legacy in our free poster exhibition “Picturing Women Inventors” (d...
12/09/2023

You can also explore Admiral Grace Hopper’s life and legacy in our free poster exhibition “Picturing Women Inventors” (developed in partnership with The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center)!

Request your free digital copy here: https://s.si.edu/46db0iO

12/09/2023

“There is only Lady Day,” Zadie Smith writes in her reflection featured in “Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill,” the book that inspired the current exhibition on display at the center.

Like the exhibit, the book shares a vivid, intimate and largely unseen photographic chronicle of one week in the life of jazz icon Billie Holiday. Available now in the Woody Guthrie Center gift shop.

Learn more about the exhibit, “Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic”: https://woodyguthriecenter.org/visit/exhibits/billie-holiday-at-sugar-hill/

[All photographs © 2018 Jerry Dantzic/ Jerry Dantzic Archives. All rights reserved.]

Ladies, do you remember what your high school gym uniform looked like? America has been talking about girls’ health and ...
12/08/2023

Ladies, do you remember what your high school gym uniform looked like?

America has been talking about girls’ health and wellness and creating dress codes for them for centuries! This loose-fitting gym suit from the early 1900s allowed girls to play sports. Girls of the early 20th century who played sports and exercised also worked on dress reform, trading corsets and long skirts for bloomers and looser styles that allowed for greater freedom of movement!

Explore what it has meant to grow up as a girl in the U.S. in “Girlhood (It’s complicated)” on view now at our Affiliate the Cincinnati Museum Center .



Image courtesy: National Museum of American History

Our “Caribbean Indigenous Resistance ¡Taino Vive!” traveling exhibition, opening at The National Museum of Puerto Rican ...
12/06/2023

Our “Caribbean Indigenous Resistance ¡Taino Vive!” traveling exhibition, opening at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture on January 6, tells the story of the Caribbean from the perspective of indigenous survival and resistance.

In 1492, it was the Indigenous Taíno peoples of the northern Caribbean islands, who discovered Christopher Columbus. This encounter set in motion an invasion by Spanish soldiers, priests, and colonists that devastated Taíno civilization and decimated the Taíno population. By the 1550s, colonial officials assumed Taíno peoples had become extinct. In reality, the Taíno and their culture resisted, survived, and continue to make an impact around the world today.

Make sure to plan your visit so you can explore the incredible history of these Spanish and English-speaking islands, and the impact and legacy of Caribbean Indigenous knowledge throughout the world!

12/04/2023

Five Incredible Boreal Forest Facts:

1. Home of nesting sites for up to 3 BILLION birds
2. Holds 1.5 million lakes
3. 500 BILLION trees
4. 32,000 kinds of insects
5. Refuge for the few remaining caribou herds in North America

Explore how  ! Our “Girlhood (It’s complicated)” traveling exhibition engages audiences in timely conversations about wo...
12/01/2023

Explore how ! Our “Girlhood (It’s complicated)” traveling exhibition engages audiences in timely conversations about women’s history and women’s issues through unexpected stories of girlhood in the US.

12/01/2023
11/30/2023
11/30/2023

Saturday December 2 will be the last day you can see the "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields | Revolución en los Campos" exhibition at the Greeley History Museum, and the final day of its' national tour. Stop by the museum Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm to learn more about Huerta and her work with the national farm workers movement, and to see how the movement was connected to Greeley and Weld County.

Photo: Farm workers in the fields of the Costal Valleys, Salinas, California, 1980s; credit © David Bacon, 2008.

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. This exhibition received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

11/30/2023

Will you be in the downtown Los Angeles, CA area in early December?

The Japanese American National Museum is currently hosting our traveling exhibition “The Bias Inside Us,” which explores the science of implicit bias.

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