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Civil Rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day in 1929. Image: Courtesy of  The Library of...
01/15/2021

Civil Rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day in 1929. Image: Courtesy of The Library of Congress

#DYK that in the mid-19th century, 60% of Americans made their living as farmers? A lot has changed since then. Today, t...
01/13/2021

#DYK that in the mid-19th century, 60% of Americans made their living as farmers? A lot has changed since then. Today, that number is only about 2%! Our “The Way We Worked” exhibition explores America's diverse work history.

Happy #MoonMonday! #DIdYouKnow that Margaret Hamilton ran the team that verified and installed programs into the #Apollo...
01/11/2021

Happy #MoonMonday! #DIdYouKnow that Margaret Hamilton ran the team that verified and installed programs into the #Apollo Guidance Computer’s memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)? Ensuring that the programs had no errors required an enormous amount of paper documentation! #Apollo11 #MoonShot

The lack of representation of people of color in Western art is what inspired Los Angeles-born artist Kehinde Wiley to c...
01/04/2021

The lack of representation of people of color in Western art is what inspired Los Angeles-born artist Kehinde Wiley to create a catalogue of work that defies the absence of black and brown bodies by powerfully asserting them. One of his most iconic works is the official presidential portrait of former United States President Barack Obama.

Learn more about other #InspirationalBlackMen featured in our "Men Of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth." exhibition here: https://menofchange.si.edu/

Timeline Photos
01/01/2021

Timeline Photos

Celebrate the day with some cool facts about #Narwhals! #DidYouKnow that narwhals can live up to 100 years old, but the ...
12/31/2020

Celebrate the day with some cool facts about #Narwhals! #DidYouKnow that narwhals can live up to 100 years old, but the average is about 60 years?

"I pledge allegiance to the flag…” Our US flag was adopted in 1818. But #DidYouKnow that the Pledge of Allegiance wasn’t...
12/30/2020

"I pledge allegiance to the flag…” Our US flag was adopted in 1818. But #DidYouKnow that the Pledge of Allegiance wasn’t written until 74 years later when Francis Bellamy penned the famous words in 1892? It was first published in "The Youth's Companion" to coincide with the dedication of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on October 21, 1892, as a way to instill American nationalism through flag ceremonies. The pledge was quickly adopted across the country. These students at Mott Street Industrial School in NYC saluted the flag around 1892. #AmericanDemocracy

Esso Standard Oil – now ExxonMobil –was a leader in offering opportunity to Black Americans during the Jim Crow era, ope...
12/29/2020

Esso Standard Oil – now ExxonMobil –was a leader in offering opportunity to Black Americans during the Jim Crow era, opening doors to Black intellectual expertise, and those with higher education and training. They hired Black Americans at every level of the organization, and this positioned Esso as one of the most progressive corporations in America. See “The Negro Motorist Green Book” traveling exhibition now at the National Civil Rights Museum! #GreenBook

Happy #MoonMonday! #DidYouKnow? At the beginning of the 20th century, pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès put Jul...
12/28/2020

Happy #MoonMonday! #DidYouKnow? At the beginning of the 20th century, pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès put Jules Verne’s lunar voyage on film. "Voyage dans la Lune" (1902), harkened back to old ways of seeing the Moon!

Image Courtesy: The Library of Congress

Timeline Photos
12/25/2020

Timeline Photos

This Raleigh Serengeti was disassembled into 893 parts by artist Todd McLellan! See photographs of it now in our #Things...
12/24/2020

This Raleigh Serengeti was disassembled into 893 parts by artist Todd McLellan! See photographs of it now in our #ThingsComeApart traveling exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum! "Things Come Apart" embraces key STEAM concepts & provides an ideal environment for hands-on experimentation!

This photo of Billie Holiday and her pet Chihuahua, Pepi, backstage at Sugar Hill, Newark, New Jersey in April of 1957 i...
12/23/2020

This photo of Billie Holiday and her pet Chihuahua, Pepi, backstage at Sugar Hill, Newark, New Jersey in April of 1957 is just one of many never-before seen photographs of the beloved jazz singer in our traveling exhibition "Billie Holiday At Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic," now on view at Fort Smith Regional Art Museum through January 3.

Farm worker and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is seen here on September 30, 1962 registering members at the found...
12/22/2020

Farm worker and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is seen here on September 30, 1962 registering members at the founding convention of the National Farm Workers Association. The NFWA championed workers’ rights and advocated for fair wages.

You can see "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos" now through January 9 at Las Cruces Museums (The Branigan Center)!

Only a week left to see our "100 Faces Of War" traveling exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art before it leaves ...
12/21/2020

Only a week left to see our "100 Faces Of War" traveling exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art before it leaves on December 30. The exhibition gives voice to soldiers and citizens who participated in Iraq and Afghanistan theaters through letters, statements, and 100 oil portraits.

Celebrate #MoonMonday by checking out these rugged lunar highs and lows! This large cliff, part of the wall of Antoniadi...
12/21/2020

Celebrate #MoonMonday by checking out these rugged lunar highs and lows! This large cliff, part of the wall of Antoniadi crater, rises 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Some lunar mountains rise more than twice that height! #ANewMoonRises

Museum on Main Street
12/18/2020

Museum on Main Street

Over the past century, we’ve learned that our access to clean, usable water is far from guaranteed. In #StoriesFromMainSt’s final episode of season 1, we explore what people and communities are doing to save and protect our waterways. Listen here: http://bit.ly/31YwGkP #MyWaterStory

African American dance legend Alvin Ailey created more than 80 ballets and performed for more than 20 million people aro...
12/16/2020

African American dance legend Alvin Ailey created more than 80 ballets and performed for more than 20 million people around the world. He is one of 27 #InspirationalBlackMen featured in our “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” exhibition! Learn more: menofchange.si.edu

This Moon mosaic was made with 1,686 images, most of which were acquired during two weeks in 2011. The Sun remained low ...
12/14/2020

This Moon mosaic was made with 1,686 images, most of which were acquired during two weeks in 2011. The Sun remained low over the horizon during this time, which emphasizes landform relief. Our “A New Moon Rises” exhibition includes images of our Moon from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter! #MoonMonday

During his administration Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which sent 75,000 Americans of Japanese ance...
12/11/2020

During his administration Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which sent 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals to incarceration centers. Our “Righting A Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” exhibition explores the impact of this executive order. You can download a free digital copy of the poster exhibition here: t-t.site/2NTEUnB

In this photo, the Masuda family, owners of the Wanto Grocery in Oakland, CA proclaimed that they were American, even as they were forced to sell their business before they were incarcerated in August 1942. #RightingAWrong

Don't miss "Billie Holiday Performing at Sugar Hill: Photographs at Sugar Hill," a Zoom lecture by Grayson Dantzic, tomo...
12/09/2020

Don't miss "Billie Holiday Performing at Sugar Hill: Photographs at Sugar Hill," a Zoom lecture by Grayson Dantzic, tomorrow at 7pm Central. Register here: https://fsram.regfox.com/dantziclecture

This lecture is based on our traveling exhibition on view now at Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. In April 1957, photographer Jerry Dantzic had an assignment from Decca Records to photograph Billie Holiday during a weeklong run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub, Sugar Hill. What unfolded was an unexpected and intimate journey into her private and public worlds. His photos comprise the largest collection of images from any single Billie Holiday club engagement. #BillieHoliday

African Americans had many strategies in the case of a dangerous encounter while traveling. For a traveling family, a ch...
12/08/2020

African Americans had many strategies in the case of a dangerous encounter while traveling. 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.

“The Negro Motorist Green Book” traveling exhibition is on view now at the National Civil Rights Museum. Learn more here: https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/green-book-exhibition #GreenBook

Tune in today at 8pm (ET) for a keynote address from civil rights icon and farm workers rights activist, Dolores Huerta!...
12/04/2020

Tune in today at 8pm (ET) for a keynote address from civil rights icon and farm workers rights activist, Dolores Huerta! This program is hosted by Las Cruces Museums (the Branigan Cultural Center), one of our Smithsonian Affiliations organizations!

Don't forget to checkout our bilingual Spanish and English traveling exhibition, "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos" at the Branigan Cultural Center. Explore the story of the legendary activist and her role in leading the Farm Workers Movement of the 1960s and 70s!

Tune in to share virtual space with the revolutionary leader, Dolores Huerta!

Sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.
#DoloresHuerta

#DidYouKnow that white willow tree bark has been used by Native Americans as a pain reliever for thousands of years? It ...
12/02/2020

#DidYouKnow that white willow tree bark has been used by Native Americans as a pain reliever for thousands of years? It contains a chemical similar to aspirin and was used to develop the drug in the 1800s. #RootsOfWisdom

Join the Branigan Cultural Center in conversation with youth who grew up in migrant farm working families about their ex...
12/02/2020

Join the Branigan Cultural Center in conversation with youth who grew up in migrant farm working families about their experiences and their work on the Youth Council through the CAMP Program. Free program, registration required: bit.ly/3fMqzW1

Do not miss this fascinating conversation today at 7:30pm (ET) with Las Cruces Museums (the Branigan Cultural Center), a member of our Smithsonian Affiliations! #DoloresHuerta

Join us for events related to our new exhibit "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos" that will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center from October 17, 2020 through January 9, 2021. The exhibition shares the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Dolores Huerta and the farm workers movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

You can email [email protected] with any questions related to the upcoming events!

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

#DoloresHuerta @sitesExhibits

Who was Robert Blackburn? An influential teacher, a celebrated collaborator, and a pioneering artist, who embraced the i...
12/01/2020

Who was Robert Blackburn? An influential teacher, a celebrated collaborator, and a pioneering artist, who embraced the ideals of democracy through his insistence that all should have access to art and the creative process! He was a key artist in the development of printmaking in the twentieth century.

In 1947, he founded a printmaking workshop as a welcoming space where artists of all levels could learn and create. It thrived as a highly collaborative graphic center and continues operating to this day. At the workshop, diverse participants freely exchanged ideas and expertise, experimented with technique, and often worked together to produce prints. This resulted in a broad and varied landscape of graphic expressions unlike the production of any other workshop.

His incredible life and career is explored in our “Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking” traveling exhibition!

Las Cruces Museums
11/30/2020

Las Cruces Museums

Join us for events related to our new exhibit "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos" that will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center from October 17, 2020 through January 9, 2021. The exhibition shares the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Dolores Huerta and the farm workers movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

You can email [email protected] with any questions related to the upcoming events!

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

#DoloresHuerta @sitesExhibits

California African American Museum
11/30/2020

California African American Museum

To create his iconic fire, James Baldwin crossed an ocean. His new vantage point allowed him to see and write about the pain that had made him who he was with a genius that would make him famous. From his debut novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” to “Giovanni’s Room,” to the essays that brought him fame and eventually secured his place in a pantheon of great writers, Baldwin investigated, critiqued, deconstructed, and laid bare the disturbing realities of his home country.

Born in Harlem, Baldwin famously moved to Paris in 1948, where he found the clarity to write purely about his personal pain and that of his people. His essays, plays, and novels journeyed into the nuances of racism, spirituality, homosexuality, interracial love, and humanity. Books like “Notes of a Native Son” and “The Fire Next Time,” along with a recent resurgence of interest in his work and televised debates, are potent reminders of the incandescent quality of his work. Not content to simply imagine a better world, Baldwin forced his readers to face the one we live in and find the courage to right its wrongs.

Baldwin is one of 27 revolutionary men profiled in “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.,” an exhibition that honors Black men and shows how they have altered the course of America, which awaits your visit once LA museums can reopen.

Hank Willis Thomas
A person is more important than anything else..., 2014
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

James Baldwin, Istanbul 1964
Sedat Pakay. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture, © Sedat Pakay 1964

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

A safe and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the staff here at SITES!
11/26/2020

A safe and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the staff here at SITES!

Bayard Rustin (left) was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He worked with Martin Luth...
11/25/2020

Bayard Rustin (left) was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He worked with Martin Luther King Jr. to bring about the boycott of Montgomery’s segregated buses in 1956. Rustin is one of 27 #InspirationalBlackMen highlighted in our “Men Of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” exhibition.

Happy #MoonMonday! #DidYouKnow that our Moon is a surprisingly dynamic place? New impact craters are being formed. Volca...
11/23/2020

Happy #MoonMonday! #DidYouKnow that our Moon is a surprisingly dynamic place? New impact craters are being formed. Volcanic activity, once thought long extinct, may have happened in the recent past. The crust has recently fractured from slow interior cooling and shrinking of the Moon. It may still be shrinking today!

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been studying the Moon from lunar orbit since 2009. Its high-resolution imaging system, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), has taken over a million images of the surface and revealed details never before seen. Many of these images are part of our "A New Moon Rises" exhibition. #ANewMoonRises

Our “The Way We Worked” exhibition explores America’s work history—like these ladies hauling blocks of ice in the early ...
11/20/2020

Our “The Way We Worked” exhibition explores America’s work history—like these ladies hauling blocks of ice in the early 1900s!

Green Book sites owned by Black women were dominant throughout the pages of the guide! From beauty shops to funeral home...
11/19/2020

Green Book sites owned by Black women were dominant throughout the pages of the guide! From beauty shops to funeral homes, woman-run business provided comfort, service & personality to travelers across the country. Without the Black women business owners, the Green Book would not have had as many successful listings as it did. You can see our traveling exhibition "The Negro Motorist Green Book" now at our Smithsonian Affiliations member, National Civil Rights Museum at the Historic Lorraine Motel! #GreenBook

Billie Holiday was an African American jazz vocalist who lived in an era in which society conspired to limit her agency ...
11/17/2020

Billie Holiday was an African American jazz vocalist who lived in an era in which society conspired to limit her agency and power. What she had was her intellect, her courage & her art—her wondrous voice—to challenge these norms and convey her messages. #BecauseOfHerStory

Happy #MoonMonday! In 1953, mathematician Katherine Johnson joined the NACA (later NASA Langley) as a human “computer.” ...
11/16/2020

Happy #MoonMonday! In 1953, mathematician Katherine Johnson joined the NACA (later NASA Langley) as a human “computer.” She calculated spacecraft trajectories from Project Mercury to Apollo! #BecauseOfHerStory #Apollo #InspirationalBlackWomen

Votes For Women NM
11/13/2020

Votes For Women NM

🌻𝗢𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝟰 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗟𝗲𝗳𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻!🌻

When exploring the Votes For Women exhibit, don't forget to fill out the #ScavengerHunt form!

You can complete the scavenger hunt form by downloading a fillable PDF form. Click here for the PDF form: https://tinyurl.com/VotesScavHunt

You can either print, scan or take a picture of the completed form and email to [email protected]
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Complete the scavenger hunt form online via a Google Survey here: https://tinyurl.com/VotesForWomenNM

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Here's a handy guide to help find all of the banners ⤵️ https://tinyurl.com/VFWScavengerHuntMap

Winners will be selected and notified during the week of November 16, 2020. The last day to submit an entry is November 14, 2020.

#VotesForWomenNM #100YearsOfVoting #19thAmendment
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The women's voting is the BOMB well done
We just received your WWI posters, here at the Mascoutah Public Library, and they are awesome!
Historic Wintersburg, Huntington Beach, California, is so proud to be part of the "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" exhibit at the Heritage Museum of Orange County! Check out our exhibit on Japanese American early-1900s sports history in Orange County, with the Hometown Teams exhibit in the Quilter's Cottage. This Saturday, we co-host a baseball-theme "picnic blanket" outdoor movie night on the lawn of the 12-acre Heritage Museum. We'll be joined by some of the stars from award-winning short film, "Day of Independence", and after that, the cult classic, "The Sandlot"! If you are in the Orange County, California, area, please join us at 6 pm for the FREE movie night, bring your picnic blanket (picnic baskets with your homemade goodies are okay). Meet the stars under the stars at our late summer outdoor movie night! More information on our blog, www.HistoricWintersburg.blogspot.com
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