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Mission: Smithsonian Affiliations develops long-term, high quality, and mutually beneficial partnerships with museums and educational organizations to share our resources and promote effective collaborations in order to create lasting experiences that educate, inspire, and broaden perspectives on science, history, world culture, and the arts.

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What's the most unusual election-related item collected by the National Museum of American History ? Good question! Let'...
10/27/2020

What's the most unusual election-related item collected by the National Museum of American History ? Good question! Let's ask them tonight when curators present "Collecting American Elections," a Virtual Scholar Talk in collaboration with 7 Smithsonian Affiliates. TONIGHT, 10/27, 8 pm Eastern Time. Register here- http://s.si.edu/collecting-elections

Wacky hats, buttons, ribbons, signs--how do you remember presidential elections? Join 7 Smithsonian Affiliates and curat...
10/22/2020

Wacky hats, buttons, ribbons, signs--how do you remember presidential elections? Join 7 Smithsonian Affiliates and curators from the National Museum of American History on 10/27 at 8 pm Eastern Time for a roundtable discussion on what campaign objects the Smithsonian collects and why. Register and join us here http://s.si.edu/collecting-elections

Collaborating Affiliates:
Historic Annapolis
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Heinz History Center
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
North Carolina Museum of History
Framingham State University
Arizona State Museum

10/15/2020
The Legacy of the Green Book

In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postman, began publishing a guide for African American travelers to offer travel options during America’s Jim Crow era. The Green Book, as it was known, was a sustained success—for almost thirty years -- providing Black travelers information on hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other facilities where they could expect welcome “without humiliation.”

Join Smithsonian Affiliations, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor to explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today.

10/05/2020
Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Congrats to our @Smithsonian Affiliate, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology for this awesome work with Smithsonian Education Learning Lab!

The first exhibit in our 2020 Fall Virtual Exhibit Series launches this Friday, October 2nd on Smithsonian Learning Lab! The Learning Lab is a collaborative educational platform created by The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, featuring museum and archival collections and teaching tools for audiences of all ages. In the video below, Fran and Tony show you how to explore the platform and our online exhibits.

See the full CCHP virtual exhibit schedule here: https://uakron.edu/chp/education/online-exhibits

Learn more about how teachers can use Learning Lab: https://learninglab.si.edu/help/for-teachers/share

09/02/2020
How Museums Tell Stories: Diorama Make-a-long

Check out this month's #SmithsonianEdu challenge highlighting exhibit design! And hear from our Affiliate Ohio History Connection as they share tips on telling stories through exhibitions too.
Read more here: https://s.si.edu/EduChallengeExhibit

Find inspiration from Ohio History in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaCn4ALtYMQ&feature=youtu.be

Join Bill and Stacia to learn more about the variety of ways museums tell stories through exhibits. Learn about the different tools exhibit designers use to ...

09/02/2020
Museum on Main Street

Everyone has a story to tell! Tune in to a new podcast from our friends at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service #StoriesFromMainSt and listen to stories from people across the country.

Everybody has a story to tell. Hear some of those stories in the new podcast "Smithsonian’s Stories from Main Street." Episode one will be released on Friday, September 4! More info here: https://museumonmainstreet.org/podcast

Gathered by the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, the stories featured in these curated episodes feature the authentic voice of small-town America. The first season takes inspiration from the many people who have shared stories during national tours of the Museum on Main Street exhibition "Water/Ways". The episodes dive into an essential biological and natural resource of life—water. Listen to stories that reflect water’s impact on work and play, in agriculture and landscape, and in personal experience and memory. #StoriesFromMainStreet #MyWaterStory

Join Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Damion Thomas on Sunday, May 17 at 2 pm...
05/13/2020

Join Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Damion Thomas on Sunday, May 17 at 2 pm eastern for a special zoom lecture about Michael Jordan. RSVP here or at one of 10 participating Smithsonian Affiliates:

California African American Museum, Peoria Riverfront Museum, The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Cleveland History Center/ Western Reserve Historical Society, Springfield Museums, National Civil Rights Museum, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Indiana Historical Society, HistoryMiami Museum, North Carolina Museum of History

RSVP- https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/6515893094581/WN_GaHmxH3GRrm9vSVdeMHovg

Free online resources from our @smithsonian affiliate friends at the Arab American National Museum! #SmithsonianEdu
03/26/2020

Free online resources from our @smithsonian affiliate friends at the Arab American National Museum! #SmithsonianEdu

To support caregivers during this time and help keep kids engaged and learning while they're not in the classroom, we've compiled a growing list of free online resources for all ages: www.bit.ly/aanmEdu

Check back as it will continue to be updated! #SmithsonianEdu #museumsfromhome

Discover more Distance Learning Resources from Smithsonian and other fellow Smithsonian Affiliations museums: https://affiliations.si.edu/distance-learning-resources/

To learn about the status of Smithsonian Affiliates in your community, please check with the Affiliate for individual op...
03/14/2020
Smithsonian Magazine

To learn about the status of Smithsonian Affiliates in your community, please check with the Affiliate for individual operating status.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3.
We appreciate your understanding.

To learn about the status of Smithsonian Affiliates in your community, please check with the Affiliate for individual op...
03/14/2020
Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close March 14

To learn about the status of Smithsonian Affiliates in your community, please check with the Affiliate for individual operating status.

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Smithsonian museums in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and New York City, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. The health and safety of Smithsonian visitors, staff and vo...

It's safe to say we are now all crazy for crazy quilts. Thanks for a great day @historicannapolis !
11/14/2019

It's safe to say we are now all crazy for crazy quilts. Thanks for a great day @historicannapolis !

“We need to be contributing to pollinators throughout the year.”— the overarching theme of today’s pollinator talk at @h...
07/14/2019

“We need to be contributing to pollinators throughout the year.”— the overarching theme of today’s pollinator talk at @historicannapolis with @smithsoniangardens @horticultureguy. Beautiful setting to have such an important conversation. #polliNATION @ Paca House and Garden

Congratulations to our new Smithsonian Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III! As the first historian in the post, we're remembe...
06/17/2019

Congratulations to our new Smithsonian Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III! As the first historian in the post, we're remembering that great keynote talk he gave a few years ago at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Now lions have their own historian. Let them roar!

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
06/11/2019

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

We are pleased to announce the national tour launch of our upcoming exhibition, “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” at our Smithsonian Affiliations museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. From Louis Armstrong and Muhammed Ali to LeBron James and Ryan Coogler, this powerful exhibition tells the story of historic and contemporary African American men whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country through politics, sports, science, entertainment, business and religion!

We are grateful to the Ford Motor Company Fund for their generous support of the exhibition. You can see “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth” beginning Saturday, August 17!

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian , “Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, Cali...
04/08/2019
How the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Held On in Palm Springs

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian , “Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California” tells the story of the Agua Caliente reservation’s battles over decades for tribal sovereignty amid issues of land zoning, economics and race. Read more in the Smithsonian Magazine. The exhibition is produced by Smithsonian Affiliate, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

The one-mile square area, known as Section 14, competes for sovereignty with the wealthy in Southern California

we're making pipe cleaner orangutans with @fonznationalzoo at @smithsonianzoo today! you can too! watch the video on the...
08/01/2018

we're making pipe cleaner orangutans with @fonznationalzoo at @smithsonianzoo today! you can too! watch the video on the Zoo's page. make sure to make the arms longer than the legs for happy swinging, & add cheeks for the males. How do your orangutans look, @springfieldmuseums ? #WildWednesday

we are on cute overload today at @smithsonianzoo ! learning all about our crazy adorable meerkats. soon we'll make our o...
07/18/2018

we are on cute overload today at @smithsonianzoo ! learning all about our crazy adorable meerkats. soon we'll make our own pop-up meerkat puppets! watch live (or catch the video later) on the Zoo's page. shout out to @springfieldmuseums who are joining us virtually!

Reminder! It's Wild Wednesdaay and we're Facebook Live chatting with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Bio...
07/11/2018

Reminder! It's Wild Wednesdaay and we're Facebook Live chatting with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute at 11:45 a.m. We already know Springfield Museums is hosting a live broadcast, what are you doing???

Join Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:45am for a Facebook Live chat with ecologist Brian Evans of the migratory bird center. Tune in this "Wild Wednesday" to hear what Brian does, ask questions about all things BIRD, and be ready to try your hand at making your own nest afterwards.

and thanks to our Massachusetts Affiliate Springfield Museums for hosting the live broadcast during your Summer Spectacular!

Join Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:45am for a Facebook Live ...
07/10/2018

Join Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:45am for a Facebook Live chat with ecologist Brian Evans of the migratory bird center. Tune in this "Wild Wednesday" to hear what Brian does, ask questions about all things BIRD, and be ready to try your hand at making your own nest afterwards.

and thanks to our Massachusetts Affiliate Springfield Museums for hosting the live broadcast during your Summer Spectacular!

How are we increasing access to digital collections? By teaching the teachers to use Smithsonian Education Learning Lab ...
06/05/2018
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How are we increasing access to digital collections? By teaching the teachers to use Smithsonian Education Learning Lab in workshops at Smithsonian Affiliates. Recently Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell participated in a workshop. Read the blog here- https://s.si.edu/2swYv1c

In 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama, there are over 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations all working together to preserve our heritage, expand knowledge, and inspire learning.

Beautiful beads and baskets, music and storytelling, fashion show and film festival.. and so much more. Big kudos to the...
05/19/2018

Beautiful beads and baskets, music and storytelling, fashion show and film festival.. and so much more. Big kudos to the amazing staff of the @abbemuseum who made this inaugural market so successful! #AbbeMuseumIndianMarket #WabanakiHomeland

This is such a big deal and we're so excited one of our Smithsonian Affiliates, Abbe Museum is taking the lead in hostin...
05/18/2018
Abbe Museum Indian Market

This is such a big deal and we're so excited one of our Smithsonian Affiliates, Abbe Museum is taking the lead in hosting the inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market.

“It’s a really big deal for Maine and New England. Wabanaki art forms have been thriving and innovating for centuries, but it’s only been in the past decade or so that Wabanaki artists have been getting global recognition. They have to leave their homeland to get the praise they deserve. We want to change that.”

A great piece from Bob Keyes - take a read!

Such a cool exhibition covering the history of racing. And included in the exhibition are 7 artifacts on loan from the N...
05/17/2018
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

Such a cool exhibition covering the history of racing. And included in the exhibition are 7 artifacts on loan from the National Museum of American History!

If you missed CBS Philly and Vittoria Woodill's great segment on the Mercer's Racing exhibit last night. Here it is:

Take a March Madness break and catch up on our Affiliate news!
03/28/2018
Bring On Spring!

Take a March Madness break and catch up on our Affiliate news!

Since 2013, the Smithsonian Folklife and Smithsonian Affiliations have been exploring the diversity of African American ...
03/01/2018

Since 2013, the Smithsonian Folklife and Smithsonian Affiliations have been exploring the diversity of African American identities as expressed through the cultural and traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment. Today, participants from the The Will to Adorn project were invited to the Smithsonian to share the individual impact of the program and its impact on their communities. Joining us today are Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures , and Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center

More about the program here- http://s.si.edu/2FHsOaR

One fish, two fish, you should read this! #ReadAcrossAmericaDay is happening all over Affiliateland and at the National ...
02/28/2018
Grab your books and tall striped hats: It's time to celebrate “Read Across America Day”

One fish, two fish, you should read this! #ReadAcrossAmericaDay is happening all over Affiliateland and at the National Museum of American History. Special celebrations at the Springfield Museums at its Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum are featured in this blog post.

This week, teachers, librarians, and students across America will be looking around their homes for tall, striped top hats and red ties. They will be searching for well-loved books—perhaps one about a cat who isn’t quite cut out to be a babysitter, or another about an elephant who saves a teeny ...

A great video from our friends at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
12/01/2017
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

A great video from our friends at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

"I wanted to revisit Bulosan this way because we can all use a reminder that there have been other tough times in America, and we have persevered and become stronger as a people, and as a nation."

– Filmmaker Frank Chi talks to NBC Asian America about why Carlos Bulosan's 1946 novel is still relevant today

There's some hope for the ocean! Nancy Knowlton from the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum talking about conservation...
11/15/2017

There's some hope for the ocean!

Nancy Knowlton from the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum talking about conservation biology #OceanOptimism at Georgia Aquarium

Sea turtle populations are increasing, puffins have populated by the hundreds on
the coast of Maine thanks to Dr. Steven Kress.

Sharks are coming back by limiting shark fin harvesting and the cool shark tracking @MaryLeeShark who can be found off the coast of NJ.

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