“It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!” That’s just one of jazz-legend Duke Ellington’s most famous toe-tapping tunes! Learn more about his extraordinary six-decade career as a composer, pianist and jazz orchestra leader in “Men Of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” now at our Smithsonian Affiliations collaborator the Reginald F. Lewis Museum!
"One of the lesser-known legacies of the Civil War, however, is Memorial Day," according to this Smithsonian American History Museum blog post.
"The holiday has its roots in local commemorations of the fallen soldiers of that war, many of which involved laying flowers on graves and paying tribute to the fighting men who gave the last full measure for their cause. The first Memorial Day observances were notable for having been organized by those Americans who were unable to fully participate in the conflict that defined their era: women and African Americans."
"One of the most important antecedents of the modern Memorial Day was a Decoration Day organized by freedman's relief organizations and formerly enslaved people in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. One of a series of celebrations in the destroyed city to mark the end of the war, this event was orchestrated by the African American citizens of Charleston to mark and decorate the graves of the 257 Union prisoners who died at the Charleston Race Course, which had been converted to a Confederate prison."
Check out this photo of the Antennae Galaxies 🌌 manipulated by one of our staff members at the OWN Kiosk in the .
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What better way to celebrate than a trip to MOAS?
There are so many ways to enjoy the Museum - be it a stroll through the lush Nature Preserve 🌴 , a planetarium show 🪐 , STEM educational tools + toys 🔬 in our Children's Museum, or the rotating art + artifacts 🖼 🦴 among our temporary exhibits and permanent collection. We can't wait to see you!
[Today’s Special Exhibits + Programs]:
🕒 [3:00PM] Talk and Walk: The Amazing Illustrations of Harper's Weekly, A Journal of Civilization at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art at MOAS
🕠[5:30PM] Wednesday Yoga in the Gallery with Holistic Movements Pilates & Barre Studio
➡️ [Current Temporary Exhibitions]:
📜 The Bitten Line: Etchings from the Collection
♟️ Beyond the Plate: Murals and Other Ceramics from the Kendall Art Center Kendall Art Center / Rodríguez Collection
🧸 Child's Play: Historical Toys and Games from the Collection
🏞 A River Runs Through It: Hudson River School and Other Landscapes from the Collection
☂️ The Color of Rain: Florida Women's Arts Association Florida Women's Art Association Smithsonian Affiliations Florida Association of Museums
On May 13, 1968, Ralph Abernathy, the chief organizer declared the National Mall site a “City of Hope” as he hammered the first nail of construction. It was the beginning of what would be called “Resurrection City,” the site of a six-week, live-in protest community inhabited by demostrators from across the country.
“Solidarity Now: 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” opens at the National Civil Rights Museum (an Smithsonian Affiliations tomorrow! Explore the -- the first nationally organized demonstration after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, death that demanded equal rights, protections, and opportunities for the nation’s poor.
"Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign" opens this Saturday, May 14 at the National Civil Rights Museum (one of our Smithsonian Affiliations collaborators)!
In this exhibition, SITES and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture explore the story of the movement that rallied people from across the country to demand equal rights, protections, and opportunities for the nation’s poor.
The Poor People’s Campaign was the first nationally-organized demonstration after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. For 43 days between May and June 1968, demonstrators demanded social reforms while living side-by-side on the National Mall in a tent city known as Resurrection City. The caravan bus seen here carried demonstrators from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. Learn more about the exhibition here: https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/solidarity-now
Happy Earth Day! In honor of this day we've been preparing quite an eye-catching piece. This paper mâché planet, adorned with animals from across the earth now sits in the Lightcatcher building to remind us about the beauty and diversity of our planet. We celebrate alongside our fellow Smithsonian Affiliations and the Smithsonian.
HAPPY EARTH DAY 🌎💜 Dissect a seed 🌱, search for decomposers 🐛, and explore static electricity ⚡ all day! Take home your very own seeds 🌷 and learn from Master Gardeners at Tarrant County Master Gardener Association about the best ways to care for them!
For our Museum Members - register for a FREE, members-only Solar Oven workshop at bit.ly/3jtLgJ1.
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As a Smithsonian Affiliations, we’re joining the Smithsonian to celebrate ! Today is the 52 anniversary of Earth Day! 🌎 Let’s take care of the earth together! Swipe to see an update on our baby bluebirds and a baby nuthatch we found!
“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson
Earth Day is this week! Celebrate with hands-on activities, local partners and scientists and even a member’s only workshop! Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is your window to the world around you!
Members can register for a solar oven workshop HERE - https://bit.ly/3jtLgJ1
Celebrate Earth Day at the Museum 🌍🌎🌏
On April 22, gather your fellow environmentalists! Explore decomposers and pollinators from our collections, learn the best way to plant seeds with local Master Gardeners and see the Earth from every angle in the Current Science Studio!
Museum Members can register for a special Solar Oven workshop at https://bit.ly/3jtLgJ1.