Past Events

Book Signing and Reading with Susan Stockdale

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 1:00pm

Bring on the Birds: a book signing and reading with Susan Stockdale, children’s author and illustrator


Echoes of Their Wings: The Passenger Pigeon and its Legacy

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 6:00pm


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Numbering in the billions, the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America if not the world. As late as 1860, a single flight near Toronto likely exceeded a billion birds and maybe three billion. Yet because of unrelenting human exploitation for food and recreation, the last of the wild birds were killed around 1900 and the last of the species died in a Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. The story of this bird is unique in human history and the lessons that it offers are critically important 100 years later.


Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:00pm

We are pleased to welcome Rick Anderson for a talk on Open Access on Monday, March 10, in the Ripley Center, Quad, Lecture Hall (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.). Please join us for this exciting discussion! This is the second lecture in The Open Access Future series sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer.


Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

We are pleased to welcome Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough as the inaugural speaker in the Libraries' new lecture series, The Future of Access. Secretary Clough will discuss his new book, Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age, on January 15 in the Ripley Center, Quad, Lecture Hall (12:00-1:00 p.m.). 


Adopt-a-Book Evening

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

Enjoy a unique and lively evening to benefit the Smithsonian Libraries' rare book and preservation programs. The event will feature German food, wine and beer, and entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to browse a trove of remarkable and historic volumes and are invited to learn more about the Libraries' special collections and why they must be preserved.