Upcoming Events

Book Signing and Reading with Susan Stockdale

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 1:00pm

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

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"From Billions to None" Film Showing & Lecture

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

From Billions to None Film Showing & Lecture with producers Joel Greenberg and David Mrazek.

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Lecture and Book Signing by Christopher Cokinos

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Martha's Flight into the Future: Heresy as Hope

Christopher Cokinos, the author of Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds (Tarcher/Penguin), the classic natural history of six extinct North American birds, will share some remarkable stories about the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet, the great auk, the Labrador duck, the ivory-billed woodpecker and the heath hen.  There's the tale of the biology professor (and part-time milk man) who tries to save the heath hens on Martha's Vineyard...the graduate student who returns south in the 1940s to write the first book on the ivory-bill as its forest was being logged in order to make tea-crates for the British Army...the story of the boy who shot in 1900 what is still officially considered the last wild passenger pigeon.  These stories tie us to the past and the future, the land and the sky--and raise profound questions about the role of environmental memory.

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"The Lost Bird Project"

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC

Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador Duck, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape and in our collective memory.  Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world by permanently placing his elegant, evocative bronze memorials at the location of each bird’s demise. 

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Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:00am

Opening in 2015

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 will be the first exhibition to debut in the newly renovated Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery in the National Museum of American History. Prominent recognition opportunities are available for sponsors.

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