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Nature of the Book: A Virtual Tour

Nature of the Book: A Virtual Tour

November 15, 2022
Nature of the Book will open on November 11, 2022 in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.  To celebrate, we’re taking you on a virtual tour with the curators!
Mary Vaux Walcott: A Life in Bloom

Mary Vaux Walcott: A Life in Bloom

October 28, 2022
To celebrate the publication of Wild Flowers of North America: Botanical Illustrations by Mary Vaux Walcott , Smithsonian Libraries and Archives is pleased to host a virtual panel discussion about the life and work of Mary Vaux Walcott on Friday, October 28th, 2022.
 Smithson to Smithsonian: Expanding Our Story

Smithson to Smithsonian: Expanding Our Story

August 31, 2022
Join us as we highlight Smithsonian staff who are working to restore, highlight, and amplify cultural heritage from historically marginalized communities.
Smithson to Smithsonian: The Legacy of James Smithson

Smithson to Smithsonian: The Legacy of James Smithson

July 27, 2022
https://youtu.be/-XnRq_NZzacTo celebrate the launch of our 175th-anniversary online exhibition, Smithson to Smithsonian, we’ll explore the life and legacy of founder James Smithson with a panel of experts. 
Folkways@Folklife: Alice Gerrard and Leyla McCalla

Folkways@Folklife: Alice Gerrard and Leyla McCalla

June 24, 2022
In honor of our newest exhibition, Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change , Smithsonian Libraries and Archives is co-presenting an evening concert with Alice Gerrard and Leyla McCalla. 
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Tours for ALA Annual

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Tours for ALA Annual

June 23, 2022
We're welcoming attendees of American Libraries Association Annual Conference to Washington with tours of four of our locations and our new exhibition! 
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So You Want to Be a Librarian (Or Archivist) At the Smithsonian?

June 1, 2022
Whether you are a job seeker or just curious, join us to explore career opportunities at the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. 
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Adopt-a-Book Salon: Your Smithsonian: Past, Present, and Future

April 26, 2022
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
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Adopt-a-Book Salon: The Lived Experience

April 20, 2022
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
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Women at Work

February 15, 2022
Attend the second program in our Women’s History with Smithsonian Libraries and Archives series, sponsored by Deloitte, to learn about historical women at work and hear from Under Secretary for Science and Research Ellen Stofan, leaders from the Biden administration, and from Deloitte about their experiences and understanding of the modern situation of women at work and how we can continue to make progress.
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Smithsonian 175th Film Fest: Fossils

January 28, 2022
Join us for a screening of Putting Triceratops Together Again (2001). In the short videos in this series, the Museum’s paleobiology staff discussed how they used 3D scanning to restore, maintain, and better understand Hatcher, the world’s first ​skeletal mount of Triceratops to ever go on exhibit.  
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Wikipedia and Women in Science Edit-a-thon

January 20, 2022
We recently added Wikidata profiles about 100 women in science, and we need your help to write and strengthen their Wikipedia articles! Join us for our edit-a-thon January 20th at 1 p.m. ET to learn more about these women in science in Smithsonian history.
Book cover of "The Science of James Smithson"

What Was James Smithson Doing in the Kitchen & Classroom?

December 1, 2021
In this year’s Dibner Library Lecture, Steven Turner will dig deeper into some of the lesser-known tales of James Smithson’s work, like how Smithson’s interest in cooking helped him solve a scientific puzzle. He’ll also discuss the unexpected story of Smithson’s interest in scientific education – a lifelong interest that may have led to the founding of the Smithsonian.
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At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: Magnificent Obsessions

October 5, 2021
Join curators of Magnificent Obsessions Mary Augusta Thomas and Stephen Van Dyk as they share the stories of some of the fascinating collectors and incredible objects featured in the exhibition, as well as behind-the-scenes insights into the process of developing it.
Red wax seal used by Elizabeth Macie, James Smithson’s mother, as part of the Hungerford Deed

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: The Hungerford Deed

August 12, 2021
Join conservator William Bennett as he shares details about his preservation of the Hungerford Deed, divulges the sensational stories and fascinating history that emerged from his research about it, and provides a behind-the-scenes deep dive into the virtual exhibition featuring the Deed that will be launching August 10.

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