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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. 
Aeronautical sheet music cover

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!
Caterpilaer on small red flowers

Adopt-a-Book Salon: The Lived Experience

April 20, 2022
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
"Women at Work" superimposed over collage of portraits of 6 women of various ages and races.

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.
Collage showing shells, squid, airplane, world's fair image, man, and young boy

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.
Handcolored photo of the Smithsonian Castle on fire in 1865, Ask a Conservator: Emergency Management

Ask a Conservator: Emergency Management

June 23, 2021
Join Nora Lockshin, senior conservator, and Katie Wagner, senior book conservator, to hear how they plan for and respond to potential emergency situations that could pose risks to the safety of our precious collections at the Smithsonian and those of our fellow cultural institutions around the country. They’ll also discuss how they are called on to assist with protecting and recovering cultural heritage around the world.
Adopt-a-Book Salon: From the Vaults with images from and of books

Adopt-a-Book Salon: From the Vaults

April 28, 2021
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
Adopt-a-Book Salon: America the Beautiful with images of book covers

Adopt-a-Book Salon: America the Beautiful

April 13, 2021
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
Adopt-a-Book Salon: Off the Mall with images of libraries and books on shelves

Adopt-a-Book Salon: Off the Mall

April 1, 2021
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!

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