Bookmarks (94)

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    The Art of Remembering 9/11

    Learn about five artworks in SAAM's collection and the stories they tell us about 9/11

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    A Lesser-Known Photo of an Iconic 9/11 Moment Brings Shades of Gray to the Day's Memory

    On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, photographers who immortalized the famous scene reflect on what...

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    Seven 9/11 Memorials to Visit Across the United States

    These lesser-known monuments honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks 20 years ago

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    The Heart-Wrenching History of the Breakup Album

    From Joni Mitchell's 'Blue' to Olivia Rodrigo's 'Sour,' love and loss has an ever evolving soundtrack

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    At 40, MTV Is Officially Over the Hill

    Born in 1981, the network soon grew to include reality TV and the VMAs. But nothing...

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    This Teenager Is Developing a Video Game That Assesses Your Mental Health

    Rasha Alqahtani, an 18-year-old from Saudi Arabia, is determined to help her peers learn about their...

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    More Than 80 Cultures Still Speak in Whistles

    Dozens of traditional cultures use a whistled form of their native language for long-distance communication. You...

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    Chronicling Hip-Hop's 45-Year Ascendance as a Musical, Cultural and Social Phenom

    The groundbreaking box set "Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap" features 129 tracks, liner notes and...

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    The Audubon Mural Project Brings Threatened Birds Back to New York City

    From purple finches to whiskered screech owls, artists are expanding a colorful flock of public artworks...

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    The Secret Codes of Lady Wroth, the First Female English Novelist

    The Renaissance noblewoman is little known today, but in her time she was a notorious celebrity

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    Twenty Years Later, First Responders and Families Remember the People They Lost on 9/11

    These portraits of resilience recall the day when loved ones, friends and colleagues perished in the...

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    Groundbreaking Archaeologist Ann Axtell Morris Finally Gets the Cinematic Treatment

    Nearly a century after Morris excavated ancestral Native lands, filmmakers return with an inclusive approach that...

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    The Lost Art of Molding Ice Cream Into Eagles, Tugboats and Pineapples

    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ice cream makers used metal casts to create...

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    At an Old Juke Joint in Mississippi, the Blues Are Alive

    Jimmy Holmes is the last in a line of music legends as he seeks to keep...

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    New Collection of Portraits Presents a Rarely Seen Diversity in 19th-Century American Photography

    Smithsonian American Art Museum announces major acquisition of the works of Black photographers James P. Ball,...

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    Why British Archaeologists Are Battling With the Turkish Government Over Seeds

    The ancient plants at the heart of the conflict are essential to science—and might hold clues...

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    A Folkways Challenge Reveals a Love for Sacred Harp Singing in Georgia

    Students find lasting resonance in the words and simple notes of the 1869 hymn 'How Can...

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    New Comic Series Presents Ten Visionaries and Rule Breakers in SAAM’s Collection

    A new graphic art series, "Drawn to Art," brings to light the visionary, but unheralded, work...

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    In the Face of Rising Seas, Are Floating Cities a Real Possibility?

    A scale model of Oceanix City, a concept capable of supporting more than 10,000 residents, will...

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    'Reservation Dogs' Marks a Breakthrough for Indigenous Representation Onscreen

    "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo developed a comedy about Native American teens in...

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    The Last Cigar Factory in Tampa

    After a multi-million renovation, the J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City offers visitors a museum...

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    How the Adirondack Chair Became the Feel-Good Recliner That Cures What Ails You

    The furniture piece has gone through countless permutations, but it all started at a time when...

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    Eat Like an Armenian with These Tips from a Local Guide

    Did you know that Armenian culture is heavily gastro-centric? Any occasion, be it happy or sad,...

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    'The Green Knight' Adopts a Medieval Approach to 'Modern' Problems

    A new film starring Dev Patel as Gawain feels more like a psychological thriller than a...

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    At the Pageant of the Masters, Famous Works of Art Come to Life

    For nearly a century, a volunteer cast has recreated visual masterpieces on stage in Laguna Beach,...

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    Building Community Through Video Games

    Chris Totten reflects on how the gaming community around SAAM Arcade has grown since the first...

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    A Small Town in Ohio Is Home to the World's Only Cardboard Boat Museum

    For nearly 30 years, New Richmond has hosted the International Cardboard Boat Regatta, a high-spirited race...

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    Mastering Crosswords and 19 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in August

    Beat the August heat with these 20 Smithsonian Associates online programs

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    Exhibition Showcases How Artists Challenge Mythic Conceptions of the American West

    Forty-eight modern and contemporary artists who are reclaiming the narratives of their region

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    How Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Offers Solutions to California’s Wildfires

    “We need to reintegrate Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and cultural and prescribed burning into our landscape,”...

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    Reaching Out to Those Behind Bars

    Learn how the Anacostia Community Museum redesigned its acclaimed exhibition "Men of Change" as a digital...

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    How Wheaties Became the 'Breakfast of Champions'

    Images of Olympians and other athletes on boxes helped the cereal maintain a competitive edge

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    This Graphic Artist's Olympic Pictograms Changed Urban Design Forever

    Having lived through Germany's Nazi regime, Otl Aicher went on to pioneer democratic design

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    The Tokyo Summer Olympics: Smithsonian's Guide to the Games

    Prepare yourself for the Tokyo Olympics with this comprehensive guide to the history, science, arts and...

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    For 60 Years, Indigenous Alaskans Have Hosted Their Own Olympics

    Athletes at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks test their mettle in events like the blanket...

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    Fifty Years Ago, Berkeley Restaurant Chez Panisse Launched the Farm-to-Table Movement

    'Local, organic, sustainable' are common buzzwords on American menus now, but it wasn't always that way

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    Ridiculous Reviews of Some of the Best National Parks

    A new book combines illustrations of the parks with laughably bad critiques from disgruntled tourists

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    Cooking Up History with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Associates

    Cooking Up History programs share fresh insights into American culture past and present through the lens...

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    Are You a Friend of Dorothy? Folk Speech of the LGBTQ Community

    A Smithsonian folklorist explain how Dorothy Gale, played by actress Judy Garland in "The Wizard of...

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    Britney Spears and the Age-Old History of Men Policing Women's Trauma

    The singer's conservatorship, on trial this month, recalls the history of hysterectomies, insane asylums, forced contraception,...

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    How to Start Traveling Again and 25 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in July

    Announcing Smithsonian Associates' July offerings—multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours

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    Eight Unusual Roadside Attractions Worth Stopping For

    The stories behind these American road trip pit stops are as curious as the landmarks themselves

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    A New History Changes the Balance of Power Between Ethiopia and Medieval Europe

    For centuries, a Eurocentric worldview disregarded the knowledge and strength of the African empire

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    The Story Behind the Iconic Photo of Gay Dads Kissing

    For the Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist J. Ross Baughman, it was the moment he was positioned for...