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Smithsonian American Art Museum announces Bresler endowment to support curator position

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a gift from noted craft collector and local arts patron Fleur Bresler to create an endowment to support the current curator of craft position at the museum. “Fleur Bresler exemplif...

The Smithsonian Institute Presents "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music"

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Since the end of World War II, Latin music - salsa, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha - has profoundly influenced American popular music. Latino musicians helped shape many traditional genres of music in the United States, including jazz, R&B...

Brent Glass, Director of the National Museum of American History, Announces...

WASHINGTON, DC.- Brent Glass, 64, has announced he will retire from the Smithsonian. He is leaving his position as director of the National Museum of American History effective July 10; he will continue at the Smithsonian as a senior advisor through th...

Civil War Trove Set for Sotheby’s Auction

By: Steve Szkotak, Associated Press RICHMOND (AP).- Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee characterized Virginia's Civil War secession as a revolution and President Abraham Lincoln uncharacteristically scolded a couple for their lack of loyalty to the Union ...

National Museum of American History Embarks on Conservation of Jefferson’s Bible

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is currently performing a specialized conservation treatment to ensure the long-term preservation of Thomas Jefferson’s bible, a small handmade book that provides an inti...

Smithsonian Acquires Lifetouch Donation for Photographic History Collection

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently received a donation of historic materials from Lifetouch Inc. as part of its effort to record the history of photography. Lifetouch, an employee-owned photography com...

John Gossage: The Pond Opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

WASHINGTON, DC.- “John Gossage: The Pond” celebrates the recent gift to the museum of this remarkable photographic series and the re-issue of one of the most influential photography books of the past three decades. John Gossage (b. 1946) phot...

Tourists Visit Museums, Monuments Before Snow

WASHINGON, DC (AP).- Tourists are making last-minute trips to Washington's monuments and museums before they likely get snowed in. Small groups walked up slick steps of the Lincoln Memorial Friday afternoon, and a handful of people stopped by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Meanwhile, visitors streamed through exhibits at the National Museum of American History and other Smithsonian Institution museums along the National Mall. The Smithsonian museums planned to remain open through the end of the day but announced they would be closed Saturday. Some out-of-town visitors say they wanted make the most of their trips and get out before the heavy snow hits. Some say they're worried they might not be able to make it out of the city this weekend.

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