Category Archives: Smithsonian

Wordless Wednesday: Smithsonian Castle

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Spencer Fullerton Baird remains with Smithsonian

Walking through the Smithsonian Castle gardens, I spotted a statue of Spencer Fullerton Baird that towered overhead. Who was this man? Baird (1832-1887) was the Smithsonian’s second secretary and a pioneer in American natural history. He worked at the Smithsonian … Continue reading

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Museum of African American History and Culture

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Museum of African American History and Culture

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A walk through the African American museum

I took a “quick” two-hour tour of the new Museum of African American History and Culture. Here are a few observations. The building is beautiful and I now understand what they wanted to do with the unusual exterior by allowing … Continue reading

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Museum of African American History and Culture

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The Concert makes you stop

I’ll admit to not knowing much about art, but I know what I like and “The Concert” by Dutch artist Gerrit Van Honthorst made me stop, sit and ponder. The 1623 oil painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Don’t mess with a T-Rex

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5 Must See Smithsonian Exhibits

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Wordless Wednesday: Smithsonians exhibits high and low

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Wordless Wednesday: Space Station at Air and Space

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Wordless Wednesday: Apollo 11 capsule

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Wordless Wednesday: Not everything’s alive at National Zoo

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I joined Panda Nation

Needing to kill time one day and near the National Zoo, I thought why not drop in. It had been nearly 30 years since I strolled the grounds – where does the time go? — but it was much like … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Waterman Observatory

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Smithsonian display says Hillary wouldn’t be first woman prez

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Allies in War at American Indian museum

War makes strange bedfellows. Allies in War, Partners in Peace is a bronze statue by Edward E. Hlavka that is in the American Indian museum. Gen. George Washington is joined by Oneida diplomat Oskanondonha and Polly Cooper, an Oneida Indian … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Smithsonian of American Indian

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Oh the things you see in Smithsonians

The upside of January when the touring season is slow and we’re looking for something to do is seeing the Smithsonian museums. The museums are largely empty and I recently found a parking space two straight days within sight of … Continue reading

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