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Category Archives: 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
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
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
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
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