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Archive for September, 2012

North American Premiere of “Roads of Arabia” Unearths Hidden History of Ancient Arabian Peninsula

Exhibition at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Opens Nov. 17, U.S. Tour to Follow September 28, 2012 Ancient sources describe the legendary Arabian city of Gehrra as unmatched in wealth and importance. Located in the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, the city attained mythical status in the ancient world, but its exact location was unknown until […]

Smithsonian Latino Center Announces Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

Latin American Holiday Is Celebrated Online September 28, 2012 The Smithsonian Latino Center announces its fourth annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival in its Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. This three-day online event will feature activities that celebrate this popular Latin American holiday. Day […]

Benishek Announcement – U.S. Service Academy Information Sessions

   U.S. Service Academy Information Sessions Attention Parents and Students:   I will be hosting a public information session for interested high school students and parents highlighting the U.S. Service Academy application process on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00am to 11:00am EST at Camp Grayling.    The information session is open to all interested […]

Peering to the Edge of a Black Hole

September 27, 2012 Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measured the black hole’s “point of no return”—the closest distance that matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black […]

Photo opportunity: Unveiling of Celia Cruz’s portrait by Robert Weingarten at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during Hispanic Heritage Month

What:  Photo opportunity: Unveiling of Celia Cruz’s portrait by Robert Weingarten at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during Hispanic Heritage Month When:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 9:30am Where:  National Museum of American History 14th Street and Madison Drive N.W. Note: Enter via Madison Drive entrance The National Museum of American History in […]

Norse Voyages and Inuit Mythology Merge in Contemporary Art Exhibition

Inuvialuit Sculptor Abraham Anghik Ruben Showcases Works of Stone and Bronze September 27, 2012 The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presents “Arctic Journeys/ Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben,” an exhibition that explores parallels between the ancient arctic cultures of the Viking/Norse and Inuit through bold sculptures of stone, bronze and […]

Smithsonian Hosts Educators at Teachers’ Night Sept. 28

Activities, Hands-on Demonstrations, Education Displays and Tours Celebrate 20 Years of Smithsonian Teachers’ Night September 26, 2012 The annual Smithsonian Teachers’ Night is Friday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, collectively known as the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The […]

Press preview for “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

What:  Press preview for “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” When:  Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 10:00am Where:  Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Seventh Street at Independence Avenue S.W. “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” is the first major survey of the work of Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei in the United States. It […]

National Postal Museum Launches Digital Memory Book

Captures Oral Histories from Current and Former Postal Employees September 26, 2012 The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announces the launch of its new digital memory book, People and the Post (www.memorybook.si.edu). This site will collect and publish stories from current and former employees of the U.S. Postal Service (formerly the Post Office Department). The media-rich […]

USGS Releases Reports on Groundwater-Quality Sampling Near Pavillion, Wyo.

The U.S. Geological Survey is making available two reports related to groundwater-quality, quality-control, and well yield data for two monitoring wells near Pavillion, Wyo. The first USGS report describes the sampling and analysis plan that was developed to collect groundwater data. A second report provides the raw data and information from the groundwater-quality samples.  USGS […]

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