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Plates from an illustrated book being treated by conservator

Ask a Conservator: Materials Matter

February 3, 2021
Join Alison Reppert Gerber, Preservation Coordinator, Keala Richard, Conservation Technician, and Daniel Viltsek, Book Conservator, to hear about the unique materials that they deal with, watch a book dissection and see how different materials have worked well or haven’t, and learn about the most challenging materials to preserve in our collections.

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: Meet the Archives

January 14, 2021
Join Ellen Alers, Reference Team Leader, Tammy Peters, Chief Archivist, and Jennifer Wright, Archives and Information Management Team Leader, as they share about what can be found in our archival collections, how we collect these materials, and how people all over the world can access these records for all kinds of purposes.
Image of Smithsonian Castle in fog

Secret Smithsonian Nooks & Crannies: Uncovering The Lost Order with Steve Berry

November 19, 2020
Join New York Times bestselling author and Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board emeritus member Steve Berry and his wife Elizabeth Berry to hear how Steve wove the Smithsonian Castle, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the rich history of this storied institution into The Lost Order.
Display of books from the National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: African American History & Culture Unbound

October 22, 2020
Join Shauna Collier, Head Librarian and curator, and Brandee Worsham, Reference Librarian, both of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library, as they talk about the Library, its exhibitions, and the fascinating stories behind them.
Display of books from the Anacostia Community Museum Library

Ask a Librarian Live: History & Culture Edition

October 7, 2020
Join us as librarians from some of our history and culture branches--Elayne Silversmith and Baasil Wilder--share how they support the mission and work of the museums that they’re embedded in and answer your questions.
Ask a Librarian Live: Science Edition

Ask a Librarian Live: Science Edition

September 16, 2020
Join us as librarians from some of our science branches, Ricardo Beteta Bond, Stephen Cox, Bonnie Felts, and Carrie Smith, share insight into how they support scientific research, especially during this pandemic, and answer your questions.
At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: A Colorful Conversation

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: A Colorful Conversation

September 3, 2020
Join Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, Acting Head Librarian at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library, and Susan Brown, Associate Curator and Acting Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as they talk about their co-curated exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.
Ask a Librarians Live: Art Edition

Ask a Librarian Live: Art Edition

August 18, 2020
Join us as librarians from some of our art branches, Anne Evenhaugen, Kathryn Phillips, and Jacqueline Protka, share insight into how they support research and education, especially during this pandemic, and answer your questions.

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: Curious Creatures in the Margins

May 27, 2020
Come along with Allie Alvis, our Special Collections Reference Librarian, and Dr. Kali Holder, a veterinary pathologist at the National Zoo, as they explore marginal monsters in one of our rare books.
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POSTPONED - Earth Optimism Wikipedia Editing Workshop on Endangered Species

March 1, 2020
This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See si.edu/events for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials. Help improve information in Wikipedia about endangered species as part of the Earth Optimism Wikipedia Workshop on Endangered Species hosted by the Smithsonian Libraries (Washington, D.C.) with support from Wikimedia DC.
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CANCELED - Art + Feminism DC 2020 Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

March 1, 2020
Please note that the March 13th and March 20th events scheduled to be held at Smithsonian museums have been canceled. See the event series page for details about other events. The year 2020 marks a turning point in history for American women, and to celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Washington D.C. cultural organizations have joined together to host a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons during Women's History month. This coordinated series of events is in conjunction with the Art+Feminism campaign to address gender gaps in content and participation on the encyclopedia, especially related to art and artists.
ABECEDARIUM Cover

"Abecedarium" Talk and Book Signing

February 27, 2020
Join Lilla Vekerdy, Head of Special Collections, and Morgan Aronson for a discussion of their book Abecedarium: An Adult Coloring Book for Bibliophiles, followed by book signing.
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Music and the Making of Modern Science and Medicine

December 2, 2019
Music and the Making of Modern Science and Medicine Monday, December 2nd, 2019. 5:00 PMS. Dillon Ripley Center Ripley Auditorium
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Elephant Path - Njaia Njoku

November 23, 2019
In honor or our exhibition, Game Change: Elephants from Prey to Preservation, and the National Museum of American History's new exhibition, Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction, please join us for a special film screening followed by a question and answer session.
Signing Bindings

Singing Bindings

November 5, 2019
Join us for a performance of music hidden in plain sight. Musical manuscripts, re-purposed centuries ago as book bindings, will transport us back in time during this evening event devoted to their musicality.

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