Past Events


#FantasticObjects Tweet Up

August 7, 2015
Join us for a Tweet Up with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Libraries!

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910

July 1, 2015
Opening July 2015 in the Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery in the National Museum of American History
The Curious Mister Catesby

The Curious Mister Catesby

April 14, 2015
Date: April 14 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History

Questions for an Open Cultural Institution: Thinking Together in Provocative Places

February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 26th 11:00am-12:00pm S. Dillon Ripley Center, Lecture Hall Free and open to the public  

21st Annual Dibner Library Lecture

December 11, 2014
Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries Cordially invites you to attend the 21st Dibner Library Lecture  

"The Lost Bird Project"

November 20, 2014
Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador Duck, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape and in our collective memory.  Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world by permanent

Lecture and Book Signing by Christopher Cokinos

October 28, 2014
Martha's Flight into the Future: Heresy as Hope

"From Billions to None" Film Showing & Lecture

September 22, 2014
The film, "From Billions to None," will have the power to move minds. It will be the strongest element in the 2014 centennial effort to galvanize awareness of human-caused species declines. The trends, documented by careful research in the sea and in the wild, are overwhelming.

Book Signing and Reading with Susan Stockdale

September 6, 2014
Free program. Suggested ages: 12 and younger.

Echoes of Their Wings: The Passenger Pigeon and its Legacy

June 24, 2014
Numbering in the billions, the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America if not the world. As late as 1860, a single flight near Toronto likely exceeded a billion birds and maybe three billion.

Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?

March 10, 2014
Open Access (OA), like every other publishing or distribution model, carries with it both benefits and costs.

Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

January 15, 2014

Adopt-a-Book Evening

January 9, 2014
Please join us for our annual Adopt-a-Book event!  Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.  The Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW

20th Annual Dibner Library Lecture

December 12, 2013
The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to present the 20th Annual Dibner Library Lecture: 

Understanding Asian Papers and their Applications in Paper Conservation

October 9, 2013
This unique three day workshop for up to 12 people provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the history of East Asian papers (Chinese, Korean and Japanese) and their applications in Wes