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August 26, 2014

kudos affiliates! september 2014 accomplishments

Filed under: enewsletter feature,General — Aaron Glavas @ 5:58 pm

Congrats to all Affiliates on your recent accomplishments!

Funding
The Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield MA) has been awarded $83,600 in energy incentive grants from the Berkshire Gas Co. and the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. The grants will be used as partial funding for a project that will incorporate energy efficiency measures in the museum’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which is necessary to protect the museum’s collections of art, historical objects and natural specimens.

The Putnam Museum (Davenport IA) has received a $5,000 Cultural Leadership Partners Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the Quad-Cities Jewish Heritage Traveling Exhibit, a project supported by the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities and guest curator, Dr. Art Pitz. The exhibit of photos, graphics and text will trace Jewish history in the Quad-City region and will appear at public libraries and other locations beginning in early 2015.

The Ohio Arts Council awarded sustainability grants of $12,998 to the Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield OH).  They can be used toward advertising, a print newsletter, new lights, art education and exhibition programs.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum (Dallas TX) has received a $20,000 grant to support a traveling exhibit on American prisoners of war. The gift from the UPS Foundation will pay for special educational tours for 640 students and will enable 500 former POWs and their families to see the exhibit for free. “Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience” examines life as a POW from the Civil War through modern times.


Leadership
George Jacob,  former executive director of the Ellen Noel Art Museum (Odessa TX) has accepted the position of President of the International Museum of Art & Science (McAllen TX).

coming up in affiliateland in September 2014

Affiliates are “going back to school” with gusto this September!

VERMONT
Smithsonian Affiliations staff will participate in a ceremony with Senator Patrick Leahy to announce our new affiliation with the Sullivan Museum and History Center, the first Affiliate in Vermont, in Northfield, 9.2.

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new book by National Air and Space Museum educator

MAINE
The Abbe Museum welcomes Tim Grove, educator at the National Air and Space Museum, for a talk and signing of his new book A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History, in Bar Harbor, 9.4.

ALABAMA
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute hosts the Save Our African American Treasures program organized by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Birmingham, 9.6.

FLORIDA
Chef and expert on Native cuisine Richard Hetzler presents a lecture and cooking demonstration at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in St. Augustine, 9.6.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences presents Septembers with the Smithsonian, which includes a public lecture by Craig Saffoe, Curator of Big Cats from the National Zoo, 9.20; and a concert and student workshops with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, in Daytona, 9.27.

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum opens SITES Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America in Clewiston, 9.13.

TEXAS
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science hosts a workshop on Creating Collections with Young Children led by educators from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, in Dallas, 9.11-12.

George Jacob, Executive Director, Ellen Noël Art Museum (Odessa) will give a lecture on the meaning of WPA era murals as part of The Art of Tom Lea: Preserving Our National Heritage symposium hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., 9.24.

visitors enjoy Ramp It Up

Ramp It Up exhibition coming to Florida

ARIZONA
The National Museum of American History collaborates with the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Museum to present the Let’s Do History professional development program for teachers in Tucson, 9.20, 27.

IDAHO
The Idaho Museum of Natural History opens SITES I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story exhibition in Pocatello, 9.20.

PENNSYLVANIA
Renee Anderson, textile conservator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will spend a week at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, in dialogue with staff on conservation projects and future collaboration opportunities, in Carlisle, 9.22-26.

CALIFORNIA
The Riverside Metropolitan Museum presents Smithsonian Week in Riverside featuring talks by experts from the National Museum of the American Indian, 9.24-27.  The Museum also opens Cahuilla Continuum, an exhibition featuring three objects from the National Museum of the American Indian, in Riverside, 9.26

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curator Jeff Post talks gems in Illinois

NATIONWIDE
More than 75 Affiliates will participate in Smithsonian Museum Day Live!, offering free admission to their museums, 9.27. Find a list of participating Affiliates here.

ILLINOIS
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art hosts a talk by National Museum of Natural History curator Jeff Post on A Look Inside the Smithsonian’s Gem & Mineral Collection in Elmhurst, 9.28.

PANAMA
Smithsonian Affiliations staff will attend the opening ceremonies of the new BioMuseo when it opens to the public in Panama, 9.29.

Smithsonian Science How Online Resources

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Smithsonian physical anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner with the skull of a sabertooth during a Smithsonian Science How webcast. Live webcasts are offered every month during the school year on Thursdays at 11 and 2 PM eastern time. Smithsonian photo by Wei Qian.

Smithsonian Science How is back!  Following a successful partnership with six Smithsonian Affiliates earlier this year, the popular webcast has returned with new dates and new topics.  These free, interactive, TV-style webcast programs will introduce middle school students to core science concepts through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts, providing students with positive STEM role models and a connection to science in their lives.  Explore the topics in the schedule by presenting a webcast at your location, using the classroom activities, and connecting the discussion to your own collections.

A schedule of the programs and list of the topics that will be presented is available here.

If you are a staff member at a Smithsonian Affiliate who would like to offer the program, please email us at affiliations@si.edu to sign up and receive resources, including strategies to share this program on social media.  Affiliate partners will be asked for information about their audiences, numbers of attendees and which webcasts will be offered.

2015 Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program- Apply now!

Since 2002, nearly 50 full-time staff members from Affiliate organizations have participated in the Smithsonian Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program (VPP). It’s one of the biggest benefits of being a Smithsonian Affiliate and one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Not only do our Affiliate colleagues get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Smithsonian for two weeks, but the whole Smithsonian Affiliations team gets to meet Affiliate colleagues that we may not normally interact with. It gives all of us an amazing opportunity to network with each other and learn about our individual organizations.

Michelle Beumer from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science worked with the Q?rius team at the National Museum of Natural History in 2014.

Michelle Beumer from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science worked with the Q?rius team at the National Museum of Natural History in 2014.

The 2014 cycle of the VPP welcomed 6 Affiliate staff members who started in early April and wrapped up at the end of August. One of the most frequently asked questions is “do I have to be a curator or a senior-level staff member to participate?” and we always smile and reassure folks that any full-time staff member from an Affiliate organization may apply to participate. This year, we accepted six Affiliate colleagues to the program—a group programs coordinator, an assistant executive director, a director of programs and interpretation, a public programs manager, a digital project archivist, and a curatorial specialist. Everyone was looking to learn something different from the Smithsonian to take back to Affiliate organizations.

Here are a couple examples from 2014 Visiting Professionals that were featured on blogs from the Smithsonian offices each worked with:

Melanie Deer: Learning about Barcode Collections

JA Pryse: The Starting Line

JA Pryse from the Oklahoma Historical Society hard at work in the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

JA Pryse from the Oklahoma Historical Society hard at work in the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Do you have a project you’re working on that could use a little help from the Smithsonian? Is there a skill or subject matter you’d like to learn a little more about? We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Smithsonian Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program. The deadline is November 28, 2015.

Apply online and view the application process here.

If you have questions about the program, the application process or past visiting professional projects, contact Elizabeth Bugbee. If you would like to bounce potential project ideas for a future application, contact your National Outreach Manager.

new reading list from Smithsonian Books

Filed under: enewsletter feature,General — Tags: , , , — Jennifer Brundage @ 9:26 am

Do any of these topics sound interesting to you?

- the story of the Mars Rover and the persistence, dedication, and unrelenting curiosity that led to its successful trip  

- The history of promises, diplomacy, and betrayals involved in treaties between the United States government and Native Nations

- The tales of politics, genealogy, economics, disaster, and triumph that are told through stamps

- Iconic fossil specimens that illustrate the evolution of life on Earth

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One of the new books (and exhibitions) coming from the Smithsonian this fall.

If so, take a look at Smithsonian Books new seasonal catalogs for these and more ideas for public programs. In the course of this year, Smithsonian Affiliates have hosted over two dozen curators, scientists, folklorists and other Smithsonian experts talking about their research or new publications through lectures, workshops and family days at Affiliate sites. Hosting a talk and signing around a new publication is a straightforward, informative and timely way to bring the Smithsonian to your neighborhood.

In their online publication catalog, Smithsonian Books shares information on the content of each book and brief biographies of each author. Smithsonian Affiliations staff can help give feedback and context, and put you in touch with possible speakers and additional related content such as online educational resources or exhibitions.

Consider it your syllabus for the fall and spring! And don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Spotlighting iconic specimens from Smithsonian collections

August 25, 2014

Affiliates in the news! September edition

Congrats to these Affiliates making news! Each month we highlight Affiliate-Smithsonian and Affiliate-Affiliate collaborations making headlines.  If you have a clipping highlighting a collaboration with the Smithsonian or with a fellow Affiliate you’d like to have considered for the Affiliate blog, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee.

Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Cody, Wyoming)
True West Magazine Names Cody Firearms Museum in Annual Top Ten Museums List
“The Cody Firearms Museum dedication to excellence, and their mission of preserving and interpreting our great western history for all generations, is inspiring,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “They keep the Old West alive.”

HistoryMiami (Miami, Florida)
Exhibit seeking items related to exodus out of Cuba
A new initiative by HistoryMiami and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is aiming to capture the experiences of both Cuban balseros, or rafters, as well as those of Cuban exiles in general: How they traveled here and what they found upon arrival.

This baby olinguito was found in a nest 40 feet above the ground in a large dead bromeliad tree. (Photo by Juan Rendon taken at the Mesenia-Paramillo Nature Reserve in Colombia, courtesy Saving Species)

This baby olinguito was found in a nest 40 feet above the ground in a large dead bromeliad tree. (Photo by Juan Rendon taken at the Mesenia-Paramillo Nature Reserve in Colombia, courtesy Saving Species)

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Crowdsourcing the Olinguito
“It’s kind of like looking at pictures of your growing child,” said Roland Kays, a zoologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & N.C. State University. “You can see our knowledge about the species grow with every picture sent to us.”

San Diego Air & Space Museum (San Diego, California)
SD Air & Space Museum names eight new Hall of Famers
Joe Engle, Fitz Fulton, Bill Boeing Jr., John (Jack) Dailey, Roger Schaufele, Bessie Coleman, the Ninety-Nines and WD-40 will be inducted Nov. 1 in a celebration at the museum’s Pavilion of Flight in Balboa Park.

Union Station Kansas City (Kansas City, Missouri)
New Science City attraction: Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab designed for inventive young minds
The rejuvenation of Science City at Union Station continues with the opening Tuesday of Spark!Lab, an interactive area intended to inspire kids to be inventive using simple materials. The idea is the property of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and is only the second one in the United States outside Washington, D.C.

 

Ten-year-olds Peyton Carter of Kansas City (left) and Ethan Guo of Overland Park worked together together to build a course for a marble to roll along and make sounds while it moved. JILL TOYOSHIBA/The Kansas City Star

Ten-year-olds Peyton Carter of Kansas City (left) and Ethan Guo of Overland Park worked together together to build a course for a marble to roll along and make sounds while it moved. JILL TOYOSHIBA/The Kansas City Star

Young scientists get hands-on learning experience at new Spark!Lab
Hands-on learning is one of the best ways to learn. Now there’s a Spark!Lab dedicated to doing just that. There are only three in the world. Lucky for metro residents, one is located right here in Kansas City at Union Station.

National Atomic Testing Museum (Las Vegas, Nevada)
The nuclear story told at National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas
In December 2011, the museum was designated as a national museum and is today affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. As part of the designation, the museum has shifted its focus from a regional museum to a national museum, dedicated to telling the country’s history of nuclear development.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cincinnati’s Freedom Center sheds its chains of doubt
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center marks the 10th anniversary of its opening Sunday, celebrating a decade in which it survived derision, doubts and debt that nearly shut it down.

Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
Berkshire Museum To Host Smithsonian Spark!Lab
This fall, the Berkshire Museum will become one of only five sites in the United States to host a new kind of innovative science learning exhibit developed by the Smithsonian Institute

Birthplace of Country Music Museum (Bristol, Tennessee)
Going Places: Birthplace of Country Music Museum definitely worth the trip to Bristol
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the BCMM is dedicated to telling the story of the Bristol Sessions, the first commercially-successful recordings of country music.

The Birthplace of Country Museum Museum in Bristol, Tennessee

The Birthplace of Country Museum Museum in Bristol, Tennessee

Read:At The Cradle Of Country Music, A Monument You Can Hear As Well As See

Listen: NPR Weekend Edition Saturday

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is opening in Bristol, Virginia this weekend. Nashville may be the mecca of this music today, but as Johnny Cash himself put it, Bristol was the site of the ‘Big Bang’ that led to the universe of country music we know today.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum set to open
This Smithsonian-affiliated museum will open in a facility designed to engage the community regularly through programming and exhibits and is expected to draw visitors from around the world.

Grand Opening Of The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum In Bristol Is This Weekend
The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music through interactive, multi-media exhibits, film, and more. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as “The single most important event in the history of country music.” Also known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens in Bristol This Weekend
“The opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is something that our community has been looking forward to for many years, and we take pride in giving our community something that celebrates our rich music heritage,” Leah Ross, the museum’s executive director, told Kingsport’s Times News.

Saving Our African American Treasures. Photo credit: Michael R. Barnes

Saving Our African American Treasures. Photo credit: Michael R. Barnes

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama)
Smithsonian and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to Present “Save Our African American Treasures” Sept. 6
“We are extremely proud of bringing ‘Save Our African American Treasures’ to Birmingham and of our partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute,” said Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian museum.

July 30, 2014

Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Drive Month

Filed under: enewsletter feature,Museum Day — Tags: — Jennifer Brundage @ 3:12 pm

More than half of our 194 Smithsonian Affiliates participate in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live, an annual program which will take place this year on September 27th.  If you haven’t registered yet, please email: museumday@si.edu.

Many of those Affiliates offer the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program as a benefit to their museum members.  This year, we’re launching a Smithsonian Membership Drive in the month of September to provide Affiliates with ways to add new members to their membership programs.  We hope the following toolbox will help you turn visitors into new members!

  • Host an open house or behind-the-scenes tour of your collections and end the tour with a table with membership materials and staff to help visitors sign up.
  • Highlight artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian: we can help with language and images- use this information in an enewsletter with the Smithsonian Affiliate logo identifying your organization as a Smithsonian Affiliate.  Include a link to how they can become dual members of the Smithsonian and your organization.
  • Highlight upcoming Smithsonian programs and exhibitions- make the connection between the Smithsonian and your members.  (Email us if you would like to plan an Smithsonian collaboration- that’s what we’re here for!)
  • Screen Smithsonian Channel programming at an evening event; we can send free Smithsonian Magazines that you can give away  to visitors who sign up for membership.
  • Build the membership drive around already scheduled events, and host a new member raffle for a free Smithsonian membership (a one year membership courtesy of Smithsonian Affiliations.)
  • Tap into a different audience with a Scavenger Hunt, complete with Smithsonian objects that have been 3D printed.  Learn more here.
  • Set up a photo booth for new members to take a picture and use a Smithsonian Affiliate hashtag to share on social media.  On Museum Day, share these on a backdrop #smithsonianaffiliate or #museumdaylive !
  • Use our new Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program logo on your materials.  Contact us to get the files.

We will send out a Smithsonian souvenir prize package to each Smithsonian Affiliate that sells more than 50 Smithsonian dual memberships during September.  If you sell more than any other Affiliate, your organization will receive a special program courtesy of Smithsonian Affiliations!

Want to know more about offering the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program?  Here are the benefits you can offer to your members:

  • Smithsonian Magazine (one year subscription) or Air & Space Magazine (six issues)
  • 10% discount on all Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Travel and study tour opportunities from Smithsonian Journeys
  • Free admission to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City
  • A personalized Smithsonian-Affiliate branded membership card
  • 10% discount on all IMAX tickets at the Smithsonian
  • iPad App for Smithsonian Magazine subscribers
  • Reciprocal Membership to other Smithsonian Affiliate members, if your organization has signed up to participate. For a full list of Smithsonian Affiliates participating in the Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Membership program, visit: https://affiliations.si.edu/docs/reciprocal-members-2.24.14.pdf

Would you like to chat?  In the next two weeks, Smithsonian Affiliations staff will be setting up regional calls to discuss details for the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Drive Month.  We will follow up with an eAlert with dates and times.

For more information on the program and the membership, please contact your National Outreach Manager, or Christina DiMeglio Lopez, dimeglioc@si.edu.

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