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In the Stacks of the Smithsonian Institution Archives October 3, 2014 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries, Photography

Book Tower comprised of Smithsonian Publications at the Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian, February 11, 1927. For this installment of the In the Stacks we visit The Smithsonian Institution Archives for some bookish love. The SI archives are a repository that:  captures, preserves, and makes available to the public the history of this extraordinary Institution. From its inception in 1846 to the present, the records of the history of the Institution—its people, its programs, its research,…

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The Books in Julia Child’s Kitchen June 10, 2011

 In 2001 Julia Child gave her kitchen to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The kitchen, designed by her husband Paul, was where millions of Americans watched as Child worked her culinary magic on her incredibly popular public-television series.  The kitchen bookshelf Christine Klepper, a Museum Studies graduate student at The George Washington University, has been spending some time in the kitchen working with the books. Her recent post on the blog of the…

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They Laughed When I Sat Down To Read Piano 300 October 26, 2009

On March 8, 2000, the National Museum of American History opened Piano 300 in the Smithsonian Institution‘s International Gallery in Washington D.C. Celebrating the tricentennial of the piano’s introduction in Florence by Bartolomeo Cristofori, this outstanding exhibition was seen by more than 330,000 visitors from around the world during its twenty-month run. I’m a sucker for great exhibition catalogs, and that which accompanied Piano 300 is one of the most interesting and visually rewarding that…

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