Inaugurations Past and Present

Posted by zyrcster in Sub-Curation

The Smithsonian Institution has a long tradition with inaugural events, with its museums serving as the sites for many of the inaugural balls, festivities and exhibitions. This year, the Smithsonian Photography Initiative wants your contributions to click! photography changes everything: History in the Making.. You may submit your photographs and stories of the recent US election and inauguration that explore how photography influences our understanding of the world. It’s exciting to that the Smithsonian is on the forefront of encouraging a populist inclusion of modern times in their storied archives. Please, if you have any images and stories, take a trip to their website and submit them!

One of the activities we hold in our Flickr group, Flickr Commons, is a Tag/Research/Explore (TRE) campaign, where we focus on a subcurated collection and ask our members to add descriptive tags to the images, as well as notes and independent research. We also encourage members to present their findings in the group. This weekend, we started a TRE campaign for the Smithsonian’s Inauguration set, which we invited into our group’s photo pool for our member’s ease of access.

On this photo of President Clinton’s inauguration, an astute visitor noted that the photo, listed as taken in 1993, was actually taken in 1997, discovered by cross-referencing images on an archived version of the Clinton presidency’s website. 1997 Clinton Inauguration
Smithsonian Institution
People have also uncovered some trivia.
Did you know that Jackie Kennedy designed her own inauguration gown?
First Ladies Gowns, Jacqueline Kennedy
Smithsonian Institution

Join us in the campaign to add your valuable insights to these treasures!

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One Response to “Inaugurations Past and Present”

  1. hangingtogether.org » Blog Archive » The People and the Commons Says:

    [...] images, and comment on them. For a timely example, look at the entry which brings together all the inauguration-related images from the [...]

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