Wayne Clough: Smithsonian Forever, August 17, 2009
The Smithsonian Institution’s brand-new Secretary, Wayne Clough, discusses the prospects of the 163-year-old largest museum and research complex in the world — including the long-term future of science and education.
Heard around The Commons on Flickr:
- Flickr Commons: It was a year ago…, a summary of the National Media Museum’s first year in The Commons. “100,000s of views, 1000s of comments, and 100s of arguments over whether they were fake or real, spooky or not. “
- The National Media Museum has podcasts! Check out their interview with the screenwriter and executive producer of ITV’s new adaptation of Wuthering Heights, held prior to a preview screening of the film.
- 1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist at the Brooklyn Museum for September 2009: Duke Riley.
- They also release a nifty application, BklynMuse, a community-powered recommendation system for the objects that are on display there!
- Read the Wall Street Journal’s take on “state-of-the-art museum tours”; they talk to Shelley Bernstein at the Brooklyn Museum. The New York Post weighs in, too.
- artdaily praises the new exhibition at the Getty Museum, Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference.
- The Chicago Tribune writes about the acquisition of lynching victim Emmett Till’s casket by the Smithsonian Institution.
- The SI’s National Museum of American History launched a new exhibition earlier this year, On the Water: Stories from Maritime America. They also have a Flickr group for your images of maritime activities across the United States of America.
- SI experiments with ShareTabs, a quick way to share links.
- That Picture Looks Great On You: Marvin Heiferman, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, talks about the new ubiquity of photography.
- Photos, Guns, Africa, Stanley, & Kalulu, Catherine Shteynberg, Smithsonian Photography Initiative — a story straight out of The Commons.
- Bamboo, bamboo, bamboo bamboobamboobamboobam.
- Reading War and Peace, some advice on reading this classic literature, on the New York Public Library’s blog.
- The Library of Congress announces their September film series.
- Powerhouse Museum announces their Common Ground meetup in October!
- The U.S. National Park Service celebrated their birthday on August 25th. If you couldn’t get to a park this weekend, enjoy Yosemite — it’s in The Commons!
- The State Library of Queensland, Australia, hosted Commandant Henry Miller’s descendant, Quentin Miller, at Redcliffe, which was the first European settlement in Queensland, established as the Moreton Bay Penal Colony in September 1824.
- The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story, by the Australian War Memorial.
- Oregon State University Archives reports on the 6-month closure of the The Southern Oregon Historical Society. :””(
- They also post a nifty history of Mazamas, a climbing club in Portland, Oregon.
- And! They announce their digitized book, Oregon, a story of progress and development, together with an account of the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition to be held in Portland, Oregon, from June first to October fifteenth, nineteen hundred and five, available on ScholarsArchive. Dang, Tiah, that’s a mouthful!
Monday Morning Mayhem!
Burrowing Owl Babies, August 28, 2009
Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo
The Smithsonian asked last week if the tweeples following them on Twitter could identify these newborns. They did!
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks Aug. 2—the first hatching of this species at the Zoo in 30 years. The chicks’ parents, a 5-year-old male and 4-year-old female, have been at the Zoo since June 2006.
The last time burrowing owls successfully bred at the National Zoo was in the late 1970s. A recent population-management plan recommended breeding the Zoo’s current adult pair. The chicks are with their parents in the Zoo’s Bird House. Currently, there is semi-transparent filter paper covering their exhibit, providing the chicks with privacy. As they become more comfortable with their new surroundings, the paper will slowly be removed.