ABC News: Smithsonian museums collecting White House protest signs to preserve slice of history

ABC News: Smithsonian museums collecting White House protest signs to preserve slice of history. “Several museums moved to preserve a slice of history in Washington on Wednesday by taking steps to keep some of the signs protesters strung along a fence near the White House after the death of George Floyd.”

Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.”

Slate: The Smithsonian Archive Brings the Breadth of Black Womanhood Into View

Slate: The Smithsonian Archive Brings the Breadth of Black Womanhood Into View. “The archives present a kaleidoscope of the reality of Black womanhood: These women were musicians like jazz vocalist Maxine Sullivan; playwrights like Elizabeth Shearer White, known for her production of Othello featuring an all-Black cast; milliners like Mae Reeves; and athletes like golfer Ethel Funches. They registered voters, wrote letters to their loved ones and studied a variety of skills at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth in Bordentown, New Jersey. Some joined Masonic societies, worked fields, sold pralines, and hit jigs at the Cotton Club.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Free Images for Broader Public Use

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Free Images for Broader Public Use. “The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian.”

Spotlight on Collections: Expanding Both What We Know and What’s Available Online (Smithsonian)

Smithsonian: Spotlight on Collections: Expanding Both What We Know and What’s Available Online. “The National Museum of the American Indian has taken a major step toward making our collections more widely available: We have posted all of the museum’s ethnographic and contemporary art collections to the Smithsonian’s online collections search center. Last week, records for some 38,000 objects and sets of objects were available on the search site. Now, more than 122,000 records are available.”

Joplin Globe: Area students partner with Smithsonian for nationwide research project

Joplin Globe: Area students partner with Smithsonian for nationwide research project. “The project, called Snapshot USA, is a partnership between the museum and one university from each of the 50 states with students capturing photographs and collecting research for a national wildlife database. The goal is to analyze nationwide trends in mammal communities, as well as the influence of human beings on nature.”

Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian Launches New Online Materials Based on Accurate and Comprehensive Native Peoples History

Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian Launches New Online Materials Based on Accurate and Comprehensive Native Peoples History. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is looking to change the narrative about American Indians in classrooms, transforming how teachers are teaching history to achieve a more inclusive, accurate and complete education. As part of its national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360 Degrees (NK360°), the National Museum of the American Indian has launched new online educational resources about the Pawnee Treaties, the Cherokee Nation Removal and the Inka Empire that will expand teachers and students’ knowledge and understanding of the contributions and experiences of Native Peoples of the Western Hemisphere.”

Smithsonian: Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit On Display at National Air and Space Museum for 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Smithsonian: Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit On Display at National Air and Space Museum for 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. “The effort to protect and display Armstrong’s suit also included sharing it with a wider audience. The museum and the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office 3-D scanned the suit, helmet and gloves. Through laser-arm scanning, structured light, photogrammetry and medical CT scanning, anyone in the world with an internet connection can now peek inside the suit and take a guided tour of its many complex components. The team has also made the data available so the public can download the high-resolution 3-D model for use in AR/VR platforms, animation software and 3-D printing. The scan data and a tour of the 3-D model are now available.”

CNN: Smithsonian interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings depicting their time in US custody

CNN: Smithsonian interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings depicting their time in US custody. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has inquired about obtaining disturbing drawings by migrant children that depict figures with sad faces behind bars.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Transcription of Audio Collections

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Transcription of Audio Collections. “The Smithsonian Transcription Center now invites members of the public to transcribe digitized audio collections from across the Smithsonian. The program, ‘TC Sound,’ is the first federal crowdsourcing platform to offer audio transcription projects to its volunteers. Visual film transcription will debut in the fall.”

Washington Post: The Smithsonian is digitizing political and military posters — 18,000 of them

Washington Post: The Smithsonian is digitizing political and military posters — 18,000 of them. “…the National Museum of American History is now finishing a massive project to digitize 18,000 of its old political and military posters to make them easily accessible and to expand awareness of figures and issues long vanished from the headlines. [Kelly] Manno and [Amelia] Brookins, both 26, and colleague Thomas English, 31, have been working since December in a makeshift photography studio in the museum, cranking out more than 200 digitized images a day.” The posters are expected to be online by late summer.

Google Blog: Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality

Google Blog: Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality. “Today, on the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s maiden voyage, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture have teamed up to bring visitors into the orbiter like never before. Two of the astronauts who helped deliver Hubble to orbit as part of STS-31—Maj Gen Charlie Bolden and Dr. Kathy Sullivan—take us on a 360 journey inside Discovery at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.”

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the congressionally approved donation of the Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, the 6,125 numismatic items that comprise the collection are being digitally imaged for online access.”

Smithsonian Institution Archives: An Intern’s Guide on How to Digitize a Field Book

Smithsonian Institution Archives: An Intern’s Guide on How to Digitize a Field Book . “What is a field book and how do you digitize one? These were the first two questions I asked when I came on board at the Archives as the Summer 2018 Field Book Project Digitization Intern. During the course of my internship, I discovered the answer to both questions and learned a lot about digitization practices and standards at the Smithsonian.”