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2014-02-06 12:24:33

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has received a $10 million gift from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation on behalf of longtime trustee and board chair Barbara Mandel and her husband Morton. The gift is the largest in the history of the museum and will support the new Cooper-Hewitt, which opens in fall 2014 with 60 percent more gallery space after a major renovation of the historic Carnegie Mansion...

2014-02-05 08:27:45

National Museum of American History Hosts Day of Remembrance Event WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Museum of American History will host an unveiling ceremony marking the return of the Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal to Washington, D.C., after its seven-city national tour in 2013. The ceremony, held to commemorate the Day of Remembrance, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. on the third floor in the east wing of the museum. Following...

2014-01-23 12:26:45

New Display Tells One Holocaust Survivor's Story through Personal Possessions WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will open a new exhibition, "Camilla's Purse," Jan. 24 in the Albert Small Documents Gallery. The exhibition examines the life of Holocaust survivor, Camilla Gottlieb, through a display of letters, official documents and personal possessions. The records, collected and secured by Gottlieb in a black...

2014-01-22 16:20:45

Gift to pay for design and installation of permanent exhibitions DETROIT, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors Foundation will become a founding donor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture through a $1 million grant. GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard presented the gift to the Museum Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch III at the Washington Auto Show. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140122/DE50995 ) "GM and the GM...

2014-01-08 08:25:07

2014 Also Marks National Museum of American History's 50th Anniversary and Centennial of Its First Ladies Exhibition WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will commemorate several major milestones in 2014: the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the country's most famous flag, and the moment when it signified the survival of the young nation in 1814; the centennial of the First Ladies exhibition at the...

2013-12-31 20:20:29

"Ubuhle Women...recognizes the powerful cultural currents and back stories from the artists as central to their every stitch. ...Art is often what happens when our life experiences become too big for our words," notes Lonnae O'Neal, Washington Post, Dec. 27, 2013 WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The intersection of artistic ingenuity and women's empowerment is explored in two new exhibitions, "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" (main gallery) and "Home Sewn:...

2013-12-30 23:00:54

Cold-sensitive mangrove forests have expanded dramatically along Florida’s Atlantic Coast as the frequency of killing frosts has declined, according to a new study based on 28 years of satellite data from the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. College Park, Md (PRWEB) December 30, 2013 Cold-sensitive mangrove forests have expanded dramatically along Florida’s Atlantic Coast as the frequency of killing frosts has declined,...

2013-12-20 08:25:07

First Collaboration by the Smithsonian on a Video Game SEATTLE, Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- You can't have the actual Hope Diamond, but you can take off on an adventure to save it in Big Fish's "Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond." In this first collaboration by the Smithsonian on a video game, Big Fish worked with the world's largest museum and research complex to create the 6(th) installment of its popular Hidden Expedition® series. In conjunction with the National Museum of...

2013-12-10 08:36:33

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." --Albert Einstein CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a global technology leader in imaging solutions for healthcare, life and materials science and consumer electronics products, is partnering with the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, to create Q?rius (pronounced "Curious"), a new hub of scientific activity and education based at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural...

2013-12-05 12:25:51

National Museum of American History Goes Nuts for Marketing Icon WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An early 20th-century Mr. Peanut figure will come to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as part of an initiative to tell the story of American marketing. Made of cast-iron, the figure adorned a Planters' factory fence post and was donated to the museum by Kraft Foods. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131205/DC28123) The brand icon was...