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2013-08-13 12:24:05

Company Pledges $5 Million to "American Enterprise" Exhibition and New Conference Center RACINE, Wis., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announced a $5 million donation by SC Johnson in support of the renovation of the building's 120,000-square-foot west exhibition wing. The updated wing will feature new exhibitions, program spaces and performance venues. SC Johnson's funding will support the "American Enterprise" exhibition and the...

2013-08-08 20:20:11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of Italy's greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex on the Flight of Birds," will be exhibited at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for 40 days this fall, from Sept. 13 until Oct. 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, shows da Vinci's interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles...

2013-06-24 16:20:36

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum announced that it will receive a $6 million donation from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation to establish an endowment for its Public Observatory Program. It is the largest donation ever given to the museum for science education programming. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130624/DC37426) The gift is in memory of Phoebe Waterman Haas, the grandmother of the foundation's...

2013-06-22 16:20:07

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation Celebrates Innovation and Creativity in Skateboarding at Innoskate Event WASHINGTON, June 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The skateboarding collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will more than double in size during a special ceremony June 22 in which Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen and other leading skateboarding figures will donate artifacts from their careers. The donation ceremony kicks off "Innoskate," an...

2013-06-21 12:21:49

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) and its subsidiary, Otis Elevator Co., announced they will donate eight Otis escalators, valued at $2 million, to the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction on the National Mall. As the primary vehicle for transporting visitors, the new Otis NCE escalator units will help the museum achieve its goal of becoming the first "green" building and the...

2013-06-19 16:24:45

International Awards Exhibition at Smithsonian Presents Award-Winning Photographs Printed With Latest Epson Professional Technology LONG BEACH, Calif., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 2013 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition. As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the second consecutive year for the ongoing print exhibition, Epson's professional printing technology enables...

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2013-06-10 07:59:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it comes to the Wright Bros, history books have it wrong, according to the Connecticut state government. Orville and Wilbur Wright are historically known as the first to successfully take powered flight, taking their Wright Flyer into the skies around Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. However, the Connecticut Senate on Wednesday (June 5) passed a bill that essentially strips that title away from the...

2013-06-06 16:23:12

NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Caroline Baumann has been named director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, effective June 16. Since joining Cooper-Hewitt in 2001, she has held many leadership positions at the museum, most recently as acting director. Baumann will oversee the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. In this role, she will strengthen Cooper-Hewitt's reputation to educate, inspire and empower...

2013-06-06 12:24:26

Former YES Network Chief Operating Officer to be Responsible for Achieving Full Value for the Company's Broadcast and Cable Networks from Distributors NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ray Hopkins has been named President of Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation, it was announced today by Joseph Ianniello, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Corporation, to whom he will report. In this newly created role, Hopkins will work closely with Ianniello to secure new retransmission...

2013-05-15 08:27:03

"Yoga: The Art of Transformation" Opens Fall 2013, Supported by the Museum's Inaugural Crowdfunding Campaign WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yoga is a global phenomenon, practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight or better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga's rich diversity and historical transformations. Opening Oct. 19 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, "Yoga: The Art of Transformation"--the world's first exhibi­tion about the discipline's visual...