affiliates in the news: week of dec. 28

Congratulations to these Affiliates in the news!

San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego, CA)
Natural History Museum now LEED certified

Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA)
The Morris Museum of Art Embarks Upon Reinstallation of Its Permanent Collection
Museum making changes to showcase art

Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville, VA)
Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s “bug guy” to leave for Virginia post

 North Carolina Transportation Museum (Spencer, NC)
Museum display: The World Aloft 1908

Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland, CA)
Allen: Chabot explores “Tales of Maya Skies” in new exhibit

Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (Miami, FL)
Cintas Foundation Program at FIU Frost Art Museum Announces 2010 Competition for Coveted Visual Arts Fellowship

Orange County Regional History Center (Orlando, FL)
Orange County Exhibit Depicts 12,000 Years of Fla. History

The Air Zoo (Portage, MI)
Air Zoo’s free-admission promotion nearly doubles attendance for 2009

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Elmhurst, IL)
Golden chessboard one of exhibit’s gems
Lizzadro gem of a museum

Frontiers of Flight Museum (Dallas, TX)
The Dallas Morning News Robert Miller column: New executives taking over at Frontiers of Flight Museum

affiliates in the news: week of Dec 14

Congratulations to these Affiliate news-makers!

Discovery Science Center
(Santa Ana, California)
Science center unveiling huge globe

Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum (Cartersville, Georgia)
New museum nets 100,000 visitors to planetarium

Rubin Museum of Art (New York, New York)
NOW OPEN! Visions of the Cosmos

Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville, Virginia)
VMNH names Ohio scientist to head local museum

Virginia Museum of Natural History trustees appoint new executive director

Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Georgia Aquarium exhibit explores world of ocean predators

affiliates in the news: week of Dec 7

Congratulations to these Affiliates making headlines this week! Do you have a link to a great story about an Affiliate? Email us and let us know-

National World War II Museum (New Orleans, Louisiana)
National World War II Museum in New Orleans opens $60 million addition

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (Spokane, Washington)
It’s easy to get jazzed up about MAC’s new exhibit

New York State Museum (Albany, New York)
Eastern coyotes big enough to take down deer

North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, North Carolina)
North Carolina Humanities Council Invests $59,581 in Eight Cultural Projects Statewide

Discovery Science Center (Santa Ana, California)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science on a Sphere is Centerpiece of U.S. Center in Copenhagen. International SphereCast Set for Tuesday, December 8

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
SOUTH SHORE INSIDER: Ellie Donovan, executive director of Plimoth Plantation
History, high-tech woven into jacket. Museum reproduces 17th-century embroidery

Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (Miami, Florida)
Cintas Foundation Program at FIU Frost Art Museum Announces 2010 Competition for Coveted Visual Arts Fellowship

Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science (Tallahassee, Florida)
Brogan Museum Names Endowment for Jack Crow

affiliates in the news!

Congratulations to all the Affiliates making headlines last week!

New York State Museum (Albany, New York)
‘Coywolves’ a product of evolution
Fishers, the newest predator in the CNY wildlife scene

Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, Montana)
MSU study explores violent world of raptors
How Raptors Use Their Deadly Talons
Videos, claws reveal how raptors use talons. Study: Killing methods include dismemberment, squeezing prey to death

Union Station Kansas City (Kansas City, Missouri)
How 2 cities revived old train stations: Kansas City and Nashville could be models for Detroit

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, North Carolina)
SECU Supports Museum of Natural Sciences
State Employees’ Credit Union Members Promote Statewide Education Effort with Support of SECU Daily Planet

Greensboro Historical Museum (Greensboro, North Carolina)
NC Finally Recognizes Pre-Woolworth Sit-Ins In 1957

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Baltimore, Maryland)
Lewis Museum to honor ‘rebel music.’ Event Friday linked to Montgomery bus boycott exhibit.

American Textile History Museum (Lowell, Massachusetts)
ATHM becomes Smithsonian Affiliate

Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyoming)
BBHC Receives Second Grant to See and Hear Yellowstone

mark your calendars in 2010

calendar_icon-300x3003Just a few important dates Smithsonian Affiliations staff wants to make sure are on your calendars in 2010. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on these great opportunities in the coming New Year!

Recommend an intern at your museum for the Affiliations Intern Partnership Program, deadline for summer 2010 is January 15, 2010. There’s no better way to help a student build their resume and get hands-on experience at the same time! Past students have worked on projects ranging from festival planning with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to collections care at the National Postal Museum. Read one past intern’s story here. Email Elizabeth Bugbee,, for more details.

Stop by and say hello if you’re in Los Angeles for the AAM conference May 23 – 26, 2010. Smithsonian Affiliations will be hosting a reception at the Japanese American National Museum May 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet up with Smithsonian colleagues, celebrate our L.A. Affiliates, and network with each other.

Further your professional development by applying for the Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program, deadline for Fall 2010 is June 4, 2010. Looking to research collections for an upcoming exhibition at your museum? Need advice on exhibition design? Or do you want to know how to evaluate what visitors think of your museum? We have it all at the Smithsonian! With 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo, there’s an expert at the Smithsonian waiting to collaborate with you. Email Elizabeth Bugbee,, for more details.

Join your fellow Affiliate and Smithsonian colleagues at the Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference, June 13- 15, 2010. We’re tackling Grand Challenges together this year and want you to be part of it. As the Smithsonian implements its new Strategic Plan, be the first to see how you can take part. And, back by popular demand will be Funders Speed Dating. Keep checking your inbox for more conference updates!

what’s new at SITES

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Be the first to host these new interdisciplinary exhibitions from SITES: 

X-ray Vision:  Fish Inside Out

an image from X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out

an image from X-ray Vision

 Go Fish! 

Hook visitors of all ages with a show that celebrates the perfect marriage of art and science with spectacular, one-of-a-kind x-radiographs–X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out {formerly titled Ichthyo}. 

Laid out in evolutionary sequence, the exhibition’s startlingly beautiful digital x-rays deepen our scientific understanding of the incredible diversity of fishes. With over 40 framed photographs, X-ray Vision reveals how the study of fish skeletons, fin spines, and teeth help scientists tell one species from another and understand evolutionary development.  A full color picture of the specimen is featured on every label.  Created using the latest digital x-ray technology, the delicacy and exquisite detail of the images tell these sea creatures’ wondrous secrets.  Tour begins August 2010.    


Remembered Light:  Glass Fragments from World War II

a work by Joseph Distefano in Remembered Light

a work by Joseph Distefano in Remembered Light

In 1944 and 1945, Army chaplain Frederick A. McDonald visited more than two dozen churches and synagogues destroyed by war and collected broken pieces of stained glass from their ruins.  For 55 years, McDonald dreamed of creating a memorial window as a symbol of survival, hope and peace from the broken glass.  In 1998, he shared the story of the stained glass remnants with friends and the McDonald Windows project was born.  Over the course of eight years, 25 windows were created by stained glass artists from all over the world.  Using a broad range of artistic interpretation and incorporating the colorful shards, each window is inspired by McDonald’s powerful stories and personal reflections on the lessons of war.


Remembered Light includes 25 remarkable glass art installations, several mural-size photographs, text panels, and engaging graphic elements.  Together, they create a vivid monument to preserving memory and celebrating peace.  Tour begins October 2011.


Long May She Wave:  A Graphic History of the American Flag

Noted graphic designer and collector Kit Hinrichs’ childhood show-and-tell of his family’s Civil War-era thirty-six star flag sparked his lifelong fascination with the Stars and Stripes.  Over the last 40 years, Hinrichs has amassed more than 5,000 flag-related objects- from quilts and clothes to posters and political pins, Native American beadwork, and, of course, historic flags. 


Long May She Wave, featuring selections of Hinrichs’ collection, will provide visitors with a thoughtful reexamination of the flag- not just as a symbol of pride, but also as a successful, high-impact graphic element used by artists, corporations, and activists to publicize their products and views.  From whimsical wind-up toys to serious protest art and political propaganda, the hundreds of flag-embellished artifacts shed light on social milieus of the time, reminding viewers that even familiar symbols can have deeper meaning.  An art exhibition for history lovers, Long May She Wave is a brilliant visual journey through our patriotic past.  Tour begins June 2012.

And don’t forget about SITES’ Community Grant Program, offering funding for public programs to accompany SITES’ exhibitions.  Deadlines have recently changed;  proposals are now due on the first day of May and November.