coming up in affiliateland – december 2011 and january 2012

a busy ending to 2011… and full steam ahead into 2012!  

Frontiers of Flight Museum hosts the the National Air and Space Museum’s At the Controls in Dallas, 12/1.

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History celebrated its 10th anniversary as a Smithsonian Affiliate in Kennesaw, 12/3.

Littleton Museum hosts SITES’ 125 Years of Lasting Light: Grand Canyon Photography in Littleton, 12/8.

American Museum of Science and Energy hosts SITES’ Earth From Space in Oak Ridge, 12/16.

Mennello Museum of Art will host SITES’ William H. Johnson: An American Modern in Orlando, 1/6.

The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center will present a professional development workshop at the
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, 1/12.

Orange County Regional History Center will host SITES’ Beyond Baseball: Roberto Clemente in Orlando, 1/21.

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA), Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL), National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA), Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI), Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Institute of Texan Cultures (San Antonio, TX), and the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, OH) will participate in a two day meeting to brainstorm ways in which the institutions could work together to foster civic engagement on immigration/migration issues, 1/25-1/26.

Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX), Miami Science Center (Miami, FL), and the California Science Center (Los Angeles, CA)  will participate in planning meeting for a National Symposium on Early Learning, 1/27-28.

Columbia Memorial Space Center will host SITES’ Suited for Space in Downey, 1/28.


happy anniversary to the American Jewish History museum

August 6, 2011
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the Smithsonian’s partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia.  When we met, the Museum shared space on Independence Mall with the  Congregation Mikveh Israel (known as the “Synagogue of the American Revolution”), whose members founded the Museum in 1976.   As the only Museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to the American Jewish experience, its 15,000 square feet presented an opportunity to share over 100 exhibitions and the largest collection of Jewish Americana in the world. 

Barry Halkin/Halkin Photography, courtesy of the National Museum of American Jewish History

Today, the Museum has moved a half-block, to a new,  state-of-the-art five-story building facing the Liberty Bell that will be celebrating its first birthday this November.  This location is significant and appropriate.  The Museum documents the 350+ year history of Jews in America, and in so doing, celebrates the freedoms that have made it possible for Jewish Americans – or any other ethnic group – to flourish in this country. 

The Smithsonian has been a proud partner with the Museum during our decade-long relationship.  For example, in 2002 the Institution worked with the Museum during Philadelphia’s ‘Culturefest’ to present Smithsonian curators and scholars on a variety of topics.  In 2005, the Museum hosted an ‘antiques roadshow’ program, designed to help its visitors save their personal collections, with the help of a Smithsonian conservator.

With the opening of the Museum’s new home, our partnership reached new heights.  NMAJH is now displaying artifacts that are among the most rare and valuable in all the Smithsonian’s collections.  Visitors to the Museum can see Albert Einstein’s pipe, Sandy Koufax’s baseball glove, and Irving Berlin’s World War II uniform, among other items of Jewish Americana.  And our plans to share even more objects extend for many years forward.

So, to our friends and colleagues in Philadelphia – mazel tov!  Here’s to our accomplishments and may there be many more to come in the next ten years.

affiliates in the news

Congratulations to these Affiliates making headlines this week! 

Conner Prairie received the National Medal for Museum Service, a top honor for museums and libraries. (Photo Courtesy Conner Prairie)

Conner Prairie (Fishers, Indiana)
Top museum honor goes to Conner Prairie…READ MORE 

Miami Science Museum (Miami, Florida)
MiaSci receives girls’ education grant…READ MORE 

African American Museum in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Citizens Bank Foundation donates $25,000, sponsors free Community Day at the African American Museum…READ MORE 

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
A Museum Taken on Faith…READ MORE
Here’s how to navigate Philly’s newest addition…READ MORE

Montana Historical Society
(Helena, Montana)
Montana Historical Society keeps accreditation…READ MORE

U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, Alabama)
Bobby’s Bama: U.S. Space And Rocket Center…READ MORE

affiliates in the news: monday, december 20

Congratulations to these Affiliates making headlines today!

Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Michelle Obama Presents Highest Honors for Museums to Japanese American National Museum…READ MORE
Remarks by the First Lady at the National Medal for Museum and Library Services Ceremony…READ MORE 

Honoring outstanding Museums and Libraries…WATCH VIDEO

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA)
The National Museum of American Jewish History opens in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Conner Prairie (Fishers, Indiana)
Conner Prairie gets White House honors…READ MORE
Indiana living history museum gets national honor…READ MORE
Honored in Washington Conner Prairie named one of the best in the U.S…READ MORE
Remarks by the First Lady at the National Medal for Museum and Library Services Ceremony…READ MORE
Conner Prairie Honored Among Nation’s Best Museums…READ MORE
Conner Prairie wins medalWATCH VIDEO

affiliates in the news

Congratulations to these Affiliates making headlines this week!

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
The real Thanksgiving unveiled at Plimoth Plantation…READ MORE
History Channel airs show on Thanksgiving produced by local native…READ MORE  
Plimoth Plantation helps reveal “The Real Story of Thanksgiving”…READ MORE


The Air Zoo (Portage, Michigan)
Air Zoo expanding…READ MORE
Air Zoo expansion to consolidate exhibits…READ MORE

Arizona State Museum (Tucson, Arizona)
Southwest’s roots on exhibit at Arizona State Museum…READ MORE

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Refined Jewish Museum Shows Up Drab Philadelphia Mall: Review…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History, designed by James Polshek, opens…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History’s new home unveiled…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History comprised of multiple interlocking volumes…READ MORE 

Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, Montana)
MSU Paleontologist Receives International Award…READ MORE

affiliates in the news

Congratulations to these Affiliates making headlines!

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Jewish history museum set to open near historic Philadelphia sites…READ MORE
New National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia Celebrates Jewish Life…READ MORE 
New Philadelphia museum celebrates Jewish life…READ MORE
New museum traces accomplishments of American Jews…READ MORE 
Jewish Museum Completes New Home in Philadelphia…READ MORE
American Jewish History Museum To Open…WATCH VIDEO
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Identity…READ MORE
Museum shows view of American history through Jewish lens…READ MORE
A Walking Tour Through Time…READ MORE
Jews You Can Use…READ MORE
A People’s History…READ MORE

Museum of American Finance (New York, New York)
Monopoly’s diamond year…READ MORE 

Poverty Point State Historic Site (Louisiana)
Poverty Point accepted as Smithsonian Affiliate…READ MORE 

Rubin Museum of Art (New York, New York)
Buddhism’s Influence on Contemporary Artists Explored by the Rubin Museum of Art…READ MORE
The Rich, Detailed Fullness Found in Empty

Historical cottage at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island, New York)
Staten Island gem: A guide to the new Snug Harbor Cultural Center…READ MORE

The Museum of Flight (Seattle, Washington)
Museum Of Flight Names New President And CEO…READ MORE 

Heard Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Heard Museum receives grant from local tribe…READ MORE
Grant allows more students to visit Heard Museum…READ MORE 

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip Brings More than a Million Students Nationwide to Plimoth Plantation on November 16, 2010…READ MORE  
Debunking Thanksgiving Myths at Plimoth Plantation…READ MORE
Plimoth Plantation: A step back in time…READ MORE