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Pictographic muslin calendar opens fascinating window into 120 years of lost Lakota history

N. Scott Momaday: The old man Poolaw gave me my Indian name, Tsoai-talee (Rock tree boy), when I was an infant. Poolaw was a notable figure in the Kiowa tribe, an arrow maker and a calendar keeper. 217 more words


Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is as notorious as it is beautiful having built quite a history in the better part of three centuries. Its first owner was Jean Baptist Tavernier, who is said to have acquired the diamond between 1640 and 1667 from India, whom sold it to Louis XIV in 1668. 436 more words

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DC and Smithsonian Heaven

Its not uncommon to hear people brush Washington DC off as a one day affair while travelling North America, oh how wrong they are.  I’m not sure about you but it takes me at least half a day to explore one museum and here in DC there are 11 Smithsonian Institutes in walking proximity from one another.   468 more words


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

I like going to museums. I checked out several of them at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. Here in Los Angeles, … 291 more words

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"Journey Stories" Exhibit @ the La Quinta Museum

An awesome exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute and Exhibit Envoy has made it’s way to the La Quinta Museum! The Journey Stories exhibit is a traveling exhibit that captures the many ways our ancestors came to America. 121 more words


Happy 164th Birthday, Jesse Walter Fewkes! 11/14/1850

Happy 164th Birthday, Jesse Walter Fewkes! Fewkes was born on Nov. 14, 1850 and became a leading archeologist of the American Southwest. Fewkes was also a renowned field recordist with the Smithsonian. 29 more words