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Rare Books from Smithsonian Join Tibetan Treasures at Rubin Museum of Art By Cara Seitchek

In February 2009, Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) Curatorial Assistant Tracey Friedman traveled to Washington, D.C., to view Smithsonian collections and select potential loans for an upcoming exhibition titled Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe. At the suggestion of Smithsonian Affiliations National Outreach Manager Jennifer Brundage, Friedman spent a day at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, pouring over a wide selection of books, eventually choosing six to illustrate the Western tale of the cosmos. “I was a bit skeptical because I had never heard of this library and felt the allure of other more well-known Smithsonian museums and

research centers,” she blogged on the Smithsonian Affiliations website. “To my pleasant surprise, the librarians took my topic and ran with it. I was impressed by the effort they had put into this scholarly research.” The Dibner Library, established in 1976 as the Smithsonian Institution’s first rare book library, contains 35,000 rare books and 2,000 manuscript groups that date from the 15th to the 19th centuries in the history of science and technology, including engineering, transportation, chemistry, mathematics, physics, electricity, and astronomy. Within its collections is a 1641 book by Galileo, Systema cosmicum, which was borrowed for the exhibition. continued page 7

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from the director We extend a warm welcome to our newest Smithsonian Affiliate

Creating a Shared Legacy Like the capital’s fabled cherry blossoms, collaborations between the Smithsonian and our Affi liate partners are creating their own dazzling displays across the country. In April and May, Affi liates will be hosting traveling exhibitions that stretch from Staten Island to San José. Smithsonian staff will spread out to share insights and expertise on subjects ranging from American kitchens and jazz to the art of “saving stuff.” Loans also continue at a brisk pace, headlined by a stunning display of gems and jewelry in the exhibition All That Glitters at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The Affi liate relationship is very much a two-way street. At the Smithsonian we are currently enjoying the loan of Elvis paint-

ings from the High Museum of gies to pass our shared legacy on Art and art created in the internto the next generation. ment camps from the Japanese This amazing journey continAmerican National Museum. ues on June  – 5 at our annual Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Smithsonian Affi liations National Panchen, an exhibition from the Conference in Washington, D.C. Rubin Museum of Art, is inspirWe hope you will join us! ing countless visitors at our Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. These are among the many and varied opportunities for partnership. We have learned that the success of Smithsonian Affi liations depends on our ability to create multiple paths for bringing ideas and resources together. Like the story of evolution posed in the National Museum of Natural Harold A. Closter History’s new exhibition on human origins — a must see — we closterh@si.edu are constantly adjusting to changing conditions and working every day to build new tools and strate-

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Join us for the Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference, June 13 – 15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Join your Affiliate colleagues for insightful programs and sessions geared to enrich your collaboration with the Smithsonian. Register now at www.affiliations.si.edu.

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Harold Closter, Director Alma Douglas, National Outreach Manager Aaron Glavas, National Outreach Manager Laura Hansen, National Outreach Manager Christina Di Meglio Lopez, Business & External Affairs Manager Caroline Mah, National Outreach Manager Gertrude Ross, Financial Manager © 2010 Smithsonian Institution The Affiliate is published by Smithsonian Affiliations. All rights reserved.

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A “Swinging” Partnership: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and the National Museum of American History

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Working Together Naturally: Museum of York County and National Museum of Natural History Create a Naturalist Center

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Affi liate Benefits — Affi liate Members Travel with the Smithsonian

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Bittersweet Harvest: Mexican Heritage Corporation and the National Museum of American History

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A “Swinging” Partnership

By Cara Seitchek Jumpin’ with the Big Bands exhibition at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC). (Photos courtesy MAC)

“Over the last 25 years, The National Museum of American History has steadily assembled the world’s largest museum collection of jazz history. We’re glad any time we can get more of our treasures on display. The cornet associated with Louis Armstrong and Artie Shaw’s clarinet are among our treasured artifacts. We’re pleased to lend these to the Northwest Museum and salute their leadership in organizing an exhibition on the big bands — among the most vibrant, quintessentially American of musical ensembles.” John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music, National Museum of American History

The galleries of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture ( MAC ) are filled with the sounds and images of the Big Band Era, brought together in an innovative exhibition seven years in the making. “The idea for the exhibition was hatched at an Affiliations meeting,” said MAC Senior Curator of History Marsha Rooney. “While faces have changed over the years, we are proud that the exhibition happened and is well received.” From 2002 to 2004, Smithsonian Affiliations hosted a series of Cultural Alliance Initiative meetings and workshops that enabled Affiliates to meet and discuss collaborative projects, plan joint exhibitions, and discuss the challenges of reaching new audiences. At one of these meetings, Bruce Eldredge, then-director of MAC, joined forces with Lewis Ricci, former director of the International Jazz Collections at the University of Idaho, and the seeds of this exhibition were sown. Jumpin’ with the Big Bands explores the social history of jazz and swing from its origins to its impact today using sheet music, advertisements, and music catalogs, as well as numerous film and audio clips provided by the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History (NMAH). “This exhibition is our first attempt to use historic film in our galleries,” said Rooney. “In one area, we have projected the film onto the wall and I can see kids

trying to copy the dance moves in the exhibition hall.” Archives Center Chair Deborra Richardson said, “One of our most important goals is to get the word out about Archives Center collections. When we met with the MAC staff, we realized there was a great match.” Also on loan from NMAH are several broadcasting microphones and instruments, including Artie Shaw’s clarinet and a cornet associated with Louis Armstrong. Combined with objects from the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, and the Gonzaga University Archives, the exhibition tells the national story of an American art form. “The subject matter has resonated with our audiences,” said Rooney. “We discovered that Jumpin’ fit well with two other exhibitions that focus on the 1930s and 1940s so we’ve been able to link all three exhibitions together. It’s amazing what has happened since that first Affiliate event.” Richardson said that her staff enjoys working with other Affiliates because of their “passion for sharing Center collections with the public and building rewarding collegial relationships that create everwidening networks.” the affiliate

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In August, the York County Culture & Heritage Museums (CHM) in Rock Hill, South Carolina, will open a permanent addition to its exhibitions and galleries at the Museum of York County. The Naturalist Center will offer audiences a new way to access their collections. Modeled after the Naturalist Center at the National Museum of Natural History ( NMNH ), CHM’s center is funded, in part, by a $148,875 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We change how people view the educational potential of collections,” said Richard Efthim, director of the NMNH Naturalist Center. “Naturalist centers make collections more accessible, like a library.” Efthim was a key advisor to CHM, offering advice on how to build the center, how to maximize the use of resources, and how to build school partnerships. Since 1995, the Naturalist Center has maintained a strong partnership with the Loudoun County School System in Virginia, offering workshops that train teachers in object-based learning and show them how to use these collections in their classrooms. “Richard presented a workshop last year to a broad cross-section of teachers, representing a variety of grades and subject matters. It was an introduction to what they will be able to do with our Naturalist Center,” said Nancy Crane, CHM director of education.

Crane is planning a range of teaching opportunities, including multiple-day workshops, as well as monthly meetings with a team of teachers selected by their local school districts. She hopes to connect the South Carolina teachers with Efthim’s Virginia teachers via videoconferencing. CHM’s Naturalist Center will differ from the Smithsonian’s in that it will be a dedicated space within the museum, open to all visitors during regular hours. However, it will offer similar access to diverse natural history specimens, from taxidermy mounts to animal bones, rocks, minerals, and plants. CHM Curator Steve Fields has been acquiring new collections for the Naturalist Center, while also evaluating those already at the museum. “As a curator, I am happy to get these collections out of storage and into the light,” he said. “The public can see the value of our collections and how they can be used. Every rock and specimen has a story to tell.” Dioramas that line the perimeter of the room will be re-installed with selected natural history specimens that illustrate topics like migration or adaptation, or focus on regional geology and biology. An interpreter will be stationed in the room to offer guidance to visitors, and a special section will be devoted to early learners. The CHM Naturalist Center is designed to meet the needs of the commu-

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nity, “both the school and public audiences,” said Crane. Fields and Crane agree that the association with the Smithsonian has been an instrumental part of this project. “Our being an Affiliate affords us the chance to bridge and make connections between our institution and the Smithsonian,” said Crane. “It’s a wonderful, mutual opportunity,” added Fields. the affiliate


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Affiliate Benefits Affiliate Members Travel with the Smithsonian By Cara Seitchek

One of the many benefits of an affiliation with the Smithsonian is access to several revenue-generating programs, all available under the Smithsonian brand. Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures offers 12 value-priced learning vacations that give travelers a chance to see the world, while providing a revenue share for your organization. Jean Glock, senior program manager of Smithsonian Journeys, described the trips as “excellent tours at a great value” with local subject matter experts providing an in-depth look at unique sites and destinations. These custom-crafted travel programs provide new adventures and learning opportunities that are flexible and presented at economic rates. Travel can be used as a fundraising opportunity, a way to develop a closer relationship with members, and to recruit new members. It also serves as a marketing vehicle for other initiatives and events. Collette Vacations offers multiple departures and different itineraries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Collette handles all the travel arrangements and will even send a representative to your museum for a pre-trip meeting to showcase travel destinations. These travelogues highlight selected itineraries and provide an opportunity for potential travelers to ask questions and get excited about the tour sites. Affiliates receive a 5% commission for every completed trip.

Charlene Donchez Mowers, director of Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc., said she has received positive comments from members who have taken a Travel Adventure. “It’s a wonderful benefit that we can offer to our members,” she said. “Our Collette contact is always willing to answer questions and our tour groups have had great experiences.” She added that Collette produces postcards that can be sent to members, as well as sample advertising copy and photographs of destinations that are ready to use in marketing materials, newsletters, or on web sites. “It’s an added Affiliate benefit that our members can enjoy.” The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida, has traveled extensively with Smithsonian Journeys, completing trips to the Pyrenees, Greece, Costa Rica, and Copper Canyon. Another great Affiliate benefit is a new reciprocal membership program for those offering their institutional members a Smithsonian membership. Currently 130 Affiliates provide a Smithsonian membership option, valuable in recruiting and retaining members. The reciprocal program, new for 2010, provides Affiliate members a national membership with the benefit of free admission and discounts at participating museums and cultural organizations across the country.

Also, in response to Affiliate inquiries, a line of Smithsonian souvenir products has been developed with no minimum orders. Key chains, mugs, magnets, and spoons are available at a wholesale price for sale in retail stores. To schedule a travelogue and preview Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures, contact Allison Villasenor at 401.642.4576. the affiliate

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Bittersweet Harvest: Affiliates Embrace the Bracero Legacy By Cara Seitchek

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A unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Mexican Heritage Corporation in San José, California, has expanded our knowledge of a piece of American history, uncovered new artifacts for preservation in collections, and recorded the memories of a forgotten population. The Bracero History Project, an initiative started at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), has grown to encompass universities, scholars, and several Affiliates. “This project has morphed into the largest Spanish language oral history project in the United States,” said Curator Peter Liebhold. “We now have more than 700 oral histories in the archives.” Inspired by a collection of photographs acquired by NMAH in the 1990s, Liebhold and Associate Curator Steve Velasquez set out to record the stories of the braceros, Mexican guest workers who came to the United States to fill labor shortages in agriculture and railroads. In 1956, photographer Leonard Nadel recorded the daily lives of braceros in 1,730 images forming the basis of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service ( SITES ) exhibition Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942 – 1964. “We wanted to reach a broad base of people,” said Liebhold. “We made a presentation at an Affiliations conference and connected with the staff of the Mexican Heritage Corporation. They set up our first town hall meeting where we explained the importance of this history and why we were doing it.” Mexican Heritage Corporation Director & CEO Marcela Aviles said she immediately wanted to become part of this project because San José had hosted a large group of braceros and today still has a strong agricultural community. She welcomed a meeting at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in 2005. “We connected with our colleagues in the community and got the word out. We encouraged people to bring in objects that are indicia of experiences as a bracero — a tool, a registration card, a hat. We even brought in the sister of Cesar Chavez and collected her oral history,” she said. Velasquez said he was amazed at the outpouring of interest. “When we arrived at the Affiliate, we saw a long line of people waiting for us. The number of interested people in the Plaza was overwhelming.”

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Liebhold explained that the project used the highest standard of oral history procedures, asking every participant the same series of questions, with the results transcribed and edited. The histories are accessible to anyone online at the Bracero History Archive (http://braceroarchive.org) in both written and audio formats, paired with short synopses, bios, photographs, and essays. Velasquez listened to hundreds of the tapes, selecting quotes to pair with the Nadel photographs. These oral histories became an integral part of the exhibition, which opened in February at the Mexican Heritage Plaza site, where the Corporation is a Residents Arts Partner. “He brought the photos to life by using the voices of the braceros to describe their experiences. Their voice really drives the show,” said Liebhold. “The curatorial voice is minimal; instead the voice of the participants tells the story.” While the traveling exhibition is constructed from simple vinyl panels, every venue is encouraged to augment it with their own objects and artifacts. “We went into the collections of the historical society in San José and looked for objects that replicated what we saw in the photos. We found a 1920s bed and a camp stove; we even created a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe,” said Aviles. “The photos are the keys to creating the story. By finding meaning in the curatorial narrative, interaction with the community, and the collected objects, we created a beautiful tapestry.” Other Affiliate venues include The Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Texas, which will host from May 2010 to August 2010, and the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California, which will host the exhibition from November 2010 to January 2011. Liebhold and Velasquez describe the project and resulting exhibition as a “true collaboration” and as an “intergenerational project” that started small and had a life of its own. the affiliate


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Fall 2009 Visiting Professionals Congratulations to our fall 2009 visiting professionals! Smithsonian Affiliations is proud to offer opportunities for Affiliates to further their project goals through professional development programs across the Institution. For information about these opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee, BugbeeE@si.edu, 202.633.5304.

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Two weeks with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

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Evaluative research techniques: How is the public engaging with museum programs that promote science?

Taking the show on the road: Coordination, organization, and management practices of developing traveling exhibits from budget analysis to identifying potential venues.

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Lilla Vekerdy, head of special collections and curator of the Dibner Library, said the RMA approached the loan in a very professional manner. “We received a list of books and illustrations that they were interested in seeing. The list was very concrete, and we were able to pull and identify the items easily.” Vekerdy added that many emails were sent between the Libraries and RMA with suggestions and other ideas, so that by the time Friedman visited, she “had plenty to look at and was pleased with the additional books we recommended.” RMA Chief Curator Martin Brauen described the loan as “very un-bureaucratic and easy going.” Originally he had planned on borrowing objects from European museums, but realized the expense would be prohibitive. “I met Jennifer at the ceremony when the museum became an Affiliate. I remembered her enthusiasm and we sent many lists back and forth looking for possible loans,” he said. While the collaboration with the Dibner is a new one for the RMA, the museum has already established a solid partnership with the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSG), not only borrowing objects but also loaning an exhibition to the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition, Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen, developed by RMA Curator Karl Debreczeny, opened March 13 at FSG in conjunction with The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, which will travel to the RMA later in 2010. “I hope that my experience inspires other Affiliates to create similar partnerships and take advantage of smaller entities like the Dibner Library,” blogged Friedman.

“I’m delighted that the partnership between the Smithsonian and New York City’s own Rubin Museum of Art continues to grow. The latest collaboration, which brought six extremely rare books to the Rubin for its Visions of the Cosmos exhibition, demonstrates once again how the Smithsonian Affiliations program is a win-win for everyone involved.” U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

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Also on view through May 2010 at the museum is Through the Eyes of the Eagle, an exhibition organized by the Global Health Odyssey Museum, an Affiliate in Georgia.

Navajo code talkers and Frank Toledo at Ballarat, Australia, July 7, 1943, an image from Native Words, Native Warriors, on view at the Montanna Historical Society. (Photo courtesy

In January, National Portrait Gallery (NPG) Writer Warren Perry spoke on the role that FDR played in repealing Prohibition at the Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. (Bethlehem).

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Sharon Shaffer, executive director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), helped train staff and docents at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum (Baltimore). In December 2010, the museum also received the “Pioneer” locomotive, on loan from NMAH. NASM’s In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight is on view at the College Park Aviation Museum (College Park) through June 2010. In January 2010, Carolyn Russo, NASM photographer and museum specialist, presented a lecture on her past and present projects capturing history through the lens of a camera.

Through May 2010, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (Staten Island) presents the exhibition Legacy of Lincoln. New York State Museum (Albany) participated in NASM’s distance learning program, Out of This World, in February and March 2010. Six rare 16th and 17th-century books were loaned to the Rubin Museum of Art (New York) from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries for the exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, on view through May 2010. Organized by the Rubin Museum, the exhibition Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen is part of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s Asia in America program that showcases the holdings of important American institutional collections of Asian art through July 2010.

Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh) hosts Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, an exhibition organized by George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, an Affiliate in Virginia, on view through July 2010.

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381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) exhibition was on view at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham) through April 2010.

Arizona State Museum (Tucson) and The University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), presented the 6th annual Native Eyes Film Showcase of award-winning films

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The Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs) hosts the SITES exhibition New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music through June 2010.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. hosts the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition, East of the River: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, through December 2010.

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California In February 2010, Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland) participated in the National Air and Space Museum’s (NASM) distance learning program, Out of This World, a series of educational videos about the early days of NASA and the role of women and African Americans in space exploration. In March 2010, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (Palm Springs) hosted the Festival of Native Film & Culture. Elizabeth Weatherford, founding director of the Film and Video Center of NMAI, was guest programmer. Mexican Heritage Corporation (San José) hosted Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942 – 1964, a new bilingual exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) and

exhibited by SITES, through May 2010. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Rusty Russell led workshops and activities focused on wild flora for Riverside Arts and Cultural Affairs Division, Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Smithsonian Citizen Science Day in March 2010.

Colorado Conservator Don Williams from the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute gave a lecture on his book, Saving Stuff, and hosted a workshop in April 2010 at the Littleton Museum (Littleton).

Connecticut In April 2010, Paul Chaat-Smith, NMAI curator and author of Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong, was part of a day-long workshop at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (Mashantucket).

Smithsonian Affiliations Director Harold Closter co-hosted events in January 2010 for A Weekend of Reflections: A Symposium, a series of discussions relating to Florida’s natural history and landscape through the artistic lens at The Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach).

Georgia Through April 2010, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History (Kennesaw) hosted the SITES exhibition, In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits.

Montana The Montana Historical Society (Helena) will travel the NMAI exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors, to Native American reservations through December 2010.

Texas The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future (Dallas) brings to life 20 notable African American women in the SITES exhibition Freedom’s Sisters through July  2010.

Washington Tom Crouch, NASM aeronautics curator, traveled to The Museum of Flight (Seattle) in January 2010 and gave two lectures; one on his new book Lighter Than Air, and the second, The Story of Amelia, was presented in conjunction with the museum’s In Search of Amelia Earhart exhibition.

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