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Smithsonian Affiliations 2010 Year in Review














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“From Bellingham to Baltimore, from Greensboro to Omaha, from Long Island to Las Vegas, and from Peoria to Panama, there are few places currently untouched by the magical presence of a Smithsonian artifact, exhibition, or speaker.”


- Harold Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations


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KUDOS! 2 Affiliates won National Medals for Museum Service 4 Affiliates opened new buildings or expansions



5 Affiliates received community grants for programming from SITES for a total of $22,464

7 new Affiliates joined the network

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the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Panama

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n a i n o s h t i m S m s o e r t f a i s l t i f c f je A b o o t d 5 e n 28 a o l e r e w s n o i collect 1,198 SI artifacts currently on view at Affiliates across the nation

The skeleton of the famous racehorse Lexington, returned to his birthplace 160 years later, on view at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, KY. Lexington has been named the Official Horse of Bluegrass Country. Photo: James Shambhu.

Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine vial, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, PA, represents one of the 18 Jewish Americans spotlighted in the “Only in America” gallery. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

Blackberry Woman by Richmond Barthé on view at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, MS.

Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment.

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The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion has over 800 parts, but no nails. It took three conservators four days to assemble at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, NY, with the help of a Chinese maitre d’ from a restaurant next door to translate. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations. This 5’ model shows the complete, two-astronaut Gemini spacecraft as it appeared in orbit. It’s now on view at the Challenger Learning Center in Peoria, AZ. Photo: NASM.

“We go the extra mile if we can do a loan to an Affiliate. We are happy to loan our gems if it helps people discover the jewels in their own backyards.” - Eleanor Harvey, Chief Curator Smithsonian American Art Museum

One of 20 photographs from NASM book Women and Flight. The images were part of the Women’s Museum exhibition Dreams of Flight: A Journey through Air and Space in Dallas, TX, which highlighted female pioneers in flight, from early aviators to astronauts. Photo: NASM.

The Pioneer, an 1851 locomotive, is currently being restored by the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD. It will be on view in time for the museum’s Civil War commemoration activities. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

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26 exhibitions opened at Affiliates 14 came from SITES Bittersweet Harvest opened at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA, and traveled to two other Affiliates, the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, TX, and the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.

“Opportunities like this exhibition are wonderful venues to show off our pieces to the public. [It] allows other people to tell different stories than we would tell. And sometimes, we learn a few things about our pieces that we didn’t know before.” - Jeff Post, Curator National Museum of Natural History

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, a major exhibition about the complex world of dirt from NMNH, is on view at The Durham Museum, Omaha, NE, the only other venue to host it outside the Smithsonian. Photo: NMNH.

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SITES exhibitions Freedom’s Sisters, Let Your Motto Be Resistance, and 381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott were exhibited at Affiliates across the country, from Birmingham, AL, to Philadelphia, PA, and from Dallas, TX, to Baltimore, MD. Photo: State Archives of Florida, NPG, and AP/Wide World Photos.

In Plane View, an exhibition of 56 large-format photographs, showcase the aesthetic beauty of some of NASM’s awesome aircraft. It was on view at the College Park Aviation Museum, MD, from January - June. Photo: Carolyn Russo, NASM.

1934: A New Deal for Artists, an exhibition of more than 40 works of art from the American Art Museum, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project, on view at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, WA. Photo: Kenjiro Nomura, The Farm, 1934. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor. Smithsonian Affiliations 2010 Year in Review


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24 Affiliates served as host sites for a Universal Design webinar in collaboration with the American Association of Museums

“During the course of my program, I met over thirty people at the Smithsonian...and was able to learn something from each of them. The time I spent with those individuals, each one knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and warmly receptive of my presence, was a tremendous benefit to me and my institution.” - Eric Stanley, Sonoma County Museum (Visiting Professional)

58 SI scholars spoke at 36 Affiliates Range of topics: Julia Child’s kitchen, bird plumage, Native American beading, Apollo 13, coastal ecosystems, Buffalo Bill, jazz masterworks, museum management, World War II posters, prohibition……...

SI’s Jazz Masterworks Orchestra perform a tribute concert to jazz master Johnny Hodges at The Durham Museum in Omaha, NE. Photo: The Durham Museum.

Founding director of NMAI’s Film and Video Center, Elizabeth Weatherford (2nd from left), served as guest programmer for the Festival of Native Film & Culture at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs, CA.

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Photo: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

Juan Carlos López, curator from the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, spent two weeks researching art collections at the Smithsonian, on a grant from the Smithsonian Latino Center. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

5 visiting professionals & 9 interns worked in

in the participated d n a . .C D to gram. nt students assadors Pro b m 6 Affiliates se A g n u o Y r’s Latino Cente Smithsonian

11 SI museums & libraries for a combined total of

48 weeks

SI experts Richard Efthim (left) and Don Williams (top) work with the public on inquiry-based teaching techniques and how to conserve home collections, at the York County Culture and Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, SC, and at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Photos: York County Museums and Don Williams, Museum Conservation Institute.

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21 SI units talked with Affiliates at the Resource Fair Photo: Walter Larrimore, Smithsonian Institution.

67 colleagues (from) 49 Affiliates (in) 29 states __________________________________________

2010 Affiliations National Conference

17 Capitol Hill staff and members attended the Congressional Reception with Affiliates

75 Smithsonian and Affiliate staff participated as speakers at the conference

26 organizations celebrated

10 years as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian (including the Japanese American Nat’l Museum in Los Angeles, CA) Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

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participated in Smithsonian Museum Day Patty Stonesifer, Chair, Smithsonian Board of Regents, welcomed new Affiliate, the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA. Photo: Museum of History and Industry.

“The conference has a powerful collegiality. Everyone was great at sharing information. You could meet someone with the experience you need and then repay that information with your own experience.” – Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director, Plimoth Plantation

Secretary Clough lectured on his vision for the future of the Smithsonian at the Frost Art Museum in Miami, FL. At the invitation of museum Director Carol Damian, he spoke on the importance of new technologies, the environment, and other priorities. Photo: Frost Art Museum, © Gary Mercer.

David Cowen, Director of the Museum of American Finance (left) in New York, NY, chats with jeweler Sidney Mobell after his win in the museum’s Monopoly tournament. The tournament celebrated the arrival of his solid gold, jeweled Monopoly set, on loan from the Smithsonian. Photos: Museum of American Finance and Smithsonian Affiliations.

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e m a c s r e b m e m f f a t s e h 60 Affiliat t i w s t i s i v & s g n i t e e to SI for m colleagues A community gathers to celebrate the Affiliation announcement at the Institute for Texan Cultures in San Antonio, TX. Photo: Institute of Texan Cultures.

“Bringing Whatcom board members and patrons to Smithsonian museums in New York City gave us the opportunity to network with staff and inspired us to think creatively about future collaborations.� - Patricia Leach, Executive Director, Whatcom Museum of History and Art

The Miami Science Museum hosted GirlsRISE, a seminar to train museum and science educators on engaging girls in the sciences, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, and hosted by NMNH. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

Affiliations staff visited 49 Affiliates in 17 states

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Courtney Wilson, Director of the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD, talks trains with a former NMAH curator at the SI Folklife Festival. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

The Museo del Canal, Panama City, Panama, collaborated with SI’s Discovery Theater to present “Tremendous Encounter,” a bilingual puppet show about 16th century Panama. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

Affiliations Director Harold Closter with David Baker, Director of the Center for the History of Psychology, at the grand opening of their new facility in Akron, OH. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

Denny Mecham, Director, with Outreach Manager Caroline Mah at the opening of the OhrO’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, MS.

Anne Lane, Collections Manager at Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte, NC, consults with NMAI staff to learn about mount-making techniques. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

Photo: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum.

Carmen Ruiz de Fischler, Director of the Museo at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, explores indigenous Taino collections with an NMAI curator. Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.

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Affiliations Staff Shuruner Bodin Management Support Specialist, 202.633.5301 MRC 942 P.O. Box 37012 Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 Phone: 202.633.5300 Fax: 202.633.5313 E-mail:

The vast collections of the Smithsonian document the heritage of humanity and unlock the secrets of the world around us. Smithsonian Affiliations develops long-term partnerships with museums and educational organizations to make these collections and related resources widely available. The Smithsonian is an endless place of discovery and inspiration. We want to share it with you.

Jennifer Brundage National Outreach Manager, 202.633.5306 Elizabeth Bugbee External Affairs Coordinator, 202.633.5304 Harold Closter Director, 202.633.5321 Alma Douglas National Outreach Manager, 202.633.5305 Aaron Glavas National Outreach Manager, 202.633.5309 Laura Hansen National Outreach Manager, 202.633.5307

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Christina Di Meglio Lopez Business & External Affairs Manager, 202.633.5303 Caroline Mah National Outreach Manager, 202.633.5308 Gertrude Ross Financial Manager, 202.633.5302

Title Page Collage, clockwise from top left: The director and chief curator of the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Hershey, PA tour America on the Move with NMAH educators (Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.) ● A visitor enjoys SITES’ exhibition Native Words Native Warriors at the Montana Historical Society in Helena (Photo: Montana Historical Society.) ● Don Jose Mas Ferrer, a painting by legendary 18th century painter José Campeche is now on view at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. The loan represents the first time this Smithsonian collection has been shown in Puerto Rico (Photo: American Art Museum.) ● Dr. David Baker, conductor of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, autographs jazz posters as part of the Indiana Festival at Conner Prairie in Fishers (Photo: Conner Prairie.) ● Students in the Museum Management week-long workshop at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico (Photo: Smithsonian Affiliations.) ● The Buccellati Cup, on loan from NMNH to the Lizzadro Museum, Elmhurst, IL (Photo: Lizzadro Museum.) ● The Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan unpacks a rocket from NASM’s collection which they will help restore. (Photo: Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.) ● OUR COLLEAGUES SI: Smithsonian Institution; NASM: National Air and Space Museum; NMAH: National Museum of American History; NMAI: National Museum of American Indian; NMNH: National Museum of Natural History; SITES: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

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