July 24, 2012
A geographical blessing we in Maryland share is our proximity to our nation's capital. Regardless of politics,Washington, D.C., is a majestic city whose stature in national and world history is on par with the likes of London, Rome, Tokyo, Madrid, Alexandria and Constantinople. A key reason for its standing, in addition to the moral and economic strength of the nation behind it, is that it serves as more than a political capital. It also is home to a repositories of publicly-accessible documents and artifacts that are arguably the greatest collection of human knowledge ever compiled.
March 16, 2008
A year after a financial scandal forced the head of the Smithsonian Institution to resign, the organization announced yesterday that it had named a highly regarded university president, G. Wayne Clough of the Georgia Institute of Technology, as its new chief. Clough, 66, a civil engineer by training, was selected Friday night as the new secretary, or chief executive, in a unanimous vote of the Smithsonian's board of regents, officials said at a news conference in Washington. He will assume the post July 1. He faces the task of restoring stability to an institution that is struggling with a $2.5 billion shortfall, crumbling buildings and the repercussions of last year's scandal.
April 22, 2007
Does it seem as though your lilacs are opening earlier than they did in your childhood? Have you noticed the dogwood, wild columbine and Virginia bluebells blooming earlier? It's not your imagination. Though there are certainly seasonal fluctuations from year to year, as the recent cool spell can attest, studies are showing global warming is having an effect on our gardens. "Many plants are blooming weeks earlier than they used to," says David Inouye, professor of biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
October 1, 2006
Freer at 100 It was the first of the Smithsonian Institution's art galleries. And this year it's celebrating its centennial. The Freer Gallery of Art presents a daylong celebration Saturday. The museum was founded in 1906 by Detroit railroad-car manufacturer Charles Lang Freer, who donated his Asian art collection to the Smithsonian Institution's regents and donated money for the building in which to house the art. Today, the museum still houses an extensive collection of east Asian art. All day Saturday, visitors to the museum can take part in an Asian-themed 100th birthday celebration.
September 5, 2006
Dr. Audrey Blyman Davis, a retired Smithsonian Institution curator who created exhibits at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, died of leukemia Tuesday at her Bolton Hill home. She was 72. Audrey Helen Blyman was born in Hicksville, N.Y., and attended public and Catholic schools on Long Island. In 1956, she earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and education from what was then Adelphi College in Garden City, N.Y. After three years teaching high school, she received a fellowship to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a year.
August 29, 2004
CLOSE YOUR EYES and conjure up what comes to mind when you hear the words "American Indian." No matter your political correctness, the dominant image is probably one of feathers and war paint, bows and arrows, buffalo and teepees, beads and skins, wisdom and warfare. It is an image derived from adventure movies and childhood books, from sepia-tinged photographs and museum exhibitions, from exploitative television shows and earnest documentaries. Even recent publicity about Indian casinos cannot blemish its iconic power.