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LATINOS AND BASEBALL COLLECTING INITIATIVE, Latino baseball players have been interwoven in the fabric of Major League Baseball for years They ve. been some of the greatest well known names in baseball history To reflect and celebrate that rich. history the National Museum of American History NMAH in collaboration with the Smithsonian. Latino Center launched Latinos and Baseball In the Barrios and the Big Leagues The multi year. community collecting initiative focuses on the historic role that baseball has played as a social. and cultural force within Latino communities across the nation. The project launched a series of collecting events in late February in San Bernardino California A. second event will be held in Los Angeles on July 17 2016 and a third will be held in Syracuse New. York on September 15 2016 The events are designed to generate interest in the initiative build on. community relationships record oral histories and identify objects for possible acquisition by local. historical associations as well as for the Smithsonian collections. The collaborative initiative seeks to document stories from across the U S and Puerto Rico and plans to. collect a number of objects that could include baseball equipment stadium signs game memorabilia. such as handmade or mass produced jerseys and tickets food vendor signs home movies and period. photographs Curators will select objects based on the stories they represent and the insight they. provide into the personal community and national narratives of the national pastime Baseball has. played a major role in everyday American life since the 1800s providing a means of celebrating both. national and ethnic identities and building communities said John Gray director of NMAH Through. the lens of baseball the Smithsonian seeks to illuminate the rich history and culture of Latinos and. their impact on American culture and society, NMAH and the Smithsonian Latino Center are working with the National Museum of African American. History and Culture and 10 external partner organizations to carry out the initiative As an outcome a. traveling exhibition centered on Latinos and baseball is planned to launch by 2020. http americanhistory si edu latinos and baseball,SMITHSONIAN HONORS MUSIC ICON PRINCE. When musical icon Prince died on April 21 2016 at age 57 the world mourned The Purple Rain. singer was well known for his four decade long music career NMAH will recognize the life and legacy. of Prince Rogers Nelson 1958 2016 by displaying his Yellow Cloud electric guitar The guitar was. crafted in 1989 and used during Prince s Diamonds and Pearls era It will remain on view through. Labor Day September 5 2016 Prince was a multi talented artist who achieved popular success while. pursuing eclectic and innovative musical visions said Eric Jentsch deputy chair in the division of. culture and the arts One of the best selling musicians of all time he is also remembered for his. energetic performances film work and songwriting Custom made by the Minneapolis Minnesota. firm Knut Koupee Enterprises and designed by Prince the guitar reflects the musical icon s distinctive. personal symbol which adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard. http newsdesk si edu photos princes yellow cloud guitar. SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS ACQUIRES ARHOOLIE RECORDS, Arhoolie Records is known for down home blues folk jazz country gospel Cajun zydeco Mexican. American and world music Since 1960 Arhoolie has played Cajun and Mexican folk music that has. caught the ear of musicians like Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder since 1960 Founder Chris Strachwitz now 84. has found a new home for the label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings which has acquired the Arhoolie. catalog and will be adding more than 350 Arhoolie albums to its collection the labels announced on May. 10 2016 In keeping with the longstanding policy at Smithsonian Folkways the non profit label. associated with the Smithsonian Institution the catalog will be kept accessible in a variety of formats. The acquisition includes more than 350 albums released since 1960 in various formats by Arhoolie and. recordings from three South Texas regional labels specializing in Mexican music Ideal Falcon and Rio. Andean Huayno music from the Peruvian label Discos Smith and archival materials including master. tapes The acquisition was possible thanks to the generosity of Laura and Ed Littlefield of the Sage. Foundation and the encouragement of the Savoy Family the First Family of Cajun Music the revered. Arhoolie Records has been acquired from founder Chris Strachwitz and his business partner Tom. Diamant by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings The Arhoolie Records collection is a national treasure of. recorded music said Daniel Sheehy curator and director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings The. collection features seminal recordings by artists such as Bukka White Big Mama Thornton Lightnin. Hopkins Mance Lipscomb Mississippi Fred McDowell Big Joe Williams Flaco Jim nez and Clifton. Chenier More recent releases include those by the Savoy Family Band the Magnolia Sisters and the. Pine Leaf Boys Hear Me Howling a collection of recordings made in the Bay area in the 1960s won a. GRAMMY award in 2011 In the same year the label issued a Grammy nominated retrospective box. set celebrating Arhoolie s 50th anniversary, Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records right with Mississippi Fred McDowell circa 1970 in Como Mississippi Image courtesy Chris.
Strachwitz all rights reserved http www folkways si edu news and press smithsonian folkways acquires arhoolie records. ASTRONAUT GRAFFITI FOUND IN APOLLO 11 COMMAND MODULE. The National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian s 3D Digitization Program have uncovered. writing on the interior walls of the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia while 3 D scanning the. artifact Unseen for almost 50 years the markings include notes figures and a calendar presumably. written by the Apollo 11 astronauts during their historic flight to the moon The project to digitize. Columbia will make these details and many others previously unseen by museum visitors available. online for the first time, These markings give a glimpse into the first mission to land on the moon crewed by Neil Armstrong. Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins Some of the markings include numbers and calculations relayed from. mission control which are written on the wall near the navigational tools There also appears to be a. calendar written by one of the astronauts with each day crossed out except for landing day Observing. such details and studying the text have enabled curators to enhance their understanding and compile. a more complete account of how the missions were piloted Research is being conducted to determine. what the markings were for which astronauts made them and what insights they provide about the. historic trip that occurred from July 16 through 24 1969. The museum has been working with the Smithsonian s 3D Digitization Program to scan the Command. Module in 3 D to create a high resolution interactive model of the entire spacecraft This highly. detailed model will allow researchers and the public to explore the entire craft a feat not possible. when viewing the artifact in the museum The model will be available in June on 3d si edu and used to. produce an interactive display in the museum s exhibition Destination Moon which is scheduled to. open in 2020, http newsdesk si edu releases smithsonian 3 d project sheds new light astronaut graffiti found museum s apollo 11 command. U S NATIONAL PARASITE COLLECTION FINDS HOME AT THE. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, The U S National Parasite Collection USNPC is a national and international resource for systematic. taxonomic diagnostic ecological and epidemiological research in parasitology Since its founding in. 1892 the USNPC has been maintained by scientists and curators of the Agricultural Research Service of. the USDA in Beltsville Maryland In 2013 the USDA ARS and the Smithsonian pronounced an. agreement to transfer the USNPC to the National Museum of Natural History NMNH As an. expansion of the partnership between the Smithsonian and USDA current collections staff including. the USDA senior curator and two support scientists managers have been transferred with adjunct. appointments at NMNH in order to provide continuity and assistance for curation and accessibility of. the collection during and after the relocation, The scope and depth of the collection are unparalleled in North America and make it one of the top. three most significant parasite collections in the world Current holdings are substantial in excess of. 100 000 specimen lots and over 20 million individual specimens 3 000 holotypes 7 000 type series. and it accumulates about 1 000 1 500 new lots of specimens annually The USNPC serves a diverse and. global constituency providing access to specimens and databases for research programs within the. Smithsonian USDA and other organizations that drive parasitological research in systematics. biodiversity and climate change science as well as veterinary medical and wildlife parasitology.

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