April 24, 2019

Today in History: James Smithson & the Smithsonian Institution

Today in History–June 27–the Library of Congress features the Smithsonian Institution founded by James Smithson, who died on this date in 1829. A renowned British scientist, Smithson left the endowment to "increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." Find out more about the man and the institution that includes numerous museums and research centers in the Today in History section. Then click the links below to access more Library archives related to the Smithsonian. Of course, you'll also … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane

Part of the Smithsonian Institution's mission is "Shaping the future by preserving our heritage . . ." Why do you think the Smithsonian chose to display this artifact?  Find out more about Charles Lindbergh. Imagine you are your age in 1927, reading about his accomplishment. How do you feel? What dreams does this historic flight inspire in you? What artifact from today might the Smithsonian choose to display in the future? Why do you think so? What other observations, reflections or … [Read more...]