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  • Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist

    Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist
    Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into...
  • Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'

    Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer’s...
  • Superstar story teller to appear in Highland Park

     
    Donald Davis, a widely beloved story teller, will be performing in Highland Park Sept. 11 at 7 pm in the Elm Place Middle School auditorium. (more details) I've been lucky enough to cross paths with Davis at least half a......
  • Memo to museums: Don't give away those glass cases

    Memo to museums:  Don't give away those glass cases
    Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
  • Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age

    Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age
    G. Wayne Clough, who announced Wednesday that he will step down as the head of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014, arrived at the museums at a time when it was threatened by scandals and a crumbling infrastructure. Clough, a civil engineer...
  • Smithsonian Institution head will retire in 2014

    When G. Wayne Clough began his tenure as head of the Smithsonian Institution in July 2008, he asked himself the question, "What will the Smithsonian be in 500 years?" The answer? It's still not entirely clear. But as Clough prepares to retire from his...
  • The Fight Continues Over Bridgeport Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead and His Place in the History Books

    The Fight Continues Over Bridgeport Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead and His Place in the History Books
    The cast of potential characters in a movie about Bridgeport aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead, who was reported in an August 1901 article in a Bridgeport paper to have flown in a powered aircraft, two years before the Wright brothers flew, gets longer...
  • Spy Museum eyes new space at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

    The International Spy Museum could soon be on the move. The popular Washington, D.C., attraction is looking to set up shop in the nearby historic Carnegie Library. Museum officials and the city's convention center authority will propose a...
  • National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!

    National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!
    We knew the federal government shutdown would mean going without some things. Getting¬† a passport. Going to a national park. But to deprive us of the the ¬†National Zoo’s panda cam just seems cruel — especially at a time when giant panda Mei...
  • Grandeur of Washington, D.C., a reminder of democracy's roots

    Grandeur of Washington, D.C., a reminder of democracy's roots
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and dedicated can long endure… Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address Nov. 19, 1863 Maybe Lake County needs a little majesty. That seems to turn the...
  • Getting up close and personal with Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Getting up close and personal with Space Shuttle Atlantis
    Atlantis is ready for its close-up. The orbiter that made the final flight of NASA's shuttle program now is in a new $100-million home created for it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The 90,000-square foot attraction — called Space...
  • Questions and answers for Jamestown cannibalism case

    Questions and answers for Jamestown cannibalism case
    Few archaeological finds have been as sensational as the first physical evidence of cannibalism unearthed at Historic Jamestowne in 2012 and announced in a riveting press conference at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History on...