- Our own Pam Henson, Smithsonian Historian, helps report on the return of everyone’s favorite dinosaur, Uncle Beazley, to the National Zoo.
- Yale University has announced that it will make high quality digital images of millions of objects housed in its museums, archives, and libraries openly and freely available, and in the public domain [via Mike Edson, Smithsonian Institution, Director of Web and New Media Strategy].
- Smithsonian Collections Blog reports on an interesting new web exhibit from the Smithsonian’s Human Studies Film Archives on the Jorge Prelorán Collection, which videoclips and information about Prelorán’s filmmaking work in his native country of Argentina, as well as Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, and the United States.
- The evolution of the email (and spam!) from the introduction of email at MIT in 1965, to today.
- The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment today unveiled a new website of more than 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public for the first time digitally [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA].
- In case you didn’t already see it, check out the most recent Simpsons episode, which includes a Smithsonian cameo! (Okay, so as Around the Mall blog points out, we could nitpick that there are 19 museums and galleries at the Smithsonian, not just the one pictured in the clip; and the Hope Diamond, Fonz’s jacket, Dorothy’s slippers, the Spirit of St. Louis and Jackson Pollack are not in the same building, but nevertheless, isn’t it cool!?):
The Simpsons, “Homer Scissorhands,” Season 22: Episode 20, Originally aired, May 8, 2011.