- The National Museum of American History expounds on the origins of croquet and First Smithsonian Secretary, Joseph Henry’s passion for the game.
- And speaking of the Henry family . . . An exhibit of Civil War photography that includes dozens of important photographs and excerpts from the diary of Mary Henry, the daughter of Secretary Joseph Henry, is now up at the Smithsonian Castle.
- Have you ever struck gold in an archives? No, I mean literally. The US National Archives talks about two interesting vials of gold in their collections.
- Anyone in DC or visiting the Smithsonian soon: the Smithsonian Tour Guide and Visitors App is now available in the Apple Store.
- Prolific and respected writer, Gore Vidal, who died this week, published 25 novels in his lifetime. The Smithsonian Institution, one you’ve probably never heard of, is profiled by Around the Mall blog.
- How modern-day conflict can affect archives in a deep way: South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time [via Archives Outside].
- A specially compiled selection of extracts from surviving footage of Track & Field and Marathon events during London's first ever stint as host city in 1908 from the BFI National Archive. (And if you’re curious about how track & field went that year, read this):
The 1908 London Olympics, BFI National Archive.