How well do you know the faces of Smithsonian history? In observance of No-Shave November, we invite you to take part in a special-edition facial hair matching game!
Using only the following biographical summaries, try to match up the disembodied facial hair (A-J) with the celebrated Smithsonian scientist or curator it belongs to (1-10). You'll find links to the answers at the bottom of this blog post.
1. Henry Wood Elliott: artist, naturalist, and Joseph Henry's private secretary
2. Robert McCormick Adams: ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian
3. Edgar A. Mearns: ornithologist who took part in the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition
4. Louis Purnell: Tuskegee Airman and the Smithsonian's first African American curator
5. Carlos de la Torre y la Huerta: mollusk expert who collaborated with scientist Paul Bartsch
6. Lucille St. Hoyme: physical anthropologist and curator
7. Leonhard Stejneger: Head Curator of the Department of Biology from the 1910s-1940s
8. Frederick W. True: the Smithsonian's first curator of marine mammals
9. Lonnie Bunch: founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
10. William Henry Holmes: anthropologist and first director of the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art (now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum)
- “Bald and Free Smithsonian,” by Mitch Toda, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- “Wisdom is in the head, and not in the beard…,” by Tad Bennicoff, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives