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Mariachi Chula Vista at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC

September 17th, 2016

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Mariachi Chula Vista at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC
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The Mariachi Chula Vista group from Chula Vista High School, San Diego, CA

A bunch of videos on YouTube.

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Lincoln White House service set 1861 – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2012-05-15

July 30th, 2016

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Lincoln White House service set 1861 – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2012-05-15
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A pitcher, oval dinner plate, dessert plate, sherry glass, and toddy glass from the Lincoln White House china service of 1861.

In the 1800s, presidents were expected to furnish the White House with their own beds, furniture, plates, and artwork. When a president left office, he took his things with him. The White House itself owned only a few furnishings. Furthermore, the White House was considered a public building. As such, it was open to the public at all times. It was not unusual to find members of the public wandering in and out of the White House at all hours of the day (and sometimes night). When a president left office, it was not unusual for members of the public to simply steal artwork, serving dishes, flatware, or other objects. Indeed, many souvenir-hunters would simply cut squares of fabric from the wallpaper, upholstered chairs, or carpets. Members of the White House staff also routinely stole items from the building, keeping them as souvenirs or (more often) selling them to the highest bidder or in antique shops.

When the Lincolns moved into the White House in March 1861 (inaugurations did not move to January until the 1940s), they found it in a terrible state. It was shabby, vandalized, and in extensive disrepair. It lacked many rudimentary modern amenities, such as gas lighting and plumbing.

Mary Todd Lincoln discovered that the White House china – which had been purchased in the administration of Franklin Pierce in the early 1850s – was in a sorry state. There were only enough plates, cups, saucers, and serving dishes to serve about 10 guests, and what china did remain was mismatched and damaged.

Each incoming president traditionally received ,000 to furnish the White House. Congress appropriated this money to Lincoln in April 1861, and gave him another ,000 on top of that. Mary Todd Lincoln and her cousin, Elizabeth Todd Grimsley (who was helping the Lincolns set up house), traveled to New York City in May 1861 to shop for furnishings for the White House. They arrived in the city on May 12. On May 15, they visited two firms: Lord & Taylor, and E.V. Haughwout & Co.

Haughwout’s showed her a "specimen plate" they had exhibited at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York in 1853. The company had produced the plate in the hopes that President Pierce would like it and buy a set of china based on its look. The "Pierce Plate" was a creamy white porcelain with picture of an American eagle in the Napoleonic style (slender wings outspread, slender neck and head, facing right, leaning left), gripping a shield emblazoned with the U.S. colors (white band at top rimmed in blue, with blue stars on the field, and narrow red and white stripes below). The shield tilted to the right, and the lower southeast corner lost in rosy clouds, which surrounded and were in back of the eagle. Drifting through the clouds left and right of the shield was a ribbon with the national motto ("E pluribus unum"). An olive branch extended to the left, and a sheaf of arrows to the right. A wide dark blue border, its outer rim dotted with tiny white stars, encircled the plate. The beyond that was a twisted gold rope ("in the Alhambra style"). The edges of the plate were scalloped.

Mary Lincoln was thrilled with the design. She asked for only one change, that the blue band be replaced with "solferino." Solferino was a moderate purplish-red color similar to magenta – a highly popular color at the time. A dye that could create the solferino color had only been discovered in 1859, so asking for solferino color was asking for the trendiest color around. It was also close to purple, which was Mrs. Lincoln’s favorite color.

Mary Lincoln was so happy with the china service that she also ordered a small set for the family’s personal use. The Great Seal of the United States was replaced with a Gothic "ML" in the center.

The china was produced by Haviland & Co. in Limoges, France. American porcelain manufacturers simply were not up to the task of producing fine china, and could not have produced as many pieces as Mrs. Lincoln wished. Haviland undoubtedly gilded the edges with the gold rope and painted the solferino band on the plate, then shipped it to New York City. A stencil was used to create an outline of the image, which was then painted in by hand. The final design was slightly different than the Pierce Plate. The eagle faced left, not right; the clouds only formed the lower arc of a circle, and obscured the southwest corner of the shield; the olive branch was more prominent, and the arrows less numerous; and a glowing yellow sun (not glowing clouds) backed the eagle. The stars around the outer edge of the solferino band were now just gilt dots.

Lincoln ordered 666 pieces of china. The dining service (which consisted of two large salad bowls, four pickle bowls, 18 meat platters of various sizes, four fish platters of various sizes, two butter dishes, six vegetable platters, 96 dinner plates, 48 soup bowls, four water pitchers, and two ice bowls) consisted of 190 pieces. The dessert service (which consisted of custard cups, fruit bowls, strawberry bowls, sugar bowls, fruit baskets [some oval, some round], dessert plates, coffee cups, and two large shell-shaped bowls) consisted of 208 pieces. The breakfast/tea service (which consisted of tea plates, preserve plates, coffee cups, egg cups, tea cups, and cake plates ) consisted of 260 pieces. She also ordered four "servers" (large plates for serving chocolates) and four large centerpieces (white pelicans formed a pillar, on which was a large platform on which dishes could be presented).

Mrs. Lincoln also ordered three dozen gilded silver forks, 10 dozen silver-plated and iron-handled dinner knives, and six dozen dessert knives. It’s not clear who manufactured these.

She completed her purchases by ordering glassware. She purchased the glassware from Christian Dorflinger, a glassware company based in Brooklyn, New York. Two sets of glasses were ordered: Tinted-red sherry glasses, and a larger "toddy glass" (a wide-mouth drinking glass similar to a round, shallow martini glass). These had the Great Seal of the United States etched into their front. On the sides and backs were small flowers. A decorative border of umbrella-like shapes was etched into the lip, and the base featured groups of rays, spreading outward.

The china cost ,195. (The family’s personal china, which Mrs. Lincoln bought at a discount since it was ordered at the same time as the government-owned set, cost ,106.37.) She made a down payment of ,500 of her own money, and turned the invoice over to the federal government for payment.

E.V. Haughwout delivered the china on September 2, 1861. It is a myth that Abraham Lincoln thought the expense too much, and refused to pay it. The truth is that Lincoln approved the invoice a week before the china was received, and the federal government paid the invoice two weeks after the china arrived.

The Lincoln china is the first State Dinner Service chosen entirely by a First Lady.

There is, however, a second set of "Lincoln China."

By late 1864, much of the "Solferino" china set had been damaged or broken. It is not clear if there was some flaw in the china which made it easily broken (as the White House staff claimed) or whether the staff disliked Mrs. Lincoln and disliked her china and purposefully manhandled it. What is known as that by late 1864, only three full place settings, some teacups, and some odds and ends were left of the "Solferino" set.

On January 30, 1865, Mrs. Lincoln ordered a new set of china for the White House. This time, the importer was China Hall, a company owned by John Kerr of Philadelphia. The design this time was extremely simple: A white plate, with a buff border edged in gilt lines. This 508-piece set consisted of dining plates, soup plates, dessert plates, ice cream plates, a wide variety of dishes (large and small fish platters, vegetable platters, side dish platters), tureens, sauce boats, pickle dishes, salad bowls, custard cups, fruit baskets (round and oval), fruit platters, sugar bowls, coffee cups, coffee saucers, and other items. This 181-piece set cost ,700.

On February 28, Mrs. Lincoln made an addition order of coffee cups and saucers, water pitchers, and bowls. These 24 items were in the same style, and cost 3.50.

Mrs. Lincoln spent another 2 purchasing four dozen goblets and 28 dozen wine glasses of various sizes from China Hall as well.

The main set of china arrived in the United States via express shipment on February 13, 1865. But it was probably delivered just days before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

The receipt for the "Second Administration" buff china was delivered shortly after Andrew Johnson became President. The bill for the main china order and glassware was paid on August 29, 1865. The bill for the additional china was paid on February 10, 1866.

Interestingly, the Andrew Johnson administration decided to replace the entire Solferino china set with an identical set. This second order of "Lincoln china" did not last, either. By the end of the first Grant administration, there was not enough left to set dinner for eight or nine people.

Much of the "first Lincoln Solferino china" set and the Johnson administration "second Lincoln Solferino china" set were sold at auction to raise funds to purchase new china in the Grant administration. This was no unusual at all.

Beginning in 1875, reproduction pieces of the Solferino china was produced in the United States. It is interesting to note that Haviland did not begin stamping their name on the back of their china until 1876. But reproduction pieces usually have "Fabriqué par Haviland & Co./Pour/J. W. Boteler & Bro./Washington" painted or stamped on the back. Others were stamped "Administration/Abraham Lincoln" on the back. A large number of reproduction china services were made for sale at the the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. Much of the "Lincoln china" which collectors have in their possession is reproduction china; the original china ordered by Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Andrew Johnson have no markings on the back.

As of 2010, the Smithsonian owned only a dinner plate, a two-handled custard cup, and the coffee cup and saucer used by Lincoln on April 14 (just before he attended Ford’s Theatre). The White House has a larger number of pieces, including a small oval platter, a meat platter, three compote dishes, an oval fruit basket, a coffee cup and saucer, a water pitcher, a fish platter, a dinner plate, a shallow bowl, and a soup bowl.

The buff band china is even harder to find! The Smithsonian has none of it. The White House has just a soup bowl and a gravy boat.

Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band, Washington (USA) – Patrick’s Festival 2012
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Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band, Washington (USA)

The Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band from Washington, USA consists of over 100 musicians accompanied by bagpipes, Highland Dancers and Flags. Shorecrest is unique among American high schools in that it boasts a bagpipe band. The band members are proud to wear a traditional kilt and uniform. Over the school’s 50-year history, the band has won many prestigious awards. On their last visit to the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in 2008, the band received honors as the Best Youth Band.

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Smithsonian Craft Show

March 16th, 2015

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Smithsonian Craft Show is going on on 23 Apr 2015 at National Building Museum Washington, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Architecture & Designing industry.

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Family Day: The nationwide Building Museum is partnering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival because of its fifth consecutive year to provide the 2010 nationwide Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day. This enjoyable and free occasion kicks-off the 2010 nationwide Cherry Blossom Festival and features numerous hands-on activities that celebrate Japanese art and design. Each day, children and grownups can: ? Construct a miniature Japanese-style connection ? Build a Kyogen stage ? Decorate biodegradable pots and plant seedlings ? Make hanging koi (goldfish) from paper and material ? Enjoy musical and party shows on indoor and outside phases ? And far, alot more! Starting Ceremony: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony follows Family Day from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, with first-come, first-served sitting. Audiences will be entertained by The Washington Ballet, celebrated 30-year-old composer and solamente pianist-Tempei Nakamura, and also the Shigeyama Family-famous Kyogen players. Nationwide Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony is supported by The Washington Examiner and Westwood College, and is funded simply by D.C. Commission regarding the Arts and Humanities, a company supported in part by the National Endowment the Arts. The Festival runs unique thanks to Linder & Associates for event manufacturing services. Right for all many years with adult direction. Event Suggestions Admission: Free, advised contribution Registration: not necessary Ages: All many years! General Ideas National Building Museum Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 11 am – 5 pm Admission: Admission is free with a suggested contribution of Address: 401 F Street, NW Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line) Phone: 202-272-2448
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Lao Classical Music the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2010 in Washington DC

September 21st, 2014

Lao Classical Music the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2010 in Washington DC

Lao Heritage Foundation group played Lao traditonal music for the Smithsonian Folklike Festival 2010 @ the Smithsonian National Mall Washington DC on 6/25/10…
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Time-lapse: Smithsonian & Washington Monument in DC

May 6th, 2014 Time-lapse of clouds above the Washington Monument. The building on the left is the Smithsonian National Museum of American Histor…
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Washington DC Smithsonian Museums

November 23rd, 2013 Washington DC Smithsonian Museums.
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Millions of bikers from around the country roared into the D.C. area on Wednesday in a show of support for Sept. 11 victims and in solidarity against a contr…

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What are the best parts of the Smithsonian to see?

April 22nd, 2013

Question by moe: What are the best parts of the Smithsonian to see?
I’ll be in DC for 4 or 5 days and photographing the cherryblossoms as well as the Washington monument etc..ill have a few days to see the Smithsonian buildings and wanted to get some opinions on what’s best to see. I’m an art buff so there’s that but what else might I want to to see with limited time? Air & space? History? Sculpture? National zoo?…also, if I’m staying at a hotel nearby (or not so nearby), what’s the most convenient way to get around? Taking their trains? I’ve never stayed in DC for an extended time period.

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Well, there are about a dozen separate Smithsonian museums on or near the National Mall, so you have a broad choice.

I’d recommend taking a look at the Smithsonian website to start narrowing down your choices:

The “big three” museums are the Air & Space, the Natural History, and the American History. That’s also where you’ll find the largest crowds.

If you’re willing to walk a few blocks from the Mall, I personally like the National Museum of American Art and the adjacent National Portrait Gallery. Not that many tourists find their way there, so the environment is more relaxing.

Remember that the largest art museum isn’t officially part of the Smithsonian–it’s the National Gallery of Art.

If you’re into contemporary art, try the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn museum on the Mall.

One of my favorite art museums, which is strong on 19th and early 20th century art, is a short Metro subway ride from the Mall–the Phillips Collection. There is, unfortunately, a small admission charge, unlike the Smithsonian’s or the National Gallery of Art.

And the most effective way of getting around town is our Metro subway and bus system:

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Washington DC Zoo or Smithsonian

April 5th, 2013

Washington DC Zoo or Smithsonian
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You have a choice to explore the Washington, D.C. National Zoo or National Mall which houses the Smithsonian Museums.  Our first stop is at the Zoo.  From furry to feathery and sleek to slithery, the zoo is a great way to learn about our environment and its interesting inhabitants.  Our second stop is at the National Mall which houses a wealth of historical facts, artifacts and interesting storeies.  Take time to visit the Natural History Museum, Museum of American History, Holocaust Museum, National Gallery of Art or the National Air & Space Museum to name a few.  We will arrive approximately 10:30 a.m. and will depart at 5:30 p.m. from the Smithsonian and 6:00 p.m. from the Zoo.  The day is yours to do as you please.

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Smithsonian African American Museum Groundbreaking – Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III

November 2nd, 2012

Reverend Calvin O. Butts, III speaks with President Barack Obama on stage, celebrating the importance of the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, which will be located near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC, is expected to be open to the public in late 2015.
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Washington DC Smithsonian Museums

June 9th, 2012
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According to their website, there are 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Most are scattered around Washington DC. Together they comprise one of the finest collection of museums in the world.

Ten of the museums are located right on or near the National Mall. They are strung out for about a mile on both sides of the Mall between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. You’ll do a lot of walking within the museums too, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Remember that the hop-on-hop-off buses are an option for getting around to the different museums. There is food available in several of the buildings.

The iconic building of the Smithsonian Museum is the “Castle”. This red sandstone building was the Smithsonian’s first building. It’s centrally located on the Mall. There really isn’t much to see here, but it’s a good place to start because it’s the Information Center for all the museums.

One of the most visited of all the museums is the National Air and Space Museum. It displays many historic aircraft and spacecraft. There are full scale models of a Lunar Lander and rockets. The Imax Theater offers different films on flight several times a day. If you like airplanes, get out to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia. There are many more aircraft out here.

Another favorite is the National Museum of Natural History. It is well loved for its dinosaur exhibit and for the room full of precious stones including the legendary Hope Diamond. If you want to give your kids a real thrill, check into a Smithsonian Sleepover. You’ll see the movie, “Night at the Museum”, get to explore the museum, and sleep with dinosaurs!

The National Museum of American History is the one that offers proof for the saying “The Smithsonian is America’s attic.” It’s in the museum that you will find the “Star Spangled Banner.” You’ll find such diverse exhibits as inaugural gowns worn by President’s wives all the way to steam trains. You’ll also find Kermit the Frog and ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the “Wizard of Oz”.

The National Gallery of Art contains a great collection of Western European and American paintings. The Freer and Sackler Galleries have Asian art and American art with an Asian influence. The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a collection of modern art. Next to the building is an outdoor sculpture garden.

Visit the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian to see and learn about the history of the native peoples of the Americas.

There is a National Portrait Gallery, an American Art Museum, a National Postal Museum and the National Zoo.

The National Archives Building is also on the Mall, but it is not a Smithsonian Museum. The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is the permanent home of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the U.S. and the Bill of Rights.

The Smithsonian Museums are open every day of the year except they are closed on Christmas Day. They are open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 in the winter. Most stay open until 6:30 or 7:30 in the summer. Check the Smithsonian website for details. Admission is free making visits to the Smithsonian a great bargain.

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