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Carnegie's Libraries: A Sesquicentennial Celebration


To mark the 150th exhibition of Andrew Carnegie's birth, this exhibition focuses on the architectural impact of Carnegie's philanthropic public library program in the United States, which helped construct more than 1,600 buildings. Architectural drawings, photographs, cartoons, posters, and 300 vintage postcards, illustrate the program's broad geographic scope as well as the skillful planning solutions developed by architects in response to the problem of designing a relatively new type of building.
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Understanding the American Experience


The final grand challenge posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian is explained by the sentence: “America is an increasingly diverse society that shares a history, ideals, and an indomitable, innovative spirit."
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Smithsonian Stats


Here’s some impressive trivia: Q – How many Museums are there in the Smithsonian? A – 19, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
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Social Life


Many people complain that technology is isolating people from their fellow humans. I disagree. E-mail, cell phones, FedEx, Blackberries, and other systems are keeping people more in touch than ever. Indeed, many of us are expected to be “reachable” 24/7.
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