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Preserving Internet Content for Research Use

"Join us for a panel with library subject experts, researchers and historians to discuss the value of web archiving and potential uses for content collected and preserved by cultural heritage institutions. 

This event is presented as a part of the Library of Congress and the International Internet Preservation Consortium’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference."

Library of Congress

May 23, 2022 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Double Take Online: Feast Your Eyes

"Enjoy a conversation with two Smithsonian experts about 'Breakfast Tacos' and the cultural significance of the food we eat.

Bring your appetite for art and food history and dig into Breakfast Tacoswith two Smithsonian experts. This rich photograph by artist Chuck Ramirez magnifies the remnants of a hearty meal to reveal the personal and cultural significance of the foods we eat. Join Claudia Zapata, curatorial assistant for Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Steve Velasquez, curator for the division of cultural and community life at the National Museum of American History, for this engaging virtual program. 

This program is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Double Take series. Widen your perspective on American art as Smithsonian specialists from different disciplines team up to talk about artworks from SAAM’s collection. This popular series features experts from an array of fields—from anthropology and geology to aeronautics and history—and shows how art can connect to just about anything."

American Art Museum | Smithsonian

May 25, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Design Snacks Series | Portfolios

"Looking to share your work with the world and wondering where to start? Join Cooper Hewitt along with guest designers Melissa Gutierrez and Juddelis Villar as we dive into the world of design portfolios. Expect real-world tips and tricks for creating portfolios that stand out at every level — from applying to schools to landing a job.  

While this interactive session will be focused primarily on graphic design portfolios, there will be opportunities to speak broadly about sharing design work.  Recommended for ages 16+. 


- Introductions 
- Portfolio Case Studies: What Works?  
- Q + A  
- Wrap Up + Further Resources "

Cooper Hewitt | Smithsonian

May 25, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Groundbreaking Garden Club Activists of Virginia

"Often overlooked and underestimated, women's garden clubs in Virginia made an impressive impact on state landscapes and laws. From their founding in the 1920s, garden club federations elevated and encouraged women to reshape their communities. Hear the stories of garden club members who used the power of garden clubs to take on the highway department, environmental destruction, and even segregation. 

Meredith Henne Baker is a 2021 Virginia Humanities Fellow who held a fall writing residency at the Library of Virginia. She is writing a book about the remarkable impact of Virginia’s gardening women on the state’s landscape and policies. Baker’s research also contributed to a statewide, multi-site 2022 commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Virginia’s Black women’s garden clubs. An educator, independent scholar, and award-winning writer of Virginia history, Baker lives in the Richmond area."

Smithsonian Gardens

May 26, 2022 | 11:00am

Zine-making with Sarah Mattews, Printmaker and Bookbinder

"Join printmaker and book artist Sarah Matthews for a zine-making workshop. Experiment with shapes, patterns, and designs inspired by artist books from the National Gallery of Art.

Sarah Matthews is a MA Art & the Book graduate from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Matthews also received an MBA with a Marketing Concentration in 2005 and a BS in Sociology in 2000 from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. Mrs. Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. Mrs. Matthews is currently the Alma Thomas Fellow at the Studio Gallery in Washington, DC. She currently teaches bookbinding and printmaking.


- two sheets of any paper 8.5 x 11 inches or larger
- various household scrap paper like newspaper, magazines, pattern paper, construction paper, or wrapping paper
- markers
- scissors
- glue stick or liquid glue
- pencil


National Gallery of Art

May 26, 2022 | 4:30pm

Who Belongs? A Conversation about the Long History of American Identity

"How can we characterize an American identity in a nation with such diversity? Conflicts around identity and race reveal that many Americans have a deep investment in drawing boundaries around national belonging. Our current cultural and political moment feels fragile, unstable, even dangerous to some, while others see opportunities to imagine American identity anew.

The history of this particularly fraught time in our national life dates back centuries. Though the United States often has been described as a nation of immigrants or a land of opportunity, the realities about who can define themselves as American—and who gets to decide—always have been more complicated than prevailing national myths about inclusion.

In this installment of 'Conversations at the Newberry,' two historians, Kathleen Belew and Erika Lee, share their research on the long histories of American identity, offering fresh perspectives on the forces that seek to expand or narrow understandings of what it means to be American. [...]"

The Newberry

May 26, 2022 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This Week in Lifelong Learning

A curated selection of learning opportunities happening this week.

All times are listed in (CST).

Only virtual events are listed.

Week of 05/22/22 - 05/28/22


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