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2018 Smithsonian Craft Show Awards Ceremony and Preview Night Benefit

Part of the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show, enjoy its Exhibitor and Award Ceremony, recognizing Asian Influence-American Design Visionary Artist Foon Sham, renowned for his wood sculptures. Then, enjoy the Preview Night party with first-choice shopping, drinks, and a cocktail buffet. 

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft Show Daily Admission

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your ticket in advance (includes access to the day’s special event presentations).

Date
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friends Night Out at the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show

A special shopping experience for you and your friends. Meet Craft Show artists, sample signature drinks from celebrity mixologists, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. Ticket includes April 26 Craft Show admission, a cocktail, and a range of snacks.

Date
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
J.D. Vance: Hillbilly Elegy and After

Join J.D. Vance as he discusses Hillbilly Elegy, the national best-seller which grew from personal memoir into a story with national resonance, his experience in writing the book, and its effect on his career and his life. The ticket price includes a pre-signed copy of the new paperback edition of Hillbilly Elegy.

Date
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Glassmaking in Brooklyn: Past and Present
All-Day Tour

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass’s GlassBarge, a unique glassmaking demonstration barge docked in Brooklyn—where the company that grew into Corning International was originally located in the mid-19th century. A stop at the studios and galleries of UrbanGlass provides a glimpse of Brooklyn’s contemporary connection to the art and industry of glassmaking.

Date
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Designing the World of Hamilton

David Korin’s name may not be on the marquee, but his role in Hamilton is a major—and highly visible—one. The production designer for the show that has become a cultural phenomenon discusses the meticulous research, collaboration, and sheer hard work that went into creating and building every detail of the setting against which the musical plays out.

Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
More Than Just a Meal: Italian Cuisine as a Key to Culture

Learn how get the most out of a culinary-focused travel adventure in Italy as writer Elizabeth Minchilli reveals why food is the most authentic—and delicious—way to understand a country where fabulous cuisine is just as revered as its treasured artistic masterpieces.

Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Memorials In the 21st Century

In this memorial-laden city, it is easy to think of the various monuments as the only way to properly honor the historic figures to which they are dedicated. Martin Moeller, senior curator at The Building Museum, talks about the meaning of memorials, which often say more about the ethos of the era in which they are built than they do about the event or person being memorialized. 

Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Booth’s Escape Route
All-Day Tour

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night in 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer trace his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Weekend Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exploring Mars: What’s Next?

Join Kelly Beatty, senior editor for Sky & Telescope magazine, for an examination of the Red Planet from afar and up close—including a 3D tour that puts you right on the dusty Martian surface.

Date
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The European Civil War: 1900–1945

How would our understanding of European history change if the tumultuous events of the first half of the 20th century were considered a single, continent-wide civil war interrupted by a 20-year truce? Historian Kevin Matthews examines that perspective as a means of tracing the building blocks of the European Union and the struggle for domination between the Soviet Union and the United States in post-WWII Europe.

Date
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Thenceforward, and Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Historian Christopher Hamner explores the political, social, and military effects of the Emancipation Proclamation and what prompted Lincoln to make such a controversial and dramatic executive move as the second year of the Civil War came to a close.

Date
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Unnatural Selection: Katrina van Grouw’s Evolutionary Illustrations

Katrina van Grouw, natural science illustrator and author, fuses science and art in her beautifully illustrated new book, Unnatural Selection, which illuminates evolutionary patterns in wild and domestic animals.

Date
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Lost Texts Revealed: Ancient Manuscripts Meet High-Tech Imaging

Palimpsests—text and drawings on parchment that had been scraped off and overwritten—can hold secrets of the original writing beneath their surfaces for centuries. Michael B. Toth discusses how the international teams of researchers he leads use advanced imagining technologies to reclaim and share precious texts once thought lost forever.

Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Serengeti Spectacle

Veteran safari guide Russell Gammon brings to life the story of the world’s most massive animal movement: the annual migration of 1.2 million wildebeest across the savanna between Kenya and Tanzania as they follow life-giving rains.

Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
In the French Kitchen: Where Joie de Vivre Begins

After living in France for a quarter century, Susan Herrmann Loomis knows the essential secret of the country’s home cooks: a philosophy that combines a love of food with the pleasure of sharing it with family and friends. Join her as she serves up tips and techniques for creating simple but elegant meals in the Gallic culinary tradition.  

Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Historic Jamestown
All-Day Tour

Staff from the Jamestown Rediscovery project share the eloquent archeological story of life and death in North America’s first permanent British settlement during a visit to this fascinating research site.

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Afternoon Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle. 

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Four Giants of Spanish Painting: El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Miro

Art historian Nancy G. Heller focuses on a quartet of Spain’s most significant painters—unearthing their sources, analyzing their principal works, discussing the critical receptions of their pictures, and demonstrating their influences on later generations of visual artists, both within and beyond the borders of Spain. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Symphonies of Franz Schubert: Tradition and Innovation, Passion and Sentiment

Musicologist and pianist Daniel E. Freeman offers insights into the unique appeal of Schubert’s best symphonies and the musical environment from which they originated. He also provides tips on how to listen to these beloved works with a greater appreciation of the techniques that the composer used to create them.

Date
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Science and Culture of Bread

What makes a pain de mie fluffy, a baguette crisp, or a loaf of sourdough chewy? Nora Velazco and Omar Quazi, head bread bakers at the Mount Vernon shop called a baked joint, offer the answers as they share their passion for bread making and its science, history, and rich cultural traditions.

Date
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Become a More Curious Traveler

Travel expert Christine van Blokland is ready to change the way you travel. The Emmy-winning host of PBS’s “Curious Traveler” series offers strategies to help you approach a new city exactly as she does when producing her show: as a mystery to be solved.

Date
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
U.S.–China Relations: Looking Ahead

A panel moderated by Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, examines a relationship between nations that has transitioned from an era of engagement to one of mutual suspicion and testing as they vie to shape global practices to suit contrasting social and political systems.

Date
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Istanbul Unveiled

It is a city of mystery, a city of wonders, and a city whose history is unlike any other. Let Serif Yenen, a travel specialist, be your guide as he highlights some iconic places to visit as well as those waiting to be discovered in this storied city.

Date
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Smithsonian High and Low

Meet two scientists whose research on ecosystems takes them from the tops of the forest canopy to the ocean floor: Chris Meyer, research zoologist and curator of marine invertebrates at the Natural History Museum, and Jess Parker, senior scientist in forest ecology at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. 

Date
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Exploring Anatolia: A Turkish Odyssey

Anatolia’s colorful history has left a windfall of riches—ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces. Serif Yenen, a Turkish travel specialist and author, examines some of these cultural gems. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Habsburg Legacy

The world is still dealing with the troublesome remains of the Habsburgs’ 400-year-old empire, whose abrupt removal from the heart of Europe drove many of the catastrophes of the 20th century. Historian Charles Ingrao examines the challenges that have been met and those that still confront us in coming to terms with that legacy. 

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Weekend Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle.

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Germany’s Path From Despotism to Democracy

Historian Charles Ingrao traces the influences and leaders that shaped Germany’s governmental evolution from the 18th century, in which authoritarianism co-existed with Enlightenment-era values, through the dictatorships and totalitarianism that gave way to today’s model democracy.

Date
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Discovering Modern Architecture: From Art Nouveau to Post-Modernism

Art historian Karin Alexis presents an overview of styles from the late 19th century to the present, focusing on pivotal structures, seminal architects, and the cultural context and influences that inspired the creative spirit of architecture rooted in the Machine Age. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Judy Garland: Climbing Over the Rainbow

Her decades of stardom and struggle were marked by bouts of alcohol and drug abuse, multiple divorces, and career swings, but Judy Garland remains one of the greatest interpreters of American popular song. American music specialist Robert Wyatt explores highlights from her extraordinary life with clips from her movies and televion specials.

Date
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
North to Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore
All-Day Tour

Harriett Tubman’s childhood knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Shore played an essential role as she ferried more than 70 people to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Uncover the saga of Tubman’s life as nurse, scout, and spy by exploring significant sites in the region where she was raised—and that shaped her dreams of freedom and equality.

Date
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st Century

Director Jack Marshall and friends explore how Gilbert and Sullivan’s genius still adapts easily to contemporary issues and art forms, resonates with modern audiences, and is reflected in the roots of America’s own distinctive theatrical form, the musical.

Date
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.
An Evening with Gourmet Symphony: Musical World’s Fare at the Arts and Industries Building

Enjoy a night of fine cuisine, wine, and gorgeous music with Gourmet Symphony in the historic Arts and Industries Building. Inspired by the building’s connection to America’s first world’s fair, both the menu and the musical program celebrate a mix of international influences.

Date
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Niagara Falls: A Summer Spectacular
3-Day Tour

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

Date
Depart: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota: Badlands, Bison, and the Making of a Conservationist
5-Day Tour

The rugged landscape of western North Dakota was the setting against which Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old into a robust outdoorsman—and a passionate lifelong conservationist. Experience that corner of the West—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary 5-day tour that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

Date
Depart from Bismarck, ND: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Return to Bismarck, ND: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.