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Star Wars: The Magic of Myth

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the movies that captivated the nation, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum has launched this companion site to an exhibit that opened October 31, 1997, and is scheduled to run for one year. Interpreting the Star Wars Trilogy as a Joseph Campbell story (Hero With a Thousand Faces), the virtual exhibit is composed of seventeen "chapters"...

https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/star-wars/online/
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Devoted entirely to issues related to migratory birds, this site provides broad and accessable information on the millions of songbirds that breed in the U.S. and Canada and spend the winter in Latin America and the Caribbean. John Sterling maintains this site which contains seven fact sheets that discuss the relationship between migratory birds and coffee, insect consumption, the importance of...

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds
Integrated Taxonomic Information System

Six US federal agencies have worked together to develop an efficient system for naming and classifying all of nature's living organisms. As the basic currency of scientific research, management, and education, ITIS is "a database of the current names and classifications of all biota." The website is organized into three main sections: About ITIS (general overview), Data Access (how to query the...

https://www.itis.gov/mou.html
Devi: The Great Goddess

An online companion to an exhibition of the same name at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, this new site explores the six aspects of the Indian Goddess Devi (cosmic force, dayini, heroine, local protector, semi-divine, and woman saints). With annotated images, brief texts, and numerous hyperlinked glossary terms, the exhibit provides background on the...

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-great-goddess-dev...
How Things Fly

Provided by the National Air and Space Museum, this site allows users to visit the special exhibit How Things Fly. In How Do Things Fly? the following topics are discussed in a question and answer format: Can you fly?, Air is "stuff"!, Balloons, Animal flight, Airplanes, and Spacecraft. The physics behind flight for each topic is at a general level, making this site an excellent source for K-12...

https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/how-things-fly
Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969, humans took their first steps on the moon. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing through this Website. The site is divided into three main sections: Anniversary Events, Exhibitions, and Apollo Online. The latter is a great source for information on the history and significance of the mission. Also through the...

https://airandspace.si.edu/events/apollo11/
Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974

This new site from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History highlights the work of photographer Fred Maroon, who was granted unusual access to the Nixon Whitehouse for nine months in 1970 to take photos for a behind-the-scenes book. After the book was published, Maroon was invited to record the President's reelection campaign, and continued to document the Watergate proceedings over the...

https://americanhistory.si.edu/maroon/
National Anthropological Archives

"The National Anthropological Archives collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's cultures and the history of the discipline." The NAA site is an excellent means to accomplish the first stage of anthropological archival research from a remote location. Their online Guide to the Collections of the National Anthropological Archives includes...

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/anthropology
Smithsonian: Science Service Historical Image Collection, 1926-1976

This collection of images with their original captions from Science Service -- a leading institution for the popularization of science through magazines, bulletins, and newswires for 50 years -- gives users insight into the presentation and status of scientific research from the rise of electrical technology through the modern nuclear age. The collection includes hundreds of images that can be...

https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/science-service-h...
The Star-Spangled Banner Preservation Project

This recently expanded site from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is intended to serve as "the most comprehensive on-line resource about the 186-year-old banner, which inspired the words to the National Anthem." The site offers a number of illustrated short essays, tracing the history of the flag and the national anthem and preservation efforts over the years. It also features...

https://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/preservation-pro...
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