After 2 1/2 months in the Artic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum it is time to move on to the second half of my fellowship project. So the last day of June we flew ten hours south to Washington D.C. where I will reside in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and look at how they and other Smithsonian museums down here work with source communities on digitization and making collections more useful.
And if Alaska is a big state, D.C. is quite overwhelming when it comes to number and sizes of museums!
Anchorage Museum is a pleasing “just-big-enough” and not so old museum, with an interesting mix of art, history and science. The NMNH is of course one of these huge and old mazes of a museum -yet buzzing with life, people and projects- and then across the National Mall I will look at National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and on the Mall itself the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
So getting lost and possibly melting into the hot summer air of DC, here I come:)