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  • Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist

    Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist
    Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into...
  • The Fight Continues Over Bridgeport Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead and His Place in the History Books

    The Fight Continues Over Bridgeport Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead and His Place in the History Books
    The cast of potential characters in a movie about Bridgeport aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead, who was reported in an August 1901 article in a Bridgeport paper to have flown in a powered aircraft, two years before the Wright brothers flew, gets longer...
  • Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age

    Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age
    G. Wayne Clough, who announced Wednesday that he will step down as the head of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014, arrived at the museums at a time when it was threatened by scandals and a crumbling infrastructure. Clough, a civil engineer...
  • Smithsonian Institution head will retire in 2014

    When G. Wayne Clough began his tenure as head of the Smithsonian Institution in July 2008, he asked himself the question, "What will the Smithsonian be in 500 years?" The answer? It's still not entirely clear. But as Clough prepares to retire from his...
  • Spy Museum eyes new space at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

    Spy Museum eyes new space at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.
    The International Spy Museum could soon be on the move. The popular Washington, D.C., attraction is looking to set up shop in the nearby historic Carnegie Library. Museum officials and the city's convention center authority will propose a...
  • Carol G. Hjortsberg, educator

    Carol G. Hjortsberg, educator
    Carol G. Hjortsberg, former head of Grace Episcopal Day School and author of a history of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, died March 27 from complications of diabetes at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She was 69. "Carol was very...
  • Was the First Airplane Actually Invented in Connecticut?

    Was the First Airplane Actually Invented in Connecticut?
    There are probably people at the Smithsonian Institution who wish they hadn't bothered to hire John Brown to help them research a television documentary. Brown is a U.S.-educated Australian living in Germany, a project manager for an aircraft...
  • Civil War Anniversary Commemorated at Harford Libraries

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War, Harford County Public Library is hosting Civil War 150, a series of events including visits from bestselling authors of books about the Civil War, book discussion...
  • Hopi masks auctioned in Paris amid outrage and legal objections

    This post has been corrected. See below for details. The gavel came down on 70 sacred Hopi Indian masks at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Friday, generating $1.2 million for the owners and auctioneers – and anger and emotional cries from...
  • Obama's arts budget plan goes beyond restoring 'sequester' cuts

    President Obama’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year would boost federal arts spending 10%  above where it stands at the moment, lifting it to $1.58 billion for the 2013-14 budget year that begins Oct. 1 and more than compensating for cuts...
  • Smithsonian Institution to temporarily close some art galleries

    Smithsonian Institution to temporarily close some art galleries
    Because of budget cuts mandated by the federal sequestration, the Smithsonian Institution will begin closing galleries in some art museums to the public. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said Tuesday in a news release that the temporary closings would...