Games + Books
Slide 0: Brontosaurus Footstool
Sturdy and well-balanced, this hand carved acacia wood Brontosaurus Footstool—charmingly hand painted with a friendly brontosaurus—gives kids the boost they want and need to reach toothbrushes, snacks, a favorite book, and more. Ages 3 and up.
Slide 1: National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globetrotting Journey Through the World of Beer
National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globetrotting Journey Through the World of Beer
National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globetrotting Journey Through the World of Beer is the ultimate beer lover's guide. Overflowing with stunning photography, unique drinking destinations, and inside knowledge from brewers and bar owners around the globe, this extraordinary compendium from "Beer geographers" Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson includes more beers and more countries than any other book of its kind. Includes beer recommendations from Garrett Oliver, renowned brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery. Travel tips include the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location. Smart, compelling, and practical, this essential guide will help you discover the best beer wherever you are.
Slide 2: Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms
In Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms discover how Norman Rockwell's paintings of FDR's Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear—changed public perception, rallying millions of people to support the War effort. This pivotal American story of art inspiring a national movement drives home the power of illustrations to communicate ideas.
Slide 3: The American Vice Presidency
The American Vice Presidency
The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power is an all-inclusive examination of the vice presidency over the course of American history. Acclaimed political journalist and author Jules Witcover chronicles each of the 47 vice presidents, including their personal biographies and their achievements—or lack thereof—during their vice presidential tenures. He explores how the roles and responsibilities were first subject to the whims of the presidents under whom they served, but came in time to be expanded by enlightened chief executives and the initiatives of the vice presidents themselves.
Slide 4: How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Wendy Melillo, authors the first book to explore the history of the Ad Council and their campaigns that brought public service announcements to the nation through the mass media. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America explores the issues and campaigns that have been paramount to the nation's collective memory and looks at challenges facing public service campaigns in the current media environment.
Slide 5: With Schwarzkopf
With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear is Gus Lee's remembrance of his mentor and friend H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Nearing the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf's deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of the wayward cadet, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man.
Slide 6: The Value of the Moon
The Value of the Moon
While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources, lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the Moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and development and a participant in and beneficiary of a new lunar economy. Throughout his work, Spudis incorporates details about man's fascination with the Moon and its place in our shared history. He also explores its religious, cultural, and scientific resonance and assesses its role in the future of spaceflight and our national security and prosperity.
Slide 7: Objects of Devotion
Objects of Devotion
Objects of Devotion: Religion in Early America tells the story of religion in the United States through the material culture of diverse spiritual pursuits in the nation's colonial period and the early republic. The beautiful companion volume to a Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibition, the book explores the wide range of religious traditions vying for adherents, acceptance, and a prominent place in the public square from the 1630's to the 1840's. Objects of Devotion emphasizes how religion can be understood through the objects, both rare and everyday, around which Americans of every generation have organized their communities and built this nation.
Slide 8: The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
In The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Religion's Role in the FDR Presidency, religion journalist and author Christine Wicker establishes that faith was at the heart of everything Roosevelt wanted for the American people. This powerful book is the first in-depth look at how one of America's richest, most patrician presidents became a passionate and beloved champion of the downtrodden—and took the country with him. During times so hard that the country would have followed him anywhere, he summoned the better angels of the American character in ways that have never been surpassed.
Slide 9: Art of the Airport Tower
Art of the Airport Tower
Art of the Airport Tower is a photographic journey to airports in the U.S. and around the world. This book, the companion volume to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum exhibition of the same name, explores 85 historic and contemporary airport towers through more than 100 fine art photographs by Carolyn Russo. Russo's striking photographs capture these features, and informative captions describe their architectural, cultural, and technological significance. An introduction by Smithsonian commercial aviation expert F. Robert van der Linden tells the history of airport towers to contextualize Russo's work. Art of the Airport Tower is a stunning book that brings a heightened awareness to the architectural beauty and historical significance of these structures.
Slide 10: Smithsonian Rock and Roll
Smithsonian Rock and Roll
In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin' places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated in Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen. There are early photographs of everyone from Run-D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen before.
Slide 11: The Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America
In 1904, Elizabeth Price Martin founded the Garden Club of Philadelphia. In 1913, twelve garden clubs in the eastern and central United States signed an agreement to form the Garden Guild. The Garden Guild would later become the Garden Club of America (GCA), celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. GCA is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. The Garden Club of America: 100 Years of a Growing Legacy is a centennial celebration of strong women who nurtured the country, helped spread the good word of gardening, and continue to plant seeds of awareness.