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It’s 1:30 p.m. and you’ve already spent three hours at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. You want to keep exploring, but that pesky human condition called hunger is sending you for a snack. Unfortunately, the restaurant facilities at the museum are overcrowded and out-of-date, a problem Smithsonian’s Board of Regents discussed at their meeting in January 1986. Join a crowd of #volunpeers in transcribing their recommendations for food services and other issues facing the Smithsonian, including loaning “national treasures,” preparing for VIP guests, and helping rescue Mexico’s cultural artifacts after a devastating earthquake.
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Every year, Valentine’s Day gives us an excuse to evaluate characteristics we really value in people. If you like someone who has neat handwriting, takes meticulous, detail-orientated notes, and likes long walks to the Department of Fishes, Smithsonian curator Tarleton H. Bean would have been your match in 1882. Assist us in transcribing the curators' reports, which will give researchers a thorough glimpse into the goings on in the ichthyology department in 1882.
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Did a new specimen of fish from your state make its way into the Smithsonian collections in 1883? The Smithsonian Department of Fishes accessioned 108 specimens in its collections, and the highest number was 8 fishes from New York. One discovery from Long Island, New York was a never-before-seen species in the United States. Help transcribe Tarleton H. Bean’s curators' report to see if the Smithsonian acquired anything from your home state!
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What did you want to be when you grew up? A firefighter? A pianist? An artist who specializes in sketching fish species? In the 1884 curators’ report from the Department of Fishes, curator Tarleton H. Bean charts the number of fish drawings, totaling 117 sketches for the year, made by staff each month. Bean congratulated the museum for hiring Miss Mary M. Smith, whom he credits for many of the illustrations. Assist us in transcribing the report to give researchers a better understanding of Smithsonian employees and their work.