The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Are you looking for a new recipe for your Thanksgiving feast? How about an older one from the Archives?
Thirty years ago, the docents at the National Museum of Natural History came together to publish a cookbook (learn more in this previous blog post). It includes many recipes for side dishes and desserts that would be perfect accompaniments to a holiday dinner. With Thanksgiving a few days away and half of a Hubbard squash sitting in my refrigerator, I decided to try the Gourmet Golden Squash recipe submitted by Shirley Adams, a docent with the Junior Highlights group.
Gourmet Golden Squash
- 12 cups - Cubed Pared Hubbard Squash
- 1/4 cup - Butter or Margarine
- 2 cups - Dairy Sour Cream
- 1 cup - Finely Chopped Onion
- 2 teaspoon - Salt
- 1/2 cup - Milk
Place squash in saucepan with small amount of boiling salted water. Cover, cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain squash and add remaining ingredients; mash. Mound mixture into 2-quart casserole. Bake in 400 degree oven 20-30 minutes or until heated. Serves 12.
Peeling and chopping the thick-skinned squash required a lot of effort and the recipe only required about one-quarter of a Hubbard. Butternut squash, either whole or pre-chopped, might be a good alternative to save time and minimize leftover squash. Otherwise this recipe was rather easy.
So how was it? I brought the finished dish to the office for a taste test. The general consensus was that it was a little too tangy. If you try this at home, I would recommend reducing the amount of sour cream and adding some black pepper or other spices.
- A Recipe: Elephant Hide and Ivory, The Bigger Picture blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 10-239 - National Museum of Natural History, Office of Education and Outreach, Docent Program Records, 1974-2004, Smithsonian Institution Archives
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- A reimagined National Mall, as told by artist, Sam Durant's Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C., which is on exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [via Unframed blog, LACMA]
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- The Great War is a video series that will document how World War I unfolded, week-by-week, for the next 4 years. [via OpenCulture]
- Talk about a handful - A look at raising red pandas by hand at the National Zoo. [via Smithsonian Science]
Last week the Smithsonian announced a new plan for the South Mall side of the National Mall, which includes the Smithsonian Castle, the Arthur M. Sacker Gallery, the National Museum of African Art, the S. Dillon Ripley International Center, the Enid A. Haupt Garden, the Arts & Industries Building, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Historically the area has played host to a variety of functions and buildings, specifically the South Yard, located behind the Smithsonian Castle, lies in between the Arts and Industries Building and the Freer Gallery of Art and has been the location for a variety of things over the years. In the late 19th century, one could find several small buildings for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Taxidermy Studio, National Zoological Park, and Aerodrome Studio. After World War I, a Quonset hut housed the National Air Museum (today, the National Air and Space Museum), next to the Radiation Biology Laboratory (today, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center) greenhouses. In 1976, the South Yard was converted to a Victorian Garden to welcome visitors. In the 1980s, the area was excavated to create the Quadrangle Complex, with underground buildings for the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the S. Dillon Ripley International Center. Pavilion entrances to these buildings are nestled within the Enid A. Haupt Garden.
Adapted from The South Yard online exhibition, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Cost - $73.2 million (including $36.6 million in federal appropriations)
- From Start to Opening - From formal groundbreaking on June 21, 1983 to formal opening, September 28, 1987: 1560 days
- Dimensions - Garden: 4.2 acres; Total complex: 360,000 square feet, including the above-ground pavillions; 96% of the complex is below ground.
- The South Yard, online exhibition, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Historic Images of the South Yard of the Smithsonian Institution Building from the Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 89-136 - Smithsonian Institution, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Quadrangle Records, 1984-1987, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 95-025 - Smithsonian Institution, Office of Development, Quadrangle Campaign Records, 1979-1986, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 93-097 - Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Public Inquiry Mail Service, Quadrangle Funding Project Patrons' Register, 1987-1991, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 88-145 - Office of Facilities Services, Project Files, 1984-1987, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 09-161 - Office of Facilities Services, Project Files, 1965-1984, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 03-026 - Office of Telecommunications, Productions, 1982-1983, 1987, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Record Unit 410 - Office of Public Affairs, Publicity Records, circa 1965-1974, 1987, Smithsonian Institution Archives
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