Brazil’s National Museum Fire

On September 2, a hot Sunday in Central Brazil, I saw the incredible images of an enormous fire rapidly consuming the National Museum of Brazil—a building that is itself protected as heritage. The building was the residence of the Portuguese royal family and was transformed into the first house of science in Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century.

Your Fieldwork and Thinking Lives On

It is getting ever easier to share something valuable from fieldwork or writings sparked by those materials, whether you are early, middle, or late career. But particularly in those retrospective moments around the time of retirement, the idea comes to mind of sifting some things out to donate to an archivist at your alma mater, workplace, or a national repository like the vast space at the Smithsonian Institution.