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The Smithsonian connection

April 1, 2010

Between 1997 and 2003, I worked at the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution. We were part of the Anthropology Department in the Natural History Museum. I do not mind admitting how much I miss working there. Such a remarkable group of colleagues, dedicated and broad-minded.

One of the last things I did before leaving there was to arrange an agreement between the town of Reykjanesbaer and the Natural History Museum which allowed a large portion of the exhibition Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga to be on long term loan to the town of Reykjanesbaer. The township had just purchased the Viking ship Islendingur, and so the mayor of the town and I quickly agreed that this exhibition would be the perfect complement to the ship.

Although I have a tiny piece of the Smithsonian with me here in Iceland, I still miss the colleagues and the comradery. So I am looking forward to this online conference. Though I have been able to keep up with the goings on of my immediate coworkers, there are so many others doing neat things that are also fun to hear about. This also seems to me to be a good use of technology and outreach. I hope it works out well for everyone!

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