Manufacturing at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival begins today on the Mall here in Washington, a two-week event that’s always worth checking out. Every year the festival offers three areas, three themes: a state or region; a foreign country; and something else, usually scientific and institutional. Inevitably some of the lectures, demonstrations, performances or displays highlight manufacturing in one form or another.

This year the three themes are Texas, NASA and Bhutan. Doubt the Bhutanese will be emphasizing their industrial base, but there’s obviously some good manufacturing connections with Texas and NASA. In fact, for NASA….

·     Aeronautics
·     Earth Science
·     Future Missions
·     Human Spaceflight
·     Kids' Space
·     NASA-derived Technologies
·     Propulsion
·     Robotics
·     Space Art
·     Space Science

We’ll also admit to being excited by….

June 27 Friday
Opry House 6:00 pm
Texas Songsters
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines
Joe Ely and Joel Guzman

Because the road goes on forever and the party never ends.

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): Here’s NASA’s news release. Featuring astronauts!

NASA presenters at the festival include Deputy Administrator Shana Dale, Johnson Space Center Director and astronaut Michael Coats, Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier, “Rocket Boys” author Homer Hickam, NASA Chief Historian Steven Dick, Goddard Space Flight Center Chief Scientist James Garvin, current astronauts Frederick (Rick) Sturckow, Carl Walz, Pat Forester, Sunita Williams and former astronauts Ken Reightler, Pierre Thuot, Jan Davis, Tom Jones, Joe Edwards, Charlie Walker, William Readdy, Brian O’Connor and Loren Shriver.

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