VSFS Intern Spotlight: Georeferencing Bosnian Cultural Sites

By Zorana Knezevic, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg As a VSFS (Virtual Student Federal Service) intern for the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative this semester, I have been developing a dataset of cultural heritage destruction events for for Bosnia & Herzegovina. Most recently, my teammates and I have finished searching the Factiva Global News Database for[…]

Cliff of Bandiagara – A Unique (and at Risk) World Heritage Site

By Alyson Miller, New York University I have learned about many cultural heritage sites throughout my time as a Virtual Student Federal Service Intern with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, the physically largest of which is the Cliff of Bandiagara. A UNESCO world heritage site encompassing 4000 square kilometers in the Mopti region of Mali,[…]

Photograph of the port town Ebeltoft, Denmark, from Wikimedia Commons at

Glass Museums in Denmark

By Jenna Rinalducci, George Mason University While researching the museums in Denmark, I have been amazed by the number and variety of cultural institutions. Denmark is 16,573 square miles, approximately the size of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Despite its size, it has over 600 museums. This high number is a testament to support from the government[…]

This image of Eamon de Valera in 1922 is from the National Photo Company collection at the Library of Congress.

Intern Spotlight: Georeferenced Cultural Repository Inventory at the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

By Mary Ellen Pethel, Ph.D. Harpeth Hall School, History Department Chair, Digital Humanities Coordinator Belmont University, Honors Department Adjunct, Global Leadership Studies Fellow Over the last three weeks I began working in earnest on the Georeferenced Cultural Repository Inventory as an online intern for the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. This internship satisfies the semester requirement[…]