Editors' pick

S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution


Cathy Barrow

The Post Food section's Canning Class columnist and the author of "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry," will lead a class on canning and preserving

Holiday Decorating, White House Style

Holiday decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke shares behind-the-scenes stories and decorating tips in "Holiday Decorating, White House Style," presented by the Smithsonian Associates. Burke will discuss the personal styles and interests of recent first ladies and offer practical advice on adapting White House traditions to your own celebrations. And after the seminar, Burke will sign copies of her book "Christmas With the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition From Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama." -- Peggy McGlone

A New Journey Through A Christmas Carol

It's a much-loved Yuletide tradition, but Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" is more than a great holiday read. Using the text and clips from modern movie versions, scholar Daniel Gifford will unlock the novel's message for America in his Smithsonian lecture. -- Peggy McGlone

Editorial Review

Named for the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian, this copper-topped round building seems small from the outside. But descend a spiral staircase and you'll find a gallery, performance space and offices.

Discovery Theater, an educational children's theater company, performs on the third floor. Performances run Tuesdays through Friday mornings, September through July. See http://discoverytheater.si.edu for more information.

Performances and lectures organized by the Smithsonian Associates Program often take place in the building as well. The International Gallery offers changing exhibits.

Administrative offices for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the International Center and the Smithsonian Associates are also housed here.

(Updated July 11, 2007)