an audacious idea 

to grow and broadcast more knowledge than the world had ever seen 

with an eye to the future 

that dream was the Smithsonian 

your Smithsonian

expanding the portrait of a people

revealing the building blocks of life

to discover new species 

and save those we already know

a knowledge powerhouse with purpose

and a community mindset 

inspiring a new generation to learn from the past

speak up 

be civic

serve a nation

so that together we can step  into the future with optimism

no dreams deferred