Well, things are rolling now. The installation for the exhibition "Whales: From Bone to Book" is nearly complete, and if you're in the area, you can see it in person. (Speaking as its lead curator, it's a lot of fun to see it up finally).
The exhibit's website is now open as well, hosted by Smithsonian Libraries. On this site you will be able to search Smithsonian's online collections for original literature relating to the exhibit, see examples of pen-and-ink illustrations featured on the exhibit, and read some fun articles. Also, there is a short link to the June 6th symposium. In the future, we will swap out modules to keep things lively, so check back for updates.
The Smithsonian Libraries, which is leading the exhibition, has more details on their blog about the literature displayed in the exhibit, including over 400 year old books, and key publications in the history of cetology. Check it out! Smithsonian Science is also covering the exhibition too.
From Magnus Olaus' 1557 work Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus. Read it online or see the original book in person at the exhibition!
From Pierre-Joseph van Beneden and Paul Gervais’s Ostéographie des cétacés, a classic 19th century work that is still used by modern researchers.