Backstage Pass at the Smithsonian Libraries

Backstage at the Smithsonian Libraries is part of Wikipedia Loves Libraries, an international Library and Wikipedia lovefest that goes from October through early November.

This event comprises three components: New Editor Training, Backstage Pass to the National Museum of Natural History, and an Editathon. If you have a laptop please bring it, there are a few desktops in the Museum's library but they are a little separated from the rest of the group.

Since the event takes place in a backstage portion of the museum security requires the names of the people coming, if you don't want to reveal your name email it to one of the organizers along with what user you are signing under. Also, please don't forget to bring a Photo ID to get through security the day of! Because the name list needs to get to security before the event and the number of people will be restricted, those interested in coming should sign up as soon as possible, registration will close October 11 or when 20 people have signed up, whichever comes first.

For more detailed information on the event, including fleshed out schedule and tour information please go to


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  • friend of Smokey the Bear

    i see my name on the list at the URL with the schedule and tour information. my question is, along with a photo ID, like my MD driver license, do i need to bring anything printed? i don't recall receiving any RSVP confirmation for this gig ... thank you for helping me ...

    October 10, 2012

    • Lisa Marrs

      Nope, all you need to bring (besides your laptop) is a photo id. Just make sure you've given us your real name, security will check the name on the id alongside the list of names we will give them.

      October 10, 2012

  • Sara

    Hi all! Just wanted to clarify a couple of important things about this event. 1. The location is the Main Library (NOT Baird Auditorium) inside the National Museum of Natural History. 2. We are meeting at the Constitution Avenue entrance of the museum at 9:30 sharp. Photo ID and your advance RSVP are strictly required. Note that this is before the museum opens to the public, so you need to be escorted inside by our staff. If you are late, you risk missing out on the event!

    3. There is a page for sign ups and everything you need to know at­. Please visit that page. I am adding the names of RSVPs from to that master list. Attendees are limited to 20 people; after 20 you will be put on a waiting list.

    4. If questions come up, or your plans change at the last minute, keep up informed by emailing [masked] or calling [masked] to let up know! Thanks!

    October 7, 2012

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