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 Smithsonian Soils Exhibit


The State Soils Smithsonian Soils Exhibit Project will be outstanding in increasing the awareness in education of the youth about the importance of soils and their many uses. The Soil Science Society of America is one of the lead organizations with assistance of the Agronomic Science Foundation in working to raise $3 million to establish a soils exhibit in the Smithsonian Natural Museum of History. Each state is being asked to participate at the cost of $10,000 to support a soil monolith for their state soil.

The purpose of this section is to post activity of state soil societies/associations, SSSA, Agronomic Science Foundation and other involved in making the Smithsonian Soils Exhibit a reality.

The lead web site in learning about this Smithsonian Soils Exhibit is at:

Updates on the Smithsonian Soils Exhibit

From June 2008

Congratulations to each of you!!! The soil science community has collectively accomplished an outstanding feat. The individual state soil monoliths collected for the Soil Survey Centennial Celebration in 1999 will be a major component of the “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” display July 19, 2008 at the Smithsonian’s Natural Museum of Natural History.

Sara Uttech, Communication Manager at the Soil Science Society of America office in Madison, WI has requested that each state soil association/society be proactive in publishing information about the Smithsonian’s “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” in your newsletter. You may use any of the attached information as is in your newsletter and or modify it to include information about your individual state soil and productive work to assist in funding the tremendous soils project.

Three documents are attached for your use in notifying your membership and to include in your newsletters.

  1. Note from Sarah to myself about the new Smithsonian Soils Exhibit. Note includes some excellent web sites for reference.
  2. A news release from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
  3. An Exhibition Fact Sheet – “DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil”

New publication “SOIL! Get the Inside Scoop” (posted 06/30/08)

This publication is written for children aged 9-12, 36-pages, and full-color. This is an outstanding book telling how soil is part of our life. List price is $20.00 or $16.00 for members. This publication was designed to compliment the ”Dig It! The Secrets of Soil”, a 5,000 square foot exhibition opening to the public July 19, 2008, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (information sheet and order form).

from June 2007

2008 Opening Preview at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings in New Orleans from Paul G. Kamps, Development Officer, Soil Science Society of America.

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil -- Preview of soils exhibit to be held in New Orleans on November 7.  Place the Smithsonian Soils Exhibit: 2008 Opening Preview at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings in New Orleans on your must-attend event list, Nov. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Convention Center, Room 230. The 5,000 square foot exhibit on soils will open in July, 2008, at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit or

from March 2007

From Paul G. Kamps, Development Officer, SSSA. Highlights:

  • July, 2008 is Smithsonian committed opening date of this soils exhibit.
  • Funding - $2.1 million toward the $2.5 million goal for DC soils exhibit met.
Three Document of Interest to All are:
  1. Additional sponsorship opportunities still available! (doc, one page)
  2. A Milestone Chart on design time frame as the soils exhibit moves from today (2007) toward the July, 2008 opening. (doc, one page)
  3. Eight excellent color illustrations of what of what this outstanding soils exhibit will look like on opening day in July, 2008. (pdf, eight colored pages)

The small state soil profiles used above, and the images from the photo collage (Soils All Around Us) are all courtesy of USDA NRCS. Click here to learn more about the images.
State Soils

Nebraska Soil Profile (Holdrege)Did you know that each US state has an official state soil? Learn more from the USDA NRCS State Soils web site.

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