Events & Programs

  • Harvest of Empire

    Join the Museum and the Smithsonian Latino Center for a free screening of the award-winning, 2012 feature-length documentary about migration to the U.S. Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • Smithsonian Chamber Music

    The Axelrod Quartet presents a program of works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Oct. 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m.; pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets required.
  • Hands-on carts

    Get your hands on history at one of our interactive carts. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Daily at the Museum.

This Day In History

September 30, 1962

Today in 1962: Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez, seen in this informational poster, founds the United Farm Workers of America.

Video: TR's Vole Specimens

Long before he was U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt was a naturalist. In our newest Founding Fragments episode, host Tory Altman talks with Darrin Lunde of the National Museum of Natural History's Division of Mammals about one particular vole that is viewed by historians and scientists in two very different ways.

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