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This Day In History

August 20, 1833
Today in 1833: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, is born. His wife supported his "America first" economic policy by wearing this American-made gown to his inaugural ball.

Video: 1965 Mustang

What word would you use to describe a vintage Mustang? How about "awesome"? In our newest Founding Fragments episode, host Tory Altman talks with associate curator of road transportation Roger B. White about the combination of looks, affordability, and driving experience that made the original pony car an icon.

From our Blog

As objects representing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning history enter the museum's collection...
Fans and friends of Julia Child will pause today, as they do every year on August 15, to remember the beloved icon of American culinary...
By Curator Paul F. Johnston On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened for business with the passage of the American...

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