Slideshow: 2010 Year in Review

Phew! That’s all I can say about compiling the highlights from another remarkable year at the museum.

We kicked off the year in style, with Southern Living magazine announcing in January that their readers voted us the Best Museum in D.C.! Over the course of 12 months, the museum welcomed more than 4 million visitors. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and special events inspired people from across the country and around the world to visit and see for themselves the treasured objects that help tell the stories of our nation’s past.

[Don't see the slideshow above? View the images on Flickr.]

It was a year of historical anniversaries. Among other events, we commemorated:

The museum collects artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve for the American people an enduring record of their past. In 2010 we collected a range of fascinating objects, including (in no particular order):

This year we webcasted more events than ever before. Video from seven events is available online, including:

In addition to these very special events, millions of visitors continued to enjoy daily theatrical programming. These programs, such as Join the Student Sit-ins, bring objects and historical events to life and encourage audience participation and discussion.

Highlights from the 2010 slate of exhibitions include:

And that’s not all! We hosted several citizenship ceremonies with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, helped a creative young man with his marriage proposal, launched an incredible new online resource featuring all 2,500 pages of William Steinway’s Diary, and invited you to vote for your favorite car in our Race to the Museum poll.

How on earth are we able to accomplish so many amazing things in the span of 365 days? With hardworking staff and critical support from our generous donors. If you’d like to help us prepare for an exciting 2011, you can make a donation before midnight on Friday and benefit from a 2010 tax deduction. Let’s make history together!

Dana Allen-Greil is the new media project manager at the National Museum of American History.

Posted at 10:46 am EST in From the Collections,Musings,Public Programs