Antibodies are always looking out for us, and this week we're taking a closer look at them. Antibody-based tests, vaccines, and drugs have...
With the academic year in full swing, schools across the country are beginning their first rounds of fire drills. Remember those? As alarms...
This rectangle of yellow cloth is small, only seven by nine inches, but it tells a much larger story. It begins in January 1917, when the...

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A brooch made of dimes
Don't forget to pick up a token of your affection for your valentine this year. Robyn Einhorn, a specialist in the museum's National...
A collection of sweetheart jewelry
Does your family own any jewelry from World War II? Curator Kathleen Golden shares a few sweet pieces from our collection.In honor of...
Wendy Williams
Ever wonder how the museum acquires all of its fantastic pop-culture memorabilia? Guest blogger Wendy Williams of The Wendy Williams...
Ice skates
Excited about the Winter Olympics? We indulge our Olympic fever with curator Jane Rogers, who shares a few favorite and less-expected...
Theologian and chemist Joseph Priestley immigrated to the United States in 1794 after a mob destroyed his house and laboratory in...
Grey Civil War coat with red detailing and gold buttons
It was December 21, 1864, a few days before Christmas. Colonel John S. Mosby had ridden from Richmond, Virginia, to Upper...
silver bowl with fancy handle
With the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks set to square off in the big game on Sunday, it's time to take a look at some more of our own...
Photo of a black purse with a short handle. It is rectangular and bulges in the middle as though it's full. A little worn around the edges. Metal buckle.
Intern Peter Olson interviewed Curators Nancy Davis and William Yeingst, whose exhibition Camilla's Purse reveals the previously...
Apple Macintosh (“classic” 128K version), 1984
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Apple's famous "1984" television ad that aired on January 22, 1984, during the third quarter of the...
The Museum of History and Technology (our previous name) was dedicated on today’s date 50 years ago, opening to the public on the following...
teapot
In honor of Benjamin Franklin's 307th birthday, curator Deborah Warner shares an experiment Franklin isn't known for—and, no, there's no...
Today is the 75th anniversary of the announcement that Vivien Leigh would play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Guest...
Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience and Program Design, reflects on the legacy of Civil Rights activist and friend, Franklin McCain...
Ganz holding microphone speaking to audience, wearing white shirt
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project, the Museum is hosting the National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer...
Three wooden wise men
Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio, curator of Latino History and Culture in the Home and Community Life division, and intern Jonathan Borda...
Titanic survivors in black and white photo
Are you one of Downton Abbey's many American fans? With the new fourth season airing here in the U.S. on PBS ...
Percy Medicine, 1996-1999. "For the relief of diarrhea, sour stomach, acid indigestion, heartburn, and upset stomach associated with overindulgence of food and drink." Orange packaging with a child's face.
On this first day of 2014, many of us will be looking forward to the New Year. Others will just be looking forward to recovering from the...
Students in the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center early childhood program make frequent visits to museum exhibitions. We...
Case of relics presented to General Winfield Scott Hancock by the people of Gettysburg in 1885
This year marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. As 2013 winds to a close, we thought it would be altogether fitting and proper to...
"O Say Can You See?" turned five this year. Like many five-year-olds, we ask a lot of questions. In fact, half of our top ten...
Two hundred and thirty years ago, on December 23, 1783, George Washington willingly resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the...
"One Man, One Vote" poster with photo of man in hat and overalls, black and white
Joy Lyman, one of the museum's Freedom School Scholars, will moderate the National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer on February 5, 2014. Joy...
Little girl paper puppet and wolf paper puppet
On December 13, 2013, the new Puppetry in America display case opens at the museum, highlighting a collection that curator Dwight...
Joy Lyman is a Freedom School Scholar at the National Museum of American History. In the course of her work on the 2014 National Youth...
How can you get the most out of a museum visit with your kids? Cynthia Raso of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center shares some tips...
Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience and Program Design, shares the rare opportunity he had to reflect on the legacy of Nelson...
Carte-de-visit of John S. Moby
A New Jersey Yankee now living in the area of Virginia known as "Mosby's Confederacy" during the Civil War, curator Kathleen Golden shares...
When was the last time you sat down to write a letter to someone? As National Letter Writing Day approaches on December 7, here's some...
He's watching you Darth helmet
The National Museum of American History's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation recently hosted its annual symposium,...
Portrait of Joseph Henry in suit
Today, scientists grapple with tension between two types of research: applied research that attempts to solve specific real-world problems...
The day after Thanksgiving is one of our highest visitation days of the year and many families bring along tiny bundles of joy. This made...
Have you ever wished that you could go behind-the-scenes here at the National Museum of American History and explore our vast collection of...
Illustrating of a pilgrim's hat, book, and ship on a Thanksgiving menu
On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the third Thursday...
This Thanksgiving marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Proclamation that established the national observance of the holiday....
Tintype of Union soldier Vidal Thom
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Project Manager Nanci Edwards shares a family letter from the Civil War, providing a glimpse into what the...
Soon after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, the president was memorialized in many ways, including through...
Radio
Fifty years ago tomorrow, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Curator Hal Wallace looks at how Americans would...
Tonight, we're hosting a dinner for this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian...
Kid at museum
Tempted to skip visiting museums until your toddler is older? Museum Fellow Sarah Erdman explains why she's taking her son to museums now....
"A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863" is plate number 36 in Gardner's Sketchbook of the War. Timothy O'Sullivan made the photograph with a wet plate collodion negative.
In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln refers to the "brave men, living and dead, who struggled here." An image such as "A Harvest of Death"...
Top hat, brown
If you're shopping for the holidays, don't miss The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects, a new book that highlights...
3 perfusion pumps
Judy Chelnick, a curator in the Division of Medicine and Science, chats with us about the museum's collection of artificial hearts and...
Color photograph of graveyard with white crosses, four trees, sun shining
Thinking about researching a relative's wartime experiences? Jeff Lowdermilk's story of researching his grandfather's military service may...
This Veterans Day weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Curator Karen Lee spoke...
Kelly Whitson, who works with our Division of Armed Forces History, shares the story of one object that captures the true spirit of...
Historic 3D photos can act as windows in time when employed at the spots where they were taken.
Garry Adelman's job is to bring Civil War history to life for those of us who only know it from black and white photographs in textbooks....
As a national museum, we serve students all over the country through lesson plans, interactive resources, and virtual field trips. Naomi...
When we here at the museum got our first look at the book Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection, we were awed by...

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