What does a world-famous musician put under the tree for the woman he loves . . . when he happens to be married to someone else?In the case...
In April 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish American objects in our collections...
Thanksgiving 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Proclamation that established the national observance of the holiday....

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Button with "National AIDS Vigil" text in white on black background
Editor's Note: This is the fifth post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning last June 3, the National...
As longtime players in the entertainment business and the two masterminds behind the critically acclaimed television series Rescue Me,...
Chromolithograph, from about 1893, of Columbus bidding farewell to the queen of Spain on his departure for the New World in 1492. Courtesy...
Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a series featuring additional context about "So Much Need of Service": The Diary of a...
The author conversing with visitors at the history cart. Every so often, I am reminded of why I love working at the National Museum of...
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Fred Starobin, former museum volunteer.The other day, my mail included a card-sized letter. It was addressed simply to "Smithsonian...
Editor's Note: This post is part of a series to accompany Inventive Voices podcasts from the Lemelson Center for the Study of...
Louisa May Alcott. Courtesy of National Library of Medicine. “As no two persons see the same thing with the same eyes, my view of hospital...
I’ve written before about the sartorial trends of our teens and other groups of like-minded visitors, but the biggest clothing event here...
Writing a 5-digit ZIP code at the end of your mailing address may seem commonplace, but it wasn’t always that way. The United States Postal...
King Dragon menu, New York, NY, 1976. I recently delved into the museum’s newly acquired menu collection. My focus was a sub-set of the...
With over 3 million objects in our vast collections, the museum is only able to exhibit a fraction at any given time. Last week, a group...
Students at the hands-on history carts. On an evening earlier this month, the museum came alive with the bustle of 5,414 National History...
Quilt spread out with many people looking at it, some kneeling
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning on June 3, the National Museum...
Editor’s Note: Today's post is the last in a series about the museum's work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Caitlin Dichter is a Museum...
When you work in a room with over 10,000 firearms and weapons every day, people will inevitably ask, "Which is your favorite gun?...
Lace veil on black background
This spectacular veil was handmade for Princess Stéphanie of Belgium for her wedding to Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf in 1881. It...
Lester R. Brown is the president of the Earth Policy Institute.Lester R. Brown is one of the few authors laying claim to an entire shelf...
The TalkBack Board at the museum. At the National Museum of American History, we want to know what you think—so we ask! Every day at the...
When sculptor Marc Mellon was commissioned to create the bust of philanthropist Kenneth E. Behring, the artist gladly took up the job and...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the fifth in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Lauren Anderson is a...
Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Check out the companion website.Trading...
What better place to become an official U.S. citizen than at an American history museum?  During a special naturalization ceremony,...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the fourth in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Anneliese Bustillo is a...
Piqued by the innovation, resourcefulness, and ingenuity required in an era before washing machines did all the scrubbing for us, we...
Have you ever wondered why the exterior of the National Museum of American History looks the way it does? Architectural sketch of the...
It’s wedding season! With the recent royal wedding and my own daughter finalizing plans for her summer wedding, I’ve been asked by several...
Editor’s note: Today’s post is the third in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Christine Klepper is a Museum...
Color photograph of four people in which shirts, arms inter-linked, walking on or standing in street during daytime, parade crowd in background
Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning on June 3, the National Museum...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the second in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Amanda Browe is a Museum...
In Michael Crichton’s 2002 sci-fi thriller, Prey, Jack Forman, a Silicon Valley computer programmer with serious job and marital problems,...
Black and white photo of four people (three men in military uniforms) standing with a dog that wears a harness.
Stubby the dog, known to many as “Sgt. Stubby”, is one of my favorite artifacts in the Armed Forces History collections. He was the mascot...
As we closed the museum last Sunday after a typically busy spring weekend, we prepared for three visitors who live in Washington but rarely...
This summer will mark 30 years since the first official reports of HIV and AIDS. It was not called that back then, of...
Recent visitors to the Bon Appétit! exhibition have observed the first steps of a major change planned for the display of Julia Child’s...
The museum recently received an exciting addition to its archival collections: 4,500 menus from restaurants across the United States and...
It began with a complaint. But as complaints go, this one was articulate and astute. Mary had just visited Stories on Money. Her love...
Editor's Note: The following post was written by a spring intern in New Media, the department that is responsible for bringing you this...
One of the things I love most about being a public historian at the nation’s history museum is how the past comes to life every day. As the...
Editor's Note: This post is the third in a series about the museum's Military History Collections Project.Think about some of the items...
Colorful prosthetic foot with green swirls and a gecko image
Editor's Note: This post is part of a series to accompany Inventive Voices podcasts from the Lemelson Center for the Study of...
Trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Clark Terry has first-hand experience in many notable chapters in jazz history. His lifelong devotion...
Editor's note: This blog is the second in a series of posts about the Jefferson Bible conservation project.How does knowing how...
Spring is finally here, when gardeners start looking from their kitchens to their gardens to see what they can contribute to the grill this...
During this 10th anniversary celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Smithsonian Jazz honors educator, composer, musician and longtime...
“You ought to see the scene of the wounded arriving at the landing here foot of Sixth street, at night. Two boat loads came about half-past...
Although I’m a member of the online outreach team at the museum, over the last few months I’ve given a number of in-person workshops for...
“Where do you keep the tiara?” This was one of the first questions I was asked when I started work on the Military History Collections...

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