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...
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...
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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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...
The date: June 11, 2010. The time: 8:30 a.m. (a shocking hour for a college undergraduate to be anywhere, let alone well-groomed,...
Mr. Isadore Warshaw began collecting business ephemera in 1928 that would later come to the National Museum of American History under the...
Today’s guest post was written by Dr. James Beeghley, who writes the blog Teaching the Civil War with Technology and presents workshops on...
I still remember the day when my seventh grade teacher wrote the word history on the blackboard as two words: “HIS STORY.” Wow, I thought....
The National Museum of American history boasts what may be the world’s largest and finest collection of historic water meters—108 in all...
Close-up photo of fabric texture
Editor’s Note: This is the third and final post in the series on “Brother Washington’s apron – a Masonic mystery.” See Part 1 and Part 2...
Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blog is written by Kenneth Coultas, a Tennesseean who recently visited the museum with his family and had...
As a part of a project for an exhibition about the Civil War titled “So Much Need of Service”: The Diary of a Civil War Nurse, I had the...
The great James Moody passed away on December 9, 2010. Today, Saturday, March 26, would have been his 86th birthday. In the jazz...
We are now at the end of science fair season (the final national prizes were handed out on March 15) and this year’s competitions took...
Storage at a museum is not a new problem. You collect stuff, and you have to find a place for it. Everyone knows how that works in their...
Portrait of Mary Lou Williams, CBS studio, New York, N.Y., ca. April 1947. Courtesy of William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin...
Coin collecting is the most popular hobby in the United States, and the Museum’s National Numismatic Collection (NNC) is one of the most...
Do you like neon signs? I sure did when I was a kid. My family owned a restaurant, and one of my first chores when I was old enough was...
Color photo of apron with symbols on it, including hour glass and columns
Late last year, I was speaking with a curator for a museum of Masonic history and our conversation turned to America’s most famous...
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts about critical conservation work being conducted on the Jefferson Bible, a treasured...
Today’s turbulent financial times have created renewed interest in “Made in America” campaigns. Yesterday, Director Brent D. Glass met...
Most history museums face the challenge of bringing objects to life. Most of our artifacts weren’t made just to be on exhibit. People of...
Squishy gunk in tubes. This space food package in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum contains pureed beef...
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.Occasionally the routine of museum work...
On February 15, President Obama honored 15 individuals with the Medal of Freedom. The award is the nation’s highest civilian...
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William Steinway, 1882. Photograph by Carl Borntraeger, Wiesbaden, Germany. Courtesy of Henry Z. Steinway Archive.Editor’s note: In...
Today, the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Jazz celebrate trumpeter Joe Wilder’s 89th birthday. Born in 1922 in Colwyn...
Photo of fabric apron with textured fabric around edges and scene in center with elaborate architectural design
Many of us have the Antiques Roadshow fantasy. You know the one. Some object or work of art, inherited or bought on the cheap (then...
Last month we asked you to vote on which historic car you’d most like to see on temporary display, and after 24,000 votes, the 1929 Miller...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the first in a new series that will profile some of the museum’s generous donors.Each Veterans Day, the...
1,971. Is that the number of stitches in the stripes of the Star Spangled Banner? The minutes it takes to drive from the museum to...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is written by guest blogger Kurt R. Bell. In life, we often connect memorable dates with events that had some...
The 1915 San Francisco Panama Pacific International Exposition was an international fair held to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal...
Curator’s note: The following post is the latest from our Sweet & Sour series. Be on the lookout for the opening of our Sweet &...

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