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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If “matter can neither be created nor destroyed,” as the ancient Greek philosophers postulated, can the same principle be applied to...
The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center is dedicated to the study of invention and innovation in the history of the United States....
Legend has it that that Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.” The...
Lincoln bust sold by Smithsonian store Recently U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders from Vermont wrote to the museum and gently chastised us for...
“Time Trial of Benedict Arnold,” the museum’s new theater program, opened on December 27 to rave reviews! The program explores the...
Editor’s note: This essay by guest blogger and maker Allison Thurman is adapted with permission from the Center for the Future of...
We asked you to vote for your favorite of 8 automotive jewels in the Smithsonian car collection, covering 120 years of history . . . and...
Los Angeles Times, April 30, 1939. "Goldfish Gulping," p. I3. It started out with one. One live goldfish, swallowed up by a...
Dr. William Taylor, Jr., known as Billy, was an educator, composer, actor, jazz pianist, and elder statesman. He was a cultural advocate...
In my last blog post, I took you on a brief tour of the Eco-City scene in China, in the northern area around Beijing. I wish, though...
Richard Avedon photographed president-elect John F. Kennedy and his family fifty years ago on January 3, 1961. The Museum has just opened...
As the countdown to 2011 draws near, I’m pleased to share with you the top 10 most popular original “O Say Can You See?” blog posts in 2010...
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...
Public voting for our Race to the Museum contest opened December 21, 2010 and will run through January 11, 2011.   Can't wait...
In the National Museum of American History, there is a cabinet full of keys—keys that fit the 73 cars in the museum’s automobile...
This post is the last in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
This post is the seventh in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday...
This post is the sixth in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
This post is the fifth in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
This post is the fourth in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
This post is the third in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
This post is the second in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
This post is the first in a series of eight profiling automobiles in the museum’s collection. At the conclusion of the series on Tuesday,...
In the museum, there is a cabinet full of keys—keys that fit the 73 cars in the museum’s automobile collection. Fourteen of these cars are...
As museum professionals, we’re often asked about our favorite artifacts in the museum. In the Thinkfinity online community, this question...
Recently, when asked about my photographs which are featured in William L. Bird, Jr’s book, America’s Doll House: The Miniature World...
When I was a little girl, we alternated between taking family vacations to Disneyworld and Colonial Williamsburg. And I have to say I had...
COBOL, a COmmon Business-Oriented Language, was proposed by a committee of programmers from business and government in 1959 and...
Editor’s note: This post is the fourth in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
It is good to be back at the National Museum of American History after a ten-day visit to Shanghai, China. The main reason for my trip was...
During my internship with the Archives Center I’ve had the opportunity to work on the Maid of Cotton Collection. Running...
Recently, Director Brent Glass hosted a “thank you” luncheon for a small group of the museum’s planned giving donors. The highlight was a...
For early Thanksgiving meals, I bet someone went out and hunted a turkey, gathered some cranberries, and harvested some spinach and...
Sure, toddlers love dinosaurs and things that they can climb on. But did you know they also love history? When parents want to take their...
When I thought about doing an internship at the National Museum of American History, the idea of working in the building that houses the...
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Smithsonian Magazine’s Around the Mall blog. Do you have a great idea for...
Of the more than 100 photos submitted to the museum’s Star-Spangled Banner Share Your Story Project on Flickr (which is still...
Last year on this blog, I wrote about the development of Dongtan, China’s planned eco-city near Shanghai. Once billed as the world’s...
Doughboy uniform in khaki and green with helmet and gas mask
As Veterans Day approaches, I have found myself reflecting on the common practice of having grade school students interview veterans for...
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on The Smithsonian Archives’ blog, The Bigger Picture. As many of you may know, a couple...
So much of what I do as a museum educator is about telling stories. For example, I write parent guides to help families read stories...
On a recent trip to Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to spend a morning and afternoon in the City of Milwaukee. Now, I’m a regular visitor...
Editor’s note: This post is the third in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
Many of today’s political candidates harness social media to rally the electorate. But what did politicians do before the advent of...
Hallowe’en is one of America’s most popular holidays, for a variety of reasons. Although it has clear antecedents in the ancient Celtic...
My first job after college was teaching elementary students at a bilingual school in Mexico City. While the majority of our students were...
In black and white photo, a young girl looks at doll house with guidance of an older woman
Meet the Dolls. This miniature family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll, their 10 children, two visiting grandparents, five servants, and...
You may have seen Lemelson Center docents in action in the lab; now learn how they came to be Smithsonian volunteers. Allow...

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