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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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...
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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...
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on the Smithsonian Collections Blog as part of a 31-day Blogathon in October for...
Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at the museum have to do with objects that were once on display but are no longer on...
“Physics is phun!” my high-school physics teacher loved to write, and certainly these Nobel Prize winners would agree. Dr. Andre Geim...
Loyal readers of our blog are surely familiar with the museum's theater programs, especially Join the Student Sit-Ins. This...
Last week on the museum’s Facebook page, we featured a photograph of the National Mall taken from the Washington Monument in 1965. We...
Editor’s note: This post is the second in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on the Smithsonian Collections Blog as part of a 31-day Blogathon in October for...
“Then in that hour of deliverance and joyful triumph, my heart spoke…” —Francis Scott Key Many visitors have noticed that in our ...
As chronicled in several of our past posts, the National Museum of American History regularly holds naturalization ceremonies in...
Editor’s Note: We encourage teachers to integrate the museum’s online resources into their classroom teaching. Today’s post is written by...
Much of what we do at the museum is for the visitors: exhibits, programs, lectures, and performances. We want our guests to enjoy...
Editor’s note: This post, written by Ryan Holladay, member of the D.C. music collective Bluebrain, is second in a series about...
From time to time, we ask our blog readers about your preferences and interests so that we can serve you better. If you haven't already...
Back home in Britain, we have a lot of history. I’ve visited the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, and Westminster Abbey, and I’ve grown...
In my previous posts I’ve mentioned how growing up in a Chinese restaurant was a fantastic experience. Let me tell you about one...

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