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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Many of the staff who work here at the National Museum of American History are “museum advocates” (AKA fans). Not only do we love visiting...
On the bottom edge of this pigment print (a type of digitally printed photograph) by Robert Weingarten, is the text “29 Oct 69 22:30 Talked...
I was interning at the National Museum of American History when I first encountered the photographic images of Leonard Nadel, who spent...
About the Blog "O Say Can You See?" is a blog produced by the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The blog takes readers...
Matthew MacArthur (Editor-in-Chief) Title: Director of New Media What do you do at the Museum? I oversee the development and maintenance...
Today’s post is the tenth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, Jan Lilja, Associate Director for Management and Museum...
As floor managers, we sometimes spend hours interacting with visitors—some of whom are more cheerful than others after a long visit to the...
America is a big place. Kind of a silly thing to say, but think about it: we cover 3,000-odd miles coast to coast, span several time zones...
Today’s post is the ninth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. Kudos to this week’s contributors, project manager Ann Burrola and...
I’m a bad steampunk. I like pretty things with brass and wood, but I end up injuring myself when I try to build/sew/knit/glue things, with...
As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close on October 15, I am reminded of a recent conversation I had with my old friend Dr. José (Joe) V...
Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony, September 17—it’s just another public program at the museum. I spend the morning working with...
Today’s post is the eighth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, business program manager Kathy Sklar overcomes her...
Advertising figure made by the National Papier Mache Works of Clinton, Iowa, ca 1900. In the 1958 film Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys...
I work at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. But I spent last year teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in...
Today’s post is the seventh in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, new media project manager Dana Allen-Greil shares...
If you’ve got an interest in education, you’ve probably heard of high school administrator Karl Fisch’s Shift Happens presentation or the...
Today’s post is the sixth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, project management assistant Laura McClure shimmies...
On a recent visit to my mother’s house, I took a quick look through my childhood bookshelf. As a person who works with “material culture”...
During the memorial service for Senator Edward Kennedy last month, several speakers mentioned his love of American history and his son, Ted...
Today’s post is the fifth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, deputy registrar Tom Bower shares his experience with...
In 2005 the museum started a multi-institution collecting initiative to document and preserve the experiences of braceros, Mexican...
I grew up in Colorado. Just about every time I mention that fact to someone, I get asked, “Do you ski?” And for years I would launch into...
Today’s post is the fourth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, renovation program director Patrick Ladden shares his...
    Interns Kristen Chasse and Jillian Brems spent the summer as part of “Team Julia,” a group of people responsible for the...
August was National Inventors’ Month and the Lemelson Center celebrated with a number of high-profile events to highlight that...
I have always liked jigsaw puzzles. When I was five, I spent one weekend putting together every puzzle in my house and then proceeded to...
I did not get my flu shot last fall. The threat of, or at least the media attention about, “avian flu” had abated, and I missed the...
Today’s post is the third in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, education technologist Carrie Kotcho shares her experience...
Imagine yourself at the head of an empty classroom. Your carefully prepared lesson lies on your desk next to activity sheets for each...
It’s safe to say that I had no idea what I was getting into. My boss was unable to attend the meetings about the proposed “Teen Orientation...
Several weeks ago a brown box full of photographs arrived at “The Smithsonian.” Being that “The Smithsonian” is actually made up of ...
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Ethiopia—a trip sponsored by the State Department—to lecture on American jazz and culture....
Today’s post is the second in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, project manager Nanci Edwards shares her experience of...
One of the joys of a curator’s job is finding things and telling their stories. We recently found two partial sets of Dutch Sugar Color...
While Saturday mornings typically find me sleeping in or going for a run, the morning of August 1st was different. I arrived at the museum...
When you are in the museum’s kitchen on a hectic morning and Chef William asks if you want to taste a rum bun, you say “yes” even if you...
Les Paul truly was an American legend. He was an extraordinary musician, inventor, and innovator who greatly influenced popular culture....
We were delighted to host a visit earlier this week by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He selected the Smithsonian Early Enrichment...
“Above all, have a good time” To celebrate Julia Child’s wall of copper pots joining the museum’s collections, we’re taking Julia’s...
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Most people wouldn't expect to find a .36 caliber pistol in the nation's Photographic History Collection. Frankly, neither did I. But in...
Being a minor-league news junkie, a former student journalist, and a habitual reader of the morning newspaper along with my breakfast...
Coming into work one Monday morning in November 1996, I strolled by a small exhibit case and noticed that something wasn’t quite right. The...
When Julia Child moved back to her home state of California in 2001, she donated the kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the...
Earl Shaffer’s battered black journal is small. It had to be, to fit in a rucksack with everything a man needed to walk over 2,000 miles...
Your opinion counts. Because we’re a public institution with a public mission, you (the public) are critical to our success or failure as...
It started with a dirty barn. Not that they were the Augean stables; the problem was that the machines available to farmers in 1956 were...
Kiyosato. At first, that name meant to me the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. Its director is Eikoh Hosoe, a renowned...

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