Have you heard? We have a new dress on exhibition. It's true. There has been an addition to the First Ladies exhibition. First Lady Melania...
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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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...
At a recent professional conference, I came across the idea of “anticipatory democracy.” The context was a discussion on “Society and...
In honor of Independence Day, we asked our readers to vote on who was best dressed in red, white, and blue. The contestants were...
The oral history program with renowned author and global environmentalist Lester Brown last month was an eloquent reminder that the stories...
Black and white photo of three men sitting beside a white cloth tent in the woods
This real photo postcard shows three young men enjoying the holiday weekend. The young man on the left has taken the photograph using a...
Take a look around you on Independence Day and you’ll probably find throngs of patriotic Americans bedecked in the stars and stripes. The...
Most of the people in my office began their association with the Smithsonian through internships. Once we got here, we fell in love, and...
Given where I work, you might guess that I love history. I also love books. And I love reading to and with my three kids. Given those facts...
When the rumor concerning Michael Jackson’s tragic death became fact, I raced to the Starbuckson the corner of 7th and E, Northwest, in...
I’m very excited about the publication of Julie Fenster’s intriguing new book, The Spirit of Invention: The Story of the Thinkers,...
Visitors to the museum last Wednesday were in for a treat. In addition to viewing the museum’s usual exhibitions, they were also given the...
It’s been five years since I located this striking World War II era portrait of a young Washington, D.C., couple in the Scurlock Studio...
I have long had a great interest in the history of photography and consider myself an expert in that field, so volunteering in the Museum’s...
There are many heroes in the highly entertaining box-office hit, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. First we have Larry...
I love clothes. Enough so that souvenir shopping on any vacation is planned around the local thrift stores-the more cavernous and chaotic...
At the museum, we aim to bring history alive for visitors every day. This Wednesday the museum will host 19 finalists from the Kenneth E....
This morning I had the pleasure of touring the museum with the grand prize winner of our national anthem singing contest, Jordan Shelton,...
A child. A truck. A quilt. A gravestone. These are all answers to the questions posed by the Share Your Story project: “What does the...
Something in the news today caught me off guard. What I read was breaking news from the Associated Press (June 10, 2009): “Fiat Closes Deal...
The flags outside of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) are flying at half mast today and its doors are closed. Tragedy befell the...
This Sunday, June 14, the museum will host a naturalization ceremony in celebration of Flag Day. Twenty eight children will be sworn in as...
On April 29th, my colleague, Michelle Delaney and I were pleased to open the exhibition, I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009...
The word zipped through the Museum’s foodie and gardening subcultures: Alice Waters is coming! She’ll be signing her latest book, The...
Going green is the thing to do these days. The buzzwords include ”sustainability,” “eco-friendly,” and “carbon footprint.” For many, it may...
On a typical day here at the museum, it would be hard to describe our “average” visitor. The people flowing through our doors are from all...
You may wonder how a museum that has only been open since 1964 can possibly be celebrating 2,020 years of anything. But when it...
One of the benefits of working in the National Museum of American History is sometimes you run into your own history. The first time I...
The voicemail message from the Daily Programs Coordinator sounded a little stressed: “How can we clean the canton?” Very carefully, I...
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I’m really excited to see the new movie Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. I love my...
In accepting his appointment as Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu became the first Nobel science laureate to serve in a cabinet position. His...
This year I’ll celebrate twenty years working at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, curating the history of photography...
Spring in Washington, D.C., is famous for its bountiful Japanese cherry blossoms; but one thing you may not know is that in the springtime...
I am relatively new to the museum field, having recently made a career change. I work in the new media program, which is also a new field...
When I was in high school, I competed in what I describe to others as the “Constitutional Law Debate team” in East Brunswick, N.J. The...
Imagine that it’s your first day on the job and your new boss brings you into a storage area. It’s filled with boxes of papers and strange...
In a museum chock-full of 3 million objects, it’s usually the showy ones that get the most attention—the ruby slippers, the Star-...
During my years as collections manager in the Graphic Arts Collection I’ve dusted many a linotype machine, but have never had the...
I look forward to coming to work on Thursdays. One of my responsibilities is to change the featured object that appears on the homepage of...
I learned a lot about World War II from my father, who served in the Philippines. Being from the Motor City and often driving past the...
One of my favorite things in the museum’s Science in American Life exhibition is the “Ecology Now” poster commemorating the...
“Do you have Rebecca’s arrival hanbok?” Noriko Sanefuji stood in my office doorway and smiled. Do I remember what my daughter was wearing...
When I was a teenager, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was one of the few TV shows my family could agree to watch together. Perhaps...
A loyal blog reader recently suggested that we record all of our Meet Our Museum programs for podcasting. It’s a...
I am fundamentally a shy person. As a child, I would hide from my tiny, adorable, very friendly grandmother because the three people in my...
If you’re on Facebook, chances are you were one of the 5 million+ people who shared their oddball habits and remarkable personal...
When you approach the museum’s Stars and Stripes Cafe, you may hear blood-curdling screams. It’s not the food—really! The museum recently...
I had the chocolate symposium (held a few weeks ago at the museum) and Women’s History Month on my mind when I came...

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