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...
Growing up the child of a World War II Navy veteran who happened to love football, it was easy to know who to root for in the Army-Navy...
Thanksgiving 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Proclamation that established the national observance of the holiday....

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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...
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...

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