In 1789, when Alexander Hamilton began his role as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, he may still have been “young,...
New inventions always build on inventions of the past—and sometimes more than one. Few devices demonstrate that more clearly than...
Lin-Manuel Miranda's award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical turned international attention to the story of founding...

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Do you sing in the shower? I do. And I can tell you that I don’t sound anything like Jennifer Hudson at the Superbowl. But maybe you do. Or...
It recently came to my attention that our museum is included, under a vaguely masked name, in the video game Fallout 3. The game is set in...
With all the recent news coverage, pretty much everyone knows that today is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. As you would...
Being nosy makes me better at my job. I’m not talking about being a snoop or the office gossip. I’m talking about turning my curious nature...
Recently I took part in a “Smithsonian 2.0” conference about the future of the Smithsonian’s digital presence. In attendance were many of...
I can’t wait to see what Barack Obama does to fulfill his campaign pledge to spur innovation and improve American competitiveness in...
2008 was a banner year for the museum. Literally. The creation of a new permanent home for the Star-Spangled Banner—the flag that inspired...
My alarm woke me up early on Inauguration Day, and like many others in Washington I padded down the hall and made my way downstairs for...
Wow. On Inauguration Day they came to Washington to witness history being made, and we thought we’d planned it all. We knew that Tuesday’s...
With millions of people on the National Mall to watch the presidential inauguration ceremonies, it’s perhaps no surprise that the museum...
One of my favorite authors is the late Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series expounded the “interconnectedness of...
2009 is upon us. The last year has seen major changes. For us here at the museum, being open again is certainly among the largest! As a...
As a program producer and member of the department that manages visitor services, I’m making my list for inauguration weekend: Cell phone....
While the museum isn’t expecting all of the projected millions of inaugural attendees to visit us, we are expecting enormous crowds. As a...
Wearing my red director’s badge, I have plunged back into the throngs of visitors in the first month since we reopened to gauge how they...
¿Habla Español? You can now get information in Spanish about the Museum—what to see, how to get here, and what to do! In an effort to reach...
It was in the year 1882 when Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, developed the idea for electric Christmas tree lights. Now, the...
I’m a sucker for year-end wrap-ups. Sometimes roundup lists serve as shortcuts, helping us plan for the year ahead. For example, I’ll...
Last Friday we were thrilled to open our new exhibition First Ladies at the Smithsonian. The exhibition tells the history of the First...
I’m lucky enough to have an office near a car from Disneyland’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride on display and I often hear the...
Winter can be a dreary time of year in Washington. The city’s trees have shed their orange, gold, and red autumn leaves and the arrival of...
I tend to work later in the day than many of my museum colleagues and while the building was under construction that was quite a drag...
In the few weeks since the museum reopened to the public, I’ve noticed quite a few visitors congregating around one particular piece of...
When friends ask you to view their vacation photos, does it elicit a grin or a groan? Well, we’ve really been enjoying the terrific photos...
At one of the museum’s reopening events, I perused the new Star-Spangled Banner Gallery for the first time. I was especially...
Editor's Note: The portrait of Stephen Colbert returned to view at the National Museum of American History on December 16, 2010. The...
A national museum opens to great fanfare after being closed for 2 years. People clamor to get in, to see the Star-Spangled Banner...
It is such a joy to come to work in a living, breathing museum again. The building is buzzing with life—from young children helping a...
I am a new employee at the National Museum of American History. In fact, at the time of this writing, I have been working here for 9 weeks...
I used my staff pass to line jump the queue for the Star-Spangled Banner gallery, expecting to grab a quick look and duck out so I could...
If you haven’t heard the news yet—the doors to the National Museum of American History are open once again! Not only are we thrilled to be...
I’ve been working on a project for the museum’s reopening that is so big and so unprecedented that it defies written description. In the...
This morning’s ribbon-cutting was loads of fun. Despite the cold weather, there was a large crowd gathered and everyone seemed to be...
Yesterday, we took you behind the scenes as curators worked to install the museum’s new entertainment, sports, and music exhibition. At the...
Yesterday’s ceremony to dedicate the new Star-Spangled Banner gallery and celebrate the reopening of the museum was, in many ways, a paean...
What do Grandmaster Flash, Phyllis Diller, and Oscar the Grouch have in common? Their pop culture legacies are all featured in the museum's...
The museum is buzzing with anticipation for our reopening on November 21, and here in the new media office we’re getting ready to cover all...
You know that moment when an idea suddenly strikes and—BOOM—there’s a new invention ready to change the world? No? Well, the museum’s...
When the museum reopens on November 21, we will debut new theater programs designed to engage our visitors, bring history to life, and...
As you can see from our stream of blog posts, the museum has been an unbelievable beehive of activity during the past few weeks as...
Our director, Dr. Brent D. Glass, went on air yesterday to talk with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris of “Daily Debrief” about what we’ve been...
OK, not the part where I drive my car and ride the Metro. It’s my walk through the halls and galleries of the museum that I love. Since we...
Sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time. I got up from my desk this morning to go see the progress in the renovation of...
I recently had the opportunity to head over to the Lincoln Memorial to take some photographs for the interactive that will be featured in...
A little over a month ago we shared video of the Star-Spangled Banner—the flag that inspired the national anthem—moving from the...
While many were planning their Halloween costumes, parties, and trick or treat routes, a few of us at the National Museum of American...
Many of today’s newspaper headlines describe the victory of presidential candidate Barack Obama as “historic.” The election might qualify...
Last week I got a peek at the future—the future of inaugural souvenirs, at least. A full week before the election and months before our...

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