Only a few days after the passing of James Cotton, one of the country's greatest blues harmonica players, we lost one of our greatest...
Phyllis Diller is widely considered the first female stand-up comic to perform as a solo act. While she is mainly known for her career in...
We asked Eric Jentsch, deputy chair and curator in our Division of Culture and the Arts, for his NCAA bracket picks. Then he disappeared...

Blog Posts in "50th Anniversary"

Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz on the day of its rededication On Halloween day, a gorgeous 40-foot-tall black specter...
15th century painting depicts hand cannons in action
The 620-year-old solid piece of iron is as heavy as it looks. Examining this brutally simple hand cannon, it's hard to imagine that...
North Korea is sometimes called The Hermit Kingdom due to the secretive nature of its government and its closed society. I never expected...
Alexander Calder's "Gwenfritz"
If you’ve ever visited the museum, you've likely passed by an enormous abstract sculpture called Gwenfritz. After undergoing a massive...
After undergoing an extensive conservation process over the last year, the museum, along with colleagues at the Smithsonian American Art...
Cartoon designed cover of BASIC book on computer games
Fifty years ago, mathematicians John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire introduced BASIC, a new language for...
As staff of the National Museum of American History, we're often told that we have "the coolest jobs." We know we're lucky! But what's it...
On the left, a 1966 Ford Mustang (yellow). On the right, a young man holding keys. Photo is from 1970s.
In the early 1960s, activists, professionals, and idealists changed America, making headlines and history. In 1964, the year of the New...
table top connected to a chair
As the National Museum of American History marks its 50th anniversary, we also celebrate the many women who have enriched and informed the...
The Museum of History and Technology (our previous name) was dedicated on today’s date 50 years ago, opening to the public on the following...