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 "Public Programs"

Large hardcover book, mostly dark brown with gold-colored details.
What does religion sound like? Across the United States today, you can listen for it in the tolling of church bells, the Muslim call to...
Copper chocolate pot, 1740s–1760s
Hearing that Forrest Mars Jr. had passed away on July 26, 2016, put me in a sad but reflective mood. One of the giants of the chocolate...
Black and white photograph of a woman posing, unsmiling, with a bicycle
"Meet the Wheelwoman" is an interactive theater program created in conjunction with a new learning space at the museum, the Patrick F...
Color photo of waterfalls cascading down rocky mountains with greenery around.
To commemorate the centennial of the National Park Service, the museum will join with the Environmental Film Festival to...
Thomas Edison's patent model for improvements to a stock ticker
The Smithsonian and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are hosting an Innovation Festival at the museum on...
Photo of Pat Murphy's Chicken House by Ansel Adams
In getting ready for our next American History After Hours event, we've been looking at the history behind America's love of...
This winter, Zócalo Public Square and the National Museum of American History are launching an unprecedented partnership and a new, three-...
Word cloud of words visitor wrote in comments about 9/11 memories, the words "think" and "happen" are biggest
Visitors to the museum's 2011 commemorative event September 11: Remembrance and Reflection were invited to share their stories...
Museum staff and students look at a National History Day project on a large board
Manager of Youth and Teacher Programs Naomi Coquillon shares the inside scoop on National History Day at the museum.On one wonderful day...
If you are visiting D.C. this summer, you have the chance to be part of some amazing events.The Fourth of July lights up the National Mall...
3 old cell phones
Cell phones have come a long way since the "gray brick" that many of us remember. Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation...
American Heroes: The Japanese American Nisei Congressional Gold Medal goes on display on February 19, 2014, beginning with a special...
White button that says "I'd rather be farming" in black text with the image of a tractor
Soil is more than just dirt; it affects all of the foods we eat. But why is this really a conversation about history and why are we talking...
Four people standing among plants in a garden, trees in the background
Missed last week's Food in the Garden 2013 Summer Series event? New Media intern Hannah Ostroff recaps the discussion on growing local,...
A bear catches a fish in its mouth, with water raging all around
As part of the Environmental Film Festival, the museum will present the world premiere of The Ends of the Earth, John...
Cranberries in a pot, set on dried leaves
It's not everyday that you get to meet an expert on colonial foodways—especially not one dressed in a historically accurate pilgrim outfit....
People watch a Civil War balloon go up above a treeline
Editor's note: Civil War technology is the topic of this weekend's symposium, and some of the sessions may surprise you, particularly...
Chris Kimball of the cooking show "America's Test Kitchen" shares memories of cooking in Julia Child's kitchen with museum curators.Peering...
Editor’s note: As part of our free Classic Film Festival featuring four Civil War movies, you can see Gettysburg (1993) at...
Editor's note: As part of our Classic Film Festival featuring Civil War movies, you can see Gettysburg (1993) at the...
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month takes place on September 15, 2012 here at the...
It’s time again to go back to school and at the National Museum of American History that means we get ready to create exciting experiences...
Nat Love (pronounced “Nate”) lived the kind of life that adventure novels and blockbuster movies are built on. Freed from slavery at a...
Croquet on the National Mall? This spring, while researching our series of Meet Joseph Henry museum theater programs, Daily Programs staff...
Editor’s note: Today’s post is written by a student at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. This spring, Professor Amy Stevens’ civil...
Have you ever seen an American flag up close? I don’t mean the kind you can wave at parades. How about an American flag that’s 30 feet tall...
Photo of man wearing a black hat and brown coat. He faces camera with an anxious expression, his right hand raised as if swearing an oath.
An  actor portrays abolitionist John BrownThis summer, the National Museum of American History’s History Alive! Theater program...
When you read a textbook, glance at a grainy photograph of a legendary historical figure, or gaze at an artifact locked behind a...
What better place to become an official U.S. citizen than at an American history museum?  During a special naturalization ceremony,...
Piqued by the innovation, resourcefulness, and ingenuity required in an era before washing machines did all the scrubbing for us, we...
1,971. Is that the number of stitches in the stripes of the Star Spangled Banner? The minutes it takes to drive from the museum to...
“Time Trial of Benedict Arnold,” the museum’s new theater program, opened on December 27 to rave reviews! The program explores the...
Dr. William Taylor, Jr., known as Billy, was an educator, composer, actor, jazz pianist, and elder statesman. He was a cultural advocate...
Phew! That’s all I can say about compiling the highlights from another remarkable year at the museum. We kicked off the year in style, with...
Editor’s note: This post is the third in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
Loyal readers of our blog are surely familiar with the museum's theater programs, especially Join the Student Sit-Ins. This...
Editor’s note: This post, written by Ryan Holladay, member of the D.C. music collective Bluebrain, is second in a series about...
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Museum of American History will hold a symposium and cultural festival, ...
In the French Creole language, the song “Alayon bon peyi se Ayiti,” by Haitian composer Moise Abraham, can be translated “So whatever will...
I’ve now made half a dozen visits to Haiti over the past months, putting into place a Smithsonian effort to help Haitians save their...
Every time I consider quitting Facebook, a surprising connection keeps me hanging on. That’s how “Music for The World of Tomorrow” became...
On June 12, the Colonialists met the Futurists in Flag Hall. Some 24 children from 18 countries joined family members and friends at a...
You may know that the museum has around 3 million objects in its collections. You may have guessed—especially if you’ve been here on a busy...
In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the museum’s resident big band orchestra, traveled...
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Women in music have always struggled with recognition for their talent but during the mid-1900’s jazz music was a hardly receptive...
There is a lot of history in this museum but it is not always alive. It was a different case last Friday, when Maurice Hines was here for a...
You never know what to expect when you head into the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab. Visitors might be learning about electricity...
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students—Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and...

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