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...

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Ask a Curator Day has begun! We're sharing some of our favorite questions and answers on Storify.In Part 1 of the Q&A, we answer...
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Curator Dr. Katherine Ott invited students in Dr. Samuel J. Redman's Museum/Historic Site Interpretation Seminar to explore the museum's...
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Update: #DisabilityStories was a success! Read the summary.Here's one reason I love my job: I get to read the museum's blog posts before...
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It's morning in New Zealand, meaning the global, Twitter-based Q&A called Ask a Curator Day has already started. We'll begin answering...
War of 1812 re-enactors in white and blue uniforms fire a canon in front of the museum
On Flag Day 2014, the museum kicked off bicentennial commemorations of a great American symbol—Francis Scott Key's song, "The Star-Spangled...
"O Say Can You See?" turned five this year. Like many five-year-olds, we ask a lot of questions. In fact, half of our top ten...
Have you ever wished that you could go behind-the-scenes here at the National Museum of American History and explore our vast collection of...
Tonight, we're hosting a dinner for this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian...
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People with disabilities have been present throughout American history, but rarely appear in textbooks or shared public memories. Curator...
Want to make the most of your visit during the presidential inauguration? Planning to experience the historic day from afar? Our staff,...
Editor's note: As the Museum prepares for the National Youth Summit on Abolition, we're exploring how teachers discuss...
Editor's note: There are more than three million artifacts in the museum’s collection. We can't put them all on display and, even...
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Editor's note: Civil War technology is the topic of this weekend's symposium, and some of the sessions may surprise you, particularly...
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a series about the history of biotechnology and genetics related to objects that have recently...
If you could ask one of the museum's experts a question, what would you ask? People around the world recently got that opportunity by...
Most museum staff agree that working at the Smithsonian isn’t quite like Night at the Museum. In real museum work, it’s rare that anybody...
“Where were you?” We’ve all been hearing this question a lot in the days leading up to the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. From...
Although I’m a member of the online outreach team at the museum, over the last few months I’ve given a number of in-person workshops for...
Today’s guest post was written by Dr. James Beeghley, who writes the blog Teaching the Civil War with Technology and presents workshops on...
Developing a new exhibition is very exciting. For some time, curators at the museum have been discussing a major new exhibition initiative...
As the countdown to 2011 draws near, I’m pleased to share with you the top 10 most popular original “O Say Can You See?” blog posts in 2010...
COBOL, a COmmon Business-Oriented Language, was proposed by a committee of programmers from business and government in 1959 and...
Of the more than 100 photos submitted to the museum’s Star-Spangled Banner Share Your Story Project on Flickr (which is still...
Editor's Note: The goSmithsonian Trek app was only open through July 24th, 2010, and is no longer available. After completing my first...
Cameras are everywhere. I currently have three devices in my purse that I can take a picture with. We love it when our visitors take photos...
2009 has been a remarkable year for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Thanks to supporters like you, we were able...
To come up with the top ten “O Say Can You See?” blog posts of 2009 I relied on you, dear readers, to tell me what should make the cut. It...
“Like the sun in all its glory suddenly breaking through the shades of gloom.” So wrote Julia Child after finally succeeding in making real...
Where to Find the Master Recipes  Eggplant and zucchini gratin  Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, pp. 200-03  An online...
Where to Find the Master Recipe Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. Two, pp. 495-97 An online version from the Shazam in the...
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With turkey day fast approaching, cooks around the country are whipping up grocery lists and getting ready for what is the equivalent of a...
Today’s post is the thirteenth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, curator Helena Wright gets a start on holiday baking...
Today’s post is the twelfth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, public affairs associate Laura Duff embraces her...
Today’s post is the eleventh in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week’s contributor is Joe Criste, an exhibits specialist who...
Today’s post is the tenth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, Jan Lilja, Associate Director for Management and Museum...
Today’s post is the ninth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. Kudos to this week’s contributors, project manager Ann Burrola and...
Today’s post is the eighth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, business program manager Kathy Sklar overcomes her...
Today’s post is the seventh in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, new media project manager Dana Allen-Greil shares...
Today’s post is the sixth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, project management assistant Laura McClure shimmies...
Today’s post is the fifth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, deputy registrar Tom Bower shares his experience with...
Today’s post is the fourth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, renovation program director Patrick Ladden shares his...
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...
“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...
Being a minor-league news junkie, a former student journalist, and a habitual reader of the morning newspaper along with my breakfast...
When Julia Child moved back to her home state of California in 2001, she donated the kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the...
Your opinion counts. Because we’re a public institution with a public mission, you (the public) are critical to our success or failure as...
At a recent professional conference, I came across the idea of “anticipatory democracy.” The context was a discussion on “Society and...

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