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 "American agriculture"

During the "Innovative Lives" event, curator Peter Liebhold (left) interviewed scientists Mary-Dell Chilton (center) and Robert Fraley (right).
The fall of 2016 was an important milestone in the history of agriculture—the 20-year anniversary of the first large-scale harvest of a...
Wizard of Oz, 1900
Update: Thanks to you, our Kickstarter campaign to "Keep Them Ruby" was a success and we have the support we need to conserve and display...
Black and white photo: Two men in wine field with mountains in background.
American wine aficionados know the Judgment of Paris or Paris Tasting as the transformative tasting held in Paris on May 24, 1976, where 12...
Black and white photo of woman smiling in front of sign that says "What makes good lighting" and a model of a house
Imagine your daily life without electricity. Cooking and heating clothes irons on wood stoves, pumping water by hand, reading and working...
Photograph of an America Online installation disk, 1990s
On June 11, 2015, we present America Now, a nationwide celebration of America's innovative spirit. As part of the day's festivities,...
Photograph of William Ramsey's ledger
Several years ago, Dr. Ann Smart Martin and I met at a conference and discovered our mutual interest in making eighteen and nineteenth-...
Jimmy Carter's FFA jacket, front and back
What do a former U.S. president, a spotted hog raiser, two former teachers, and a librarian have in common? They're all FFA (formerly known...
In a black-and-white photo, a child prunes a cotton plant
We recently asked for your help in collecting an FFA (Future Farmers of America) jacket with a great personal story—and you came through!...
24 members of Future Farmers of America sit with their backs turned to the camera to show off their logo jackets
Note: the jacket search is complete. Thank you for sharing your love of youth agricultural education with us. See this post to learn about...
Memorabilia and awards from the FFA
If you were a member of FFA, 4-H, or other agricultural education program as a kid, you know just how powerful these experiences can be....
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...
This Thursday's Food in the Garden program asks a challenging question: "Can gardening change the world?" Intern Heather Olsen...
Family photo with over 30 members, black and white
American agriculture has changed dramatically since World War II, affecting many aspects of American life. Curator Peter Liebhold has been...
American agriculture has changed dramatically since World War II, impacting many aspects of American life. Curator Peter Liebhold has been...
The way Americans grow food and other agricultural products has changed a lot in the last 70 years. Curator Peter Liebhold answered...