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 "Back to Our Roots"

In foreground, red poppies grow tall and straight in the sunlight. In background, the Washington Monument rises up behind some trees. Clear blue sky.
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...
Photo of pumpkin surrounded by green leaves
Thanksgiving meals have come a long way since the first shared feast back at Plymouth Colony in 1621. While our reasons for gathering today...
Illustration of two grebes
Happy National Bird-Feeding Month! While this perhaps escaped your attention as a major milestone on the calendar of holidays and...
Fall at the museum, exterior view
Enjoying pumpkin spice season? Museum Educator Sarah Erdman recommends bringing little ones to museums' grounds and gardens this time of...
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....
This Thursday's Food in the Garden program asks a challenging question: "Can gardening change the world?" Intern Heather Olsen...
A thin man holds a yellow-colored pie in a kitchen
"Edible weeds," "forest gardens," and "garden pharmacy" may not be phrases you expect us to throw around in a history museum. But out in...
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,...
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...
Portrait of Rachel Carson
Growing up in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s I can recall the many lovely tall elm trees shading the streets and sheltering the numerous...
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month takes place on September 15, 2012 here at the...
Dust Bowl photo with wooden house and people running for cover
Editor's note: This post was written by Carla Pacitti, a high school English teacher in Hagerstown, Maryland and the museum's Summer...
A large orange squash known as the "Cinderella pumpkin."
As a natively grown vegetable cultivated by the Wampanoag Indians, squash holds a special place in American history. Today, squash are most...
Something chartreuse and wonderful caught my eye as I approached the museum’s Constitution Avenue entrance last week. I recognized it, but...
Spring is finally here, when gardeners start looking from their kitchens to their gardens to see what they can contribute to the grill this...
Editor’s note: This post is the fourth in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
Editor’s note: This post is the third in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
Editor’s note: This post is the second in a series of monthly posts exploring the work of Smithsonian Gardens and...
Something wonderful is sprouting at the National Museum of American History. This past week I was introduced to the Victory Garden that is...