"They're swingin' everything else—why not nursery rhymes?" stated Ella Fitzgerald while dancing around the room showcasing some new dance...
In the Archives Center, jazz always seems to be a topic of discussion, whether it be a researcher looking for the Duke Ellington Collection...
Red thread is woven in and out of leather, uniting two different pieces into a single object that represents America's favorite pastime and...

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With that now-iconic phrase President Lincoln began his Gettysburg Address—a dedication of the cemetery in Pennsylvania and a statement...
If you have been following the renovation at the National Museum of American History, you know that one of the visual centerpieces of our...
When the museum’s Archives Center was relocated to the first floor in 2003 to make room for the Price of Freedom exhibition, staff members...
Editor's Note: The portrait of Stephen Colbert returned to view at the National Museum of American History on December 16, 2010. Last...
I’m a bona fide gadget geek, but when it comes to exhibitions, I’m a little more of a skeptic. Though I’ve seen some masterful uses of...
With so many important issues facing the nation—an economy in trouble, a presidential election, wars overseas—you have probably turned to a...
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Viewing this slideshow of photographs from around the building, therefore, will spare...
In our last post, we chronicled this week’s move of the Star-Spangled Banner into its new state-of-the-art exhibition gallery. While this...
I would normally be a bit grumpy about waking up at 5:00 am for work—but not today. This morning—at “dawn’s early light,” you might say—I...
In the midst of all the election and economy news you might have missed illusionist David Blaine’s newest trick. The 35-year-old world...
In my time here at the museum, I've collected lots of things. Most have been relatively small—like watches—or even smaller—like parts...
Check out this photo of the frame for the bench that will be part of the new Star-Spangled Banner viewing gallery. The artist’s rendering...
I recently got back from a family vacation to Virginia’s “Historic Triangle,” where we visited Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown...
Everyone who visits the Smithsonian Institution appreciates the fact that there is no charge for admission to any of our fantastic museums...
Today is the anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” In light of this important occasion, I’m going to...
If you’re in the Baltimore area this weekend, head to Fort McHenry to check out their amazing Defender’s Day celebration. It’s a...
When I started my new job at the museum in the spring of 2007, we had just received a grant from the Verizon Foundation and had joined...
The Archives Center supports the mission of the National Museum of American History by preserving and providing access to documentary...
We talk a lot about the structural improvements to the museum, and we’ve mentioned a bit of how operations will be improved, but everyone...
When the museum reopens, one of the more notable visitor amenities will be the renovated Stars & Stripes Cafe. Every aspect of the cafe...
The new chamber that we’re building to display the Star-Spangled Banner is intended to be a permanent home for the fragile flag. So we’ve...
When I try to build things, it usually involves a lot of trial and error. If you are a fellow amateur do-it-yourselfer, you probably know...
I saw that slogan on a bumper sticker this morning on my way to work and I thought it was a pretty great description of the changes we’re...
The "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing?  A new death-defying roller coaster?  Frame being prepared by the...
Jim Thorpe. Gertrude Ederle. Sonja Henie. Bobby Morrow. Muhammad Ali. Michael Jordan. Brian Boitano. Bonnie Blair. Kristi Yamaguchi....
Each year, dozens of interns find a home at the museum.  As an intern in the New Media Program this summer, I have assisted with the...
A few days ago the museum took another step toward our reopening by installing the giant prong that will hold up the abstract flag....
The centerpiece of the museum’s renovation is the brand-new state-of-the-art home for the Star-Spangled Banner. Yes, the Star-Spangled...
It has certainly been exciting around the Museum lately.  As a member of the External Affairs team, I often provide tours of the...
Last week we finally answered everyone’s most burning question: When will the museum reopen? November 21! At a much anticipated press...
When the museum reopens, visitors will clamor to see the Star-Spangled Banner (the flag that inspired the national anthem), they’ll admire...
Within hours of the museum announcing our grand reopening date of November 21, the staff got this email message: “This is your chance to be...
Welcome to the National Museum of American History’s new blog!  As the director of the museum’s New Media Program, and “editor-in-...
Museums change lives. When I was ten, my parents brought me to the Smithsonian for the first time.  They were children and...

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