Our online Object Groups highlight different aspects of the Museum's collection. Currently-featured groups include a large apothecary collection, items relating to Japanese American internment during WWII, and California mission postcards.
For me, it's almost hard to imagine a holiday season without Coca-Cola. The adorable polar bear commercials, the penguins romantically sharing a bottle atop a snowy Antarctic drift... New wintry soda advertisements have grown into their own kind of holiday tradition, something Americans watch out for and talk about.
Smithsonian Jazz Intern Jake Huss shares the stories behind the selections heard at the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's holiday concert this year.The Queen's Suite is as beautiful and fascinating as the story of its creation, which begins when an American Duke met the Queen of England.
Every few years, we read the headlines about a new, or resurgent, disease that threatens global health. Fears of transfer erupt and hysteria sets in, at least in the initial months. If someone coughs in public, I'll recoil in concern; who knows if they have this year’s contagious disease?