The woman who would be cardinal

This is one of the oldest theater costumes in the museum's collection. It was made around 1857 for the role of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in Shakespeare's Henry VIII. But it is important less for its age than for the fact that it was made for an actress not an actor.

Great napkins of history: Laffer and Zandman's sketches of breakthrough ideas

A seemingly simple cloth napkin with some writing on it, this object was so much more. Economist Art Laffer sketched a new direction for the Republican Party on this napkin.

Antibodies are a girl's best friend

For the uninitiated, the plain brown box could have been anything. However, for some women, it was everything.

Contemporary collecting: Creepy costumes and props from "The Walking Dead" join our collection

When my daughter, Katelyn, told me I would like a new TV show that had aired on Halloween night in 2010, I was skeptical. I'm not a big fan of scary shows but she doesn't like them either so I gave it a try. She was right, of course. But this wasn't your ordinary, run of the mill scary show.

Plague hits Mouse Town, USA!

In the 1940s a silent killer stalked the streets of a very small town near San Francisco. On one side of town, the residents fell ill and succumbed to a deadly plague.

Healthy hogs for a healthy nation

On June 19, 1875, William Emerson Baker invited some 2,500 guests to his farm in Needham, Massachusetts, to celebrate the launching of his "sanitary piggery."

An-tee-bodies: T-shirts in celebration of the antibody

When did you first learn about your immune system? Maybe you have childhood memories of being vaccinated, hearing about the protection your body was building through antibodies.

Primary sources provide perspectives on the 50th anniversary of the March on the Pentagon

Between 50,000 and 150,000 opponents of the war in Vietnam protested at the Lincoln Memorial before moving on to the Pentagon on October 21, 1967.

Scrapbooks: troublemakers and treasures in the archives

October is American Archives Month—a great time to flip through the old family scrapbooks and spend time preserving these homemade albums that often hold so much history.

Looking back on "M*A*S*H," the show and the exhibition

Many of us long for the days when the only television coverage of Pyongyang's military might came in the form of conventional bomb attacks on the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the fictitious medical unit featured in the hit show M*A*S*H.