Our most-read blog posts of 2019
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and the 150th anniversary of completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Our most-read blog posts of 2019 marked those anniversaries and went beyond.
When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, some people celebrated the railroad as a symbol of modernity and progress. For others, it threatened their sovereignty and communities. Read more
Red, white, and blue with a bullet hole: this flag flew from LCC 60 during D-Day. Discover the story of the landing craft that guided vessels to Utah Beach. Read more
The decorations committee for a 1978 pride parade departed from the popular queer symbols of the time to create a rainbow flag (now the rainbow flag), but the rainbow was already a popular symbol in LGBTQ+ communities. Read more
This question made news in 2019, and it made news in 1913, when the Girl Guides of America changed their name to the Girl Scouts. The change sparked larger questions and debates about what was expected from girls in a changing America. Read more
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At the Smithsonian American History Museum, came around the corner and saw my outfit on display and burst into tears. What an honor! Thanks to so many people: Sarah Trost for designing the outfit, @gregaronowitz for designing the staff, the Guild cast, @KimEvey my producing partner for the show, Jed Whedon for writing the song with me and directing the music Video, and especially to all you fans! I recorded this song in @misterkarate’s closet, staring at his socks! So crazy to be in the museums collection forever! Go see it on display for the next six months!
How did a YouTube series, funded by crowd-sourced support from its fans, find a home in the Smithsonian? By making history, of course. Read more
There’s no place like the museum
Last year, a pair of Ruby Slippers used in the filming of The Wizard of Oz went back on display after almost two years of conservation.
When U.S. Army medic Henry T. Chamberlain was taken prisoner, he used a trick he learned during the Great Depression to help his fellow POWs. Read more
Fur the war effort
Some of your favorite stories of the year were about the varied ways animals contribute to war efforts—from carrying messages to raising money by putting on fashion shows. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Discover the stories of Kaiser, a pigeon that served in two world wars, and Tommy Tucker, a squirrel in a dress whose picture pilots carried into battle.
Amelia Grabowski is the acting social media manager at the museum.