Sesame Street was an innovative and radical children's television program when it premiered in 1969. In the 1960s, many parents were...
Suffering from "shell shock and a general breakdown," Charles Mackall and James Randall arrived in Philadelphia in September 1918 from...
As our Philanthropy Initiative continues to explore the history of giving, we're eager to share stories of success and failure. This story...

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This month, New York's Grand Central Station celebrates its 100thanniversary. Goldman Sachs Fellow Allison Marsh uses the occasion to delve...
On February 2, New York's Grand Central Station celebrates its 100th anniversary. Goldman Sachs Fellow Allison Marsh uses the occasion to...
Green tall bowl with jazzy designs in black
What if the stories of historic artifacts were told by the play-by-play announcers who explain football games on television? That's the...
Historical fiction transports us to the past—but also raises questions about the present. Museum educator Jenny Wei explored this topic...
Kit belonging to Assistant Surgeon Henderson
As an intern in the museum's Paper Conservation Lab, Greg Waters got to spend time with the diary of a surgeon in the Union Army. The...
Two campers embrace in front of a tent
In the summer of 2012, the museum celebrated the centennial of Girl Scouts of the USA with programming, blog posts, and...
Sheet music titled "Southern Collection"
On certain days this winter, you could hear fiddle music coming from the Civil War section of our Price of Freedom exhibition. It...
Curious visitors, social media followers, and donors often ask which U.S. presidents have visited the museum. Inspired by the upcoming...
Scan of document. Text: "Official Inaugural Program." Portraits of two men with an eagle in the center. An illustration of a boat with many sails cutting through gentle waves. Text: "March 4, 1933."
Media predictions foretell that this year's presidential inauguration festivities will draw smaller crowds compared to four years ago, when...
Want to make the most of your visit during the presidential inauguration? Planning to experience the historic day from afar? Our staff,...
With flu season in the headlines, curator Diane Wendt in the Division of Medicine and Science looks back at flu prevention dating to 1918...
In a special ceremony, Tony award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty signed the deed of gift for an Elphaba costume and...
Woven American flag with person in wheelchair symbol instead of stars
If you want to study how museums and memorial sites interpret the history of disability in America, Washington, D.C., is the place to do it...
Editor's note: As the Museum prepares for the National Youth Summit on Abolition, we're exploring how teachers discuss...
Editor's note: This post is second in a series by Mallory Warner, a project assistant in the Division of Medicine and Science, about...
Small statuette of the Three Kings, or "Reyes Magos." The three figures are joined together by a shared base. Though they have different expressions and garb, they all wear crowns and are posed carrying a small gift.
Editor’s note: January 6th is Three Kings Day. Magdalena Mieri, director of the Program in Latino History and Culture at the museum, shares...
Editor's note: When the U.S. Patent Office divested itself of patent models—a previous requirement of the patent application—some 10,...
Which blog posts were your favorites this year? Here are the top ten. Biographical portrait of Celia Cruz by Robert Weingarten With 20,052...
Woman in purple sweater standing beside "Now Playing" poster for "Lincoln" movie, smiling.
Editor's note: Yuri Yoshida became a docent (volunteer that leads museum tours) after moving from Japan to Washington, D.C. Andrea Lowther...
This photograph shows Private Albert H. Davis of Company K, 6th New Hampshire Infantry in his uniform, equipped with a knapsack, bedroll, canteen, and haversack. Very elaborate frame!
Editor's note: At a recent symposium about the Civil War, Sarah Weicksel, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the...
Editor's note: In honor of the season, we bring you four holiday-themed collections objects from our Graphic Arts Collection, selected by...
On your next visit to the museum, take a look at our new exhibition FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000, which...
Editor's note: Curatorial Assistant Noriko Sanefuji reflects on the life of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away on December 17, 2012...
Photo of two men smiling
Editor's note: David Baker died on Marc 26, 2016. He will be remembered for his commitment to jazz and his incredible service to the...
George Scurlock (son of George Scurlock, the photographer) with his siblings in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. ...
Editor's note: There are more than three million artifacts in the museum’s collection. We can't put them all on display and, even...
One of the cola cans discovered in the museum's walls Museum people have a hard time throwing things away—our offices are proof of...
Menorah with tiny Statues of Liberty on each candle holder plus eagle in center
 My family's menorahThe holiday season makes me think of boxes. Full of history, memories, and objects, boxes make great metaphors.In...
In honor of today's date of December 12, 2012, we searched our collection database for artifacts that relate to the number 12. We were a...
The best gifts come with a story. One holiday, my mom gave my sister and I homemade cookbooks with our favorite recipes in them. Each dish...
Susan Hilferty's costumes for the musical WICKED are part of a carefully crafted world, one that she envisioned "had...
Signed leather with silver studs
Rocking leather jackets, teased hair, and loud music, Nova Rex traveled across America in the 1980s and early 1990s, living the rock 'n...
Editor's note: Yesterday, museum fellow Melissa Swindell gave us a peek into colonial cups in her blog post about hot chocolate. Today she...
...but, so did everyone else. Turns out, hot chocolate was a pretty common beverage in colonial America—before and after the Revolution....
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Editor's note: This post was originally posted on the Smithsonian Collections Blog. December 1st is World AIDS Day.   Helping...
costume for Elphaba from the musical Wicked
Caves, oil spills, and museums might not sound like the most likely sources of inspiration when it's your job to design costumes for a...
Del Mar Avionics Dynamic Electrocardiography Systems, 1976
Bruce Del Mar pointing to the Del Mar Avionics Holter monitoring system on displayIf your life spanned nearly an entire century of American...
Editor's note: A tweet from the National Museum of African American History and Culture recently caught our eye. They asked an...
Drawing of buffalo hunting
Image of a buffalo chase drawn by Wohaw, Beef, Wolf Robe or Gu hau de (Kiowa), drawn between 1875 and 1878 at Fort Marion, FloridaA herd of...
Chef holding a tray of apple pies
Editor's note: If you're planning a visit to the museum after Thanksgiving, save room for dessert—and check the hours of our cafés. In...
Cranberries in a pot, set on dried leaves
It's not everyday that you get to meet an expert on colonial foodways—especially not one dressed in a historically accurate pilgrim outfit....
On October 24, Stanley, winner of a historic robot race, left its home at the National Museum of American History aboard a flatbed truck...
Lauren Jaeger discovered an emotional story from the Canal Zone in the museum's collections. Edward Ray aboard the steamship "Panama"...
Tell us what you think about this blog! Whether you're a regular reader or this is your first visit, we want to hear from you. We...
Speakers on stage at the Youth Summit
Editor's note: This is a guest post from former summer teacher associate Carla Pacitti, and is a follow-up to the post Dust Bowl...
People watch a Civil War balloon go up above a treeline
Editor's note: Civil War technology is the topic of this weekend's symposium, and some of the sessions may surprise you, particularly...
Chris Kimball of the cooking show "America's Test Kitchen" shares memories of cooking in Julia Child's kitchen with museum curators.Peering...
Editor's note: Political conventions generate a lot of stuff, including signs, pins, and, well, cheesehead hats. In this post, Project...

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