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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From time to time, we ask you what you think of the museum’s blog. Based on your feedback, museum staff write blog posts on new topics,...
Located on the bottom shelf of a storage cabinet in the sports collection is a small open wooden box lined in green felt, with holes and...
Looking for a creative costume for your upcoming Halloween celebration? We have some quick ideas pulled straight from our collections,...
This ca. 1840-1850 Conestoga wagon, a freight hauler in Pennsylvania, represents the role of covered wagons in pushing the American...
Editor’s note: As part of our free Classic Film Festival featuring four Civil War movies, you can see Gettysburg (1993) at...
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a series about the history of biotechnology and genetics related to objects that have recently...
Editor's note: As part of our Classic Film Festival featuring Civil War movies, you can see Gettysburg (1993) at the...
The Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz are on their first trip to Europe....
Hello, I’m David Allison, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Here at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, we...
Federal government and politics have surrounded me for most of my life. I grew up in Washington, D.C., the hub of the nation for topics of...
Lithograph of city on fire, boats in harbor
All of the objects in the collections of the National Museum of American History are interesting and important in their own way, but few...
Technicolor camera
"Within a short time she was walking briskly toward the Emerald City, her silver shoes tinkling merrily on the hard, yellow roadbed. The...
Museum visitos look at the Star Spangled Banner
In line in the cafeteria recently, I stood behind a young woman in her early teens here on a field trip. She had with her a paper scavenger...
When it comes to inventive uses of color, there is hardly a more inspiring example than the contributions of the late husband-and-wife...
Stepping off the plane in Kolkata, India, where the nighttime temperature seared at 104 degrees Fahrenheit and the monsoon was late, I...
A colorful biographical portrait of Celia Cruz, painted by Robert Weingarten, featuring aspects of her life
Biographical portrait of Celia Cruz by Robert WeingartenIt's a pop of vivid color and glimmering textures, tinted with memories of home,...
If you could ask one of the museum's experts a question, what would you ask? People around the world recently got that opportunity by...
Portrait of Rachel Carson
Growing up in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s I can recall the many lovely tall elm trees shading the streets and sheltering the numerous...
Manuscript written by typewriter with hand-written corrections and markings
This guest blog is by Diana Sáez, the founding artistic director of Coral Cantigas. She was asked by the Museum to perform “The Star-...
This is probably one of the most elaborate table runners you’ll ever see. It is a needle lace runner made entirely by hand with innumerable...
I’ll admit it, I love American Girl. Seriously, I’m a 20-something that still pulls my doll out whenever I’m home (which is admittedly only...
Most museum staff agree that working at the Smithsonian isn’t quite like Night at the Museum. In real museum work, it’s rare that anybody...
Tomatillo
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month takes place on September 15, 2012 here at the...
Dog wearing goggles on gravel
Meet Fausto and Jimmy. Fausto is a Dutch Shepherd; Jimmy, a former Marine, is his handler. As a team, they are a Contract Working Dog (CWD...
It’s time again to go back to school and at the National Museum of American History that means we get ready to create exciting experiences...
Dust Bowl photo with wooden house and people running for cover
Editor's note: This post was written by Carla Pacitti, a high school English teacher in Hagerstown, Maryland and the museum's Summer...
Wearing splash-compatible footwear, museum intern Elizabeth Casey asks a couple of kids on the museum’s terrace whether they’d like to...
Horse-drawn wagon
Editor's Note: To commemorate Labor Day, the American Enterprise exhibition team will be highlighting some of the museum’s rich...
Nat Love (pronounced “Nate”) lived the kind of life that adventure novels and blockbuster movies are built on. Freed from slavery at a...
Editor's Note: Re-posted from Bright Ideas, the blog of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation...
Last month I had the opportunity to walk through the Freer and Sackler Galleries with my three-year-old daughter. Passing by on...
Object portraits created by participants trying out the "Describe yourself in five objects" activity. A cross. A doll. A...
"You wouldn't shoot a wounded man!" were the last words Capt. James L. Rickards would shout on the front lines of the...
To Do This Summer:  The new program got great reviews from teachers, such as, "I want to use literally every single idea I have...
Editor's Note: The Museum recently marked Julia Child’s Centennial with a special display of her kitchen. This limited engagement (...
A woman in a short blond curly wig with a white top with a large feather neckling. She holds a cigarette holder in her hand.
Editor’s Note: Yesterday we learned that trailblazing comedian Phyllis Diller passed away at age 95. Diller was known for breaking the...
Yesterday our visitors joined us in celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday with cookies, cake, and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday...
There is a slim blue book on display on the museum’s first floor. In the chapter entitled “Patriotism,” you can read rules for displaying...
Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blog is written by Philadelphia Cousins, who is Julia Child’s niece. On August 15th, the National Museum of...
London, 1948 – As these 1948 London Olympic Games come to a close, the Secretary of the United States Olympic Association, Asa Bushnell,...
When I arrived at orientation and received my internship guide, featuring an image of First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, I...
In an attempt to beat the heat and get away from the infamous Washington, D.C., humidity, I recently traveled with my family to the...
The Museum was happy to host over 2 million visitors in the last few months. Just in case you're one of the 6.971 billion who couldn...
One of the earliest images of baseball is this hand colored lithograph of Union prisoners at Salisbury Confederate Prison. It is part of...
Croquet on the National Mall? This spring, while researching our series of Meet Joseph Henry museum theater programs, Daily Programs staff...
White jersey with red nine on the back. Text: "HAMM."
[This is the second part of a conversation Curator Eric Jentsch had with himself about the Olympic artifacts in our collection.]Female...
an Olympic gold medal. A woman in classical dress holding a laurel is etched on the front
Athletes from over 200 nations are gathered in London tonight to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. This year’s games will...
The 11-day heat wave of summer 2012 that had residents of DC and much of the nation sweltering has finally ended. Interns at the...

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