Today, the Washington Senators are most remembered for their ability to finish in last place. Despite their successful early history marked...
José Feliciano will remain forever celebrated for his perennial Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad," one of his many hit recordings that have...
Advertising agencies have relied on images to engage consumers since the late 19th century. Images convey both information and emotion in a...

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As the summer workshops wind down and summer vacations begin in the education department, we have found ourselves each year sharing our...
The earthquake that ejected us from our offices last summer led me to take a new look at the collection of seismic instruments in the...
The Textile Collection at the National Museum of American History contains an embroidered picture of Charity based on a mezzotint engraving...
Obverse and reverse of1913 V-Nickel What makes numismatists (coin collectors) fascinating are the historic tidbits that each collector...
The Division of Work and Industry lost a great friend and collaborator with the passing of Robert “Bob” Rolfe in late April. Bob came to...
This month, Girl Scouts of America celebrated its 100th anniversary. In the fourth part of our Girl Scout stories series, a Smithsonian...
Early in May, as spring rain deluged the car, I quickly lowered the window to snap one photo of a modest garage on 19th Avenue Northeast...
Today, June 25, Johnny Smith celebrates his 90th birthday. In October 2011, Ken Kimery, Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Jazz...
Editor’s note: On June 23 and 24, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will host the second Classic Film Festival in...
Maybe it’s the thundering of horses’ hooves as they race across open plains or the twitching of ready fingers on a gun holster, but...
It’s always exciting going into the vaults of a museum’s collection. Ok, so actually they’re rarely “vaults,” but it’s still exciting to...
The weekend of June 9th saw thousands of Girl Scouts flock to Washington, D.C. and the National Mall for the “Rock the Mall” event, a...
Ella in white suit and hat with baseball player
After her death in 1996, curators from this museum worked with caretakers of the Ella Fitzgerald Estate, Richard Rosman and Fran Morris...
At the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History they’re the girls in the band, instrumentalists in the 18-piece...
On June 9, a quarter million people came together on the National Mall in Washington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of...
Once upon a time, around 2,000 B.C., there grew a magical plant in the Mediterranean region. Ancient civilizations heralded the plant as a...
The Girl Scouts are coming! If you have been reading this blog, you know that we are officially very ready for you, and have a wonderful...
Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a post that answers what a revolver, a sewing machine, a bicycle, and an early-model electric...
Take four technologies from the museum’s collections—a revolver, a sewing machine, a bicycle, and an early-model electric automobile. A...
A plate of General Tso's Chicken, with a side of broccoli
Curator’s Note: What started out as a simple research assignment for the Sweet & Sour Initiative turned into an interesting culinary...
Our exhibit exploring one hundred years of Girl Scouts opened on the first of June. Girl Scouts has grown from a handful of girls in...
For eleven years, each April, jazz supporters around the world have celebrated Jazz Appreciation Month. JAM was established in 2001 by the...
Girl Scouts of the USA was born one hundred years ago when its founder, Juliette Gordon Low, brought eighteen girls together in Savannah,...
A photograph of Celia Cruz taken in the 1950's
We asked you to vote on which of five iconic American figures should be memorialized in a new biographical portrait by Robert Weingarten, a...
It’s almost summer time! Time for the beach! Time for ice cream! Time for—summer learning loss? Research indicates that students lose some...
Women’s Health Week just concluded. I’ve been thinking about this and how influenced we are by current events. This is particularly true...
Over 10,000 votes have been cast in our contest to choose the subject of a new biographical portrait by Robert Weingarten, a noted...
As a historian, I think one of greatest pleasures of working in an archive is not just getting my hands on what I hoped to find, but...
In January 2012 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), in partnership with the Thomas...
People on a stage
The Latino D.C. History Project is an initiative to document, preserve, interpret, and display the varied stories of Latino life in the...
We’re asking YOU to help us show young visitors in our galleries what it was like to grow up in the 50s and early 60s....
Voting for our Frame an Iconic American contest opened May 11, 2012 and will run through May 26, 2012. Voting extended through May 28!...
You know how sometimes you are looking for one thing, but find something else that is even better? This color portrait of George Eastman,...
Help choose a historical figure whose biographical portrait will be composed by Robert Weingarten, a noted photographic artist. Read about...
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The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Photograph of Alice Paul, seated
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Peytona and Fashion’s Great Match by artist Charles Severyn and lithographer Henry R. Robinson, 1845 from the Harry T. Peters...
On the opening weekend of The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, my boyfriend and I lounged in the museum’s...
I felt like a kid again. On the morning of April 17, I stood amid a crowd of fellow staffers on the rooftop terrace of the National Museum...
Sometimes an ordinary object becomes important primarily for the story it has to tell. A ceramic cookie jar, for instance, may have been...
Many of us at the National Museum of American History were saddened to hear of the passing of Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller on April 16. Mr....
Editor’s note: This post is the second in a two-part series on the history of neon signs. Trying to identify the two neon signs...
My mom’s family likes to save things. A product of the Great Depression and World War II, my grandmother taught my mom and her three...
Editor’s note: This is the last of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins, the...
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a two-part series on the history of neon signs. Part of the fun of doing history here at the...

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