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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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...
Editor’s note: This is the second of two posts on the planned 1942 World’s Fair. A submitted design for the Arco dell’Impero. Photo by Art...
Editor’s note: This is the first of two posts on the planned 1942 World’s Fair. This post originally appeared on Bright Ideas. I find...
NMAH is participating in “Quilt in the Capital” with 24 panels on display in the Hall of Musical Instruments, hosting the AIDS 2012 Film...
Besides our deep love of non-prime-time sports (like equestrian eventing and canoe slalom), we love the Olympics for the human interest...
Girl Scouts has been an experience passed from one generation to another for a century. In this, the final part of our series of blogs...
At a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Museum of American History this past May 25th, we were honored to welcome as the keynote...
Editor’s note: On July 14 and 15, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will host the third Classic Film Festival in the...
Curator’s Note: Jennica Rzepka added three hundred images of Double Eagles (20 dollar gold coins) into the National Numismatic...
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...

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