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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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...
April 14 marks the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner Titanic’s tragic sinking in the North Atlantic. As part of our History Explorer “...
If you’ve checked out Smithsonian’s History Explorer —the museum’s online portal for all of our interactives, lesson plans,...
Editor’s note: Today’s post is written by a student at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. This spring, Professor Amy Stevens’ civil...
Winchester in Washington, DC, after the war
Recently, Steven Spielberg released War Horse, a film that is based on a young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo. It tells the story of Joey...
Editor’s note: This is the eighth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
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Editor's note: Today's post is written by guest blogger Mark Moore from the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). In February 2012...
Editor’s note: This is the seventh of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
If you like history and museums, you might have taken a tour or two of a museum and thought about becoming a docent. What’s a docent, you...
Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most...
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Kodachrome film. Courtesy of George Eastman HouseThough not unexpected, the news still came as a shock: on January 19, 2012, the 132-year-...
Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
Space Invaders vitamin package (front). The nutrition label is on the top of the box, and the coupon for the t-shirt is on the back. What...
So there I was, in my self-assigned corner of Flag Hall, half-anxious and half-excited to share my knowledge of carnaval in...
Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
Recently, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation partnered with ePals, an online network for K-12 students, parents...
Editor’s note: This is the third of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins, the...
How far would you drive to visit the National Museum of American History? When I first met Museum donor David Garrett, I was amazed to hear...
Grant Ichikawa being interviewed by Noriko Sanefuji
Editor’s note: This blog is the third in a three-part series on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Read about the...
Editor’s note: This is the second of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
Omar Eaton-Martinez started at the National Museum of American History in November as the new intern and fellows manager, ready to continue...
Editor's note: This is the first of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian's most treasured...
As a museum employee, I have come to appreciate the amount of work, time, and expense that goes into developing an exhibition. The current...
Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a three-part series on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.   The museum and the...
A group of casually dressed people stand around a table, holding hands
For the past four years, the museum’s History Alive! Theater Program has used theater in the museum as a tool to promote dialogue on...
Note: the Snowboarding Artifact Wall is now on view on the first floor of the Museum. The Superpipe is a 567 foot long, 22 foot deep, U-...
As an intern in the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History in the summer of 2010, I set out to survey...
I must admit I was skeptical. Very skeptical. As the new person tasked with finding compelling topics for Smithsonian...
Wedding gown with long sleeves and rouching
It’s Valentine’s Day and we sure do love history. On this day of cards, flowers, and chocolate, we wanted to take some time to celebrate...
With the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of designated...
Record album with black and white photo of the Beatles
Eric Jentsch in our Division of Culture and the Arts shares the story of the first Beatles concert in America, which took place right here...

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