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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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...
 Jacket patch designed to look like a baseball with text: “World Monarchs Champions 1942”
While volunteering with the Smithsonian’s sports collection for the past three months, I ran across a jacket patch worn by the manager of...
Colt Armory DomeAs I drove down an unfamiliar street in Connecticut’s capital city, I wondered whether a self-guided tour of Hartford’s...
Editor’s note: Beginning February 4, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will bring quintessential American movies to the...
Editor’s note: Beginning February 4, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will bring quintessential American movies to the...
Editor's note: This post is the third of three submitted by students as part of a Museum Studies class co-taught by Shari Stout,...
Editor’s note: This blog is the second of a two-part series exploring the process of bringing early sound recordings to life for the first...
Editor’s note: This post is the second of three submitted by students as part of a Museum Studies class co-taught by Shari Stout,...
As far as anybody knows, Steve Jobs did not have a drop of Italian blood, even by osmosis from his adoptive parents. Yet he clearly had a...
Editor’s note: This blog is the first part of a two-part series exploring the process of bringing early sound recordings to life for the...
Editor’s note: This post is the first of three submitted by students as part of a Museum Studies class co-taught by Shari Stout, Collection...
How do you want to be remembered after you’re gone? People often wonder what kind of legacy they will leave behind. Wanda Shalett found an...
Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final installment in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition The First Ladies, which...
2011 was a remarkable year for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to...
Editor’s note: This blog is the third in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition The First Ladies, which opened on November 19...
As the year draws to a close, we like to look back at the blog posts you seemed to enjoy the most. This year we've added a few new...
Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition: The First Ladies, which opened on November...
This blog is reposted from the Smithsonian Collections Blog.This blog is a virtual exhibition, based on the small exhibition of original...
One of the perks of working in a museum is being able to commune with objects in the quiet hours of the morning before the doors open to...

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