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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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...
The holidays are upon us, and in case you’re still hunting for that perfect gift for the history lovers in your life, we have some ideas:...
Julia Child's Kitchen
On December 3, the museum announced the temporary closing of Bon Appetit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian. The last day to see...
Editor’s note: This blog is the first in a series of posts about designing the new exhibition The First Ladies, which opened on November 19...
Paper repair
Editor’s note: This blog is the fifth in a series of posts about the Jefferson bible conservation project.After careful analysis, it was...
Person with gloves and specialized equipment and fact mask in lab setting
It’s been 30 years since the first cases of HIV and AIDS were reported and, since then, the disease has created a...
“At slow speeds it runs on battery power,” transportation curator emeritus William Withuhn explained during my first ride in his 2003...
“Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping goes into high gear—promises to start even earlier this year on Thursday,...
In the years prior to World War II, most Americans had limited first-hand experience of their southern neighbor. Mexico primarily was known...
Editor's note: Listen to Matthew Hersch discuss the history behind the development of the space suit. From early high altitude suits, to...
You probably know someone with a heart condition, someone who had a heart attack or even heart surgery. I know I do. According to the...
Have you ever seen an American flag up close? I don’t mean the kind you can wave at parades. How about an American flag that’s 30 feet tall...
Every year over a million visitors tour Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, site of the Civil War ...
On November 18-19, Moving Beyond Earth: Innovations in Space, the Lemelson Center’s symposium, held this year in collaboration with...
It’s a little tough to find a Civil War sock . . . that a few hundred people can touch each year. The museum does a lot of hands-on...
This story starts with a fork. As a contractor with the Military History Collections Inventory Project, my job is to count things. In...
A large orange squash known as the "Cinderella pumpkin."
As a natively grown vegetable cultivated by the Wampanoag Indians, squash holds a special place in American history. Today, squash are most...
One of the treasures held by the Division of Culture and the Arts is a beautiful book in a splendid binding. We know a good deal about the...
Still looking for a creative costume for your upcoming Halloween celebration? We have some quick ideas pulled straight from our collections...
This post is part two of a series. Read part one. In addition to examples of nearly every kind of American and European instrument,...
An experimental telegraph, a unique device used to spread seeds, an object named the "Greffuhle,” a list of all the places where one...
As a member of the Military History Collections Project team, I research the official collection records of the museum for...
Editor's note: This blog is the fourth in a series of posts about the Jefferson bible conservation project.It is difficult to describe how...
Different types of lettuce that are growing in front of the National Museum of American History
Something chartreuse and wonderful caught my eye as I approached the museum’s Constitution Avenue entrance last week. I recognized it, but...
Why is there a tiger instead of a manatee on my cereal box? And why is cereal sold in a box at all? In what ways does packaging affect the...
Frank Kameny, who died yesterday, was one of those Americans whom few people have heard of but who spent his time on the planet making the...
Yesterday, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, passed away at age 56 after a seven year battle with pancreatic cancer. This collection of...
During the 1970s the museum purchased a small collection of printing blocks purported to have been used to produce Civil War issues of...
We are just at the beginning of several years of marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War; and we’ve still got a long way to go...
As the curator for the museum’s collection of ceramics and glass, I’m responsible for tens of thousands of fragile artifacts...
Current and former Peace Corps volunteers gathered in Washington, D.C.during the weekend of September 24-25, 2011, to commemorate the...
Photo of man wearing a black hat and brown coat. He faces camera with an anxious expression, his right hand raised as if swearing an oath.
An  actor portrays abolitionist John BrownThis summer, the National Museum of American History’s History Alive! Theater program...

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