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Note: While history shouldn’t require a spoiler alert, this blog does contain some minor ones regarding the HBO series Watchmen.“You know...
Maybe this painting looks familiar. A long row of red-coated soldiers. A cloud of gun smoke engulfing the street. Falling bodies.Detail of...
The Stonewall uprising began June 28, 1969, in response to a police raid at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York, and has since...

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To close out National Poetry Month, writer Scott Ruescher reflects on how history, memory, and the National Museum of American History...
Curator Eric Jentsch shares artifacts related to American Pulitzer Prize Winner (1923) and Frost Medal Recipient, Edna St. Vincent Millay (...
A woman in a photograph drives a red farm machine on a hill in the countryside. She looks at the camera, wearing a baseball cap and denim shirt. Strapped to her back is a baby who looks at the camera suspiciously.
American agriculture has changed dramatically since World War II, impacting many aspects of American life. Curator Peter Liebhold has been...
Museum staff flaunted serious "Natitude" last year as we rooted for the Nationals. Why were their wins such a big deal? As Archivist Cathy...
Kermit the frog
Jane Henson died on April 2, 2013, after a long illness. In today's post, we remember her accomplishments and contributions to this museum...
Sorry. Just an April Fool's Day gag—and there's more where that came from. Curator Shannon Perich shares historic exaggeration photos in...
Before World War II, more than 200 American women received PhD's in mathematics. Museum staff and volunteers tracked many of them down, and...
Powder horn from the colonial era etched with map of New York
Linda B. asked through our Facebook page: "I have a research question … What kinds of things would Revolutionary soldiers carry in their...
The way Americans grow food and other agricultural products has changed a lot in the last 70 years. Curator Peter Liebhold answered...
3 mannequins with "new woman" clothing
On the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration in 1913, 5,000 women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., demanding the vote...
As road racing season takes shape in the competitive cycling world, a close look at the dramatic story behind a leading artifact...
Five thousand women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on March 3, 1913, demanding the right to vote. Elspeth Kursh of the...
Photo of man demonstrating the jaws of life on wrecked car
In today's post, Roger White, Associate Curator for Road Transportation with the Division of Work and Industry, shares the stories behind...
Babe Mit box
A recent tour group saw all kinds of interesting artifacts behind the scenes, from the first implanted heart to a baggy of chads...
Curator's note: The following post is the latest from our Sweet & Sour series, part of a project to explore the culture...
Dr. Joel H. Berg (DDS, MS), has been taking care of children and their teeth for nearly 30 years. He is the current President of the...
Latino and food history expert Steve Velazquez looks beyond the plate to discover the people, technology, and systems that bring food to...
Dental instruments
We recently announced in a video for kids that the Tooth Fairy uses the museum as a secret storage site for the teeth she collects...
We asked a few of the museum's curators to share intriguing artifacts that represent romance in one way or another. Their picks include...
Happy couple posing beneath cherry blossom trees
During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced...
Grown-ups: please share this post with detectives under the age of 12. We're stumped! Sincerely, grown-up historian Katherine Ott....
Copper bowl
The first episode of The French Chef aired on WGBH on February 11, 1963, starring Julia Child. To celebrate the show's 50th anniversary,...
Mexican Kitchen Cookware Set was manufactured by Nordic Ware in 1982
Curator Rayna Green shares artifacts relating to an upcoming program on Mexican-American food. View the archived video of the program on...
This month, New York's Grand Central Station celebrates its 100thanniversary. Goldman Sachs Fellow Allison Marsh uses the occasion to delve...
On February 2, New York's Grand Central Station celebrates its 100th anniversary. Goldman Sachs Fellow Allison Marsh uses the occasion to...
Green tall bowl with jazzy designs in black
What if the stories of historic artifacts were told by the play-by-play announcers who explain football games on television? That's the...
Kit belonging to Assistant Surgeon Henderson
As an intern in the museum's Paper Conservation Lab, Greg Waters got to spend time with the diary of a surgeon in the Union Army. The...
Two campers embrace in front of a tent
In the summer of 2012, the museum celebrated the centennial of Girl Scouts of the USA with programming, blog posts, and...
Sheet music titled "Southern Collection"
On certain days this winter, you could hear fiddle music coming from the Civil War section of our Price of Freedom exhibition. It...
Scan of document. Text: "Official Inaugural Program." Portraits of two men with an eagle in the center. An illustration of a boat with many sails cutting through gentle waves. Text: "March 4, 1933."
Media predictions foretell that this year's presidential inauguration festivities will draw smaller crowds compared to four years ago, when...
Want to make the most of your visit during the presidential inauguration? Planning to experience the historic day from afar? Our staff,...
With flu season in the headlines, curator Diane Wendt in the Division of Medicine and Science looks back at flu prevention dating to 1918....
In a special ceremony, Tony award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty signed the deed of gift for an Elphaba costume and...
Woven American flag with person in wheelchair symbol instead of stars
If you want to study how museums and memorial sites interpret the history of disability in America, Washington, D.C., is the place to do it...
Editor's note: This post is second in a series by Mallory Warner, a project assistant in the Division of Medicine and Science, about...
Small statuette of the Three Kings, or "Reyes Magos." The three figures are joined together by a shared base. Though they have different expressions and garb, they all wear crowns and are posed carrying a small gift.
Editor’s note: January 6th is Three Kings Day. Magdalena Mieri, director of the Program in Latino History and Culture at the museum, shares...
Editor's note: When the U.S. Patent Office divested itself of patent models—a previous requirement of the patent application—some 10,...
Which blog posts were your favorites this year? Here are the top ten. Biographical portrait of Celia Cruz by Robert Weingarten With 20,052...
This photograph shows Private Albert H. Davis of Company K, 6th New Hampshire Infantry in his uniform, equipped with a knapsack, bedroll, canteen, and haversack. Very elaborate frame!
Editor's note: At a recent symposium about the Civil War, Sarah Weicksel, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the...
Editor's note: In honor of the season, we bring you four holiday-themed collections objects from our Graphic Arts Collection, selected by...
Editor's note: Curatorial Assistant Noriko Sanefuji reflects on the life of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away on December 17, 2012...
Editor's note: There are more than three million artifacts in the museum’s collection. We can't put them all on display and, even...
Menorah with tiny Statues of Liberty on each candle holder plus eagle in center
 My family's menorahThe holiday season makes me think of boxes. Full of history, memories, and objects, boxes make great metaphors.In...
In honor of today's date of December 12, 2012, we searched our collection database for artifacts that relate to the number 12. We were a...
Susan Hilferty's costumes for the musical WICKED are part of a carefully crafted world, one that she envisioned "had...
Signed leather with silver studs
Rocking leather jackets, teased hair, and loud music, Nova Rex traveled across America in the 1980s and early 1990s, living the rock 'n...
Editor's note: Yesterday, museum fellow Melissa Swindell gave us a peek into colonial cups in her blog post about hot chocolate. Today she...
...but, so did everyone else. Turns out, hot chocolate was a pretty common beverage in colonial America—before and after the Revolution....

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