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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...

Blog Posts in "From the Collections"

On October 24, Stanley, winner of a historic robot race, left its home at the National Museum of American History aboard a flatbed truck...
Lauren Jaeger discovered an emotional story from the Canal Zone in the museum's collections. Edward Ray aboard the steamship "Panama"...
Editor's note: Political conventions generate a lot of stuff, including signs, pins, and, well, cheesehead hats. In this post, Project...
Located on the bottom shelf of a storage cabinet in the sports collection is a small open wooden box lined in green felt, with holes and...
Looking for a creative costume for your upcoming Halloween celebration? We have some quick ideas pulled straight from our collections,...
This ca. 1840-1850 Conestoga wagon, a freight hauler in Pennsylvania, represents the role of covered wagons in pushing the American...
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a series about the history of biotechnology and genetics related to objects that have recently...
The Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz are on their first trip to Europe....
Federal government and politics have surrounded me for most of my life. I grew up in Washington, D.C., the hub of the nation for topics of...
Lithograph of city on fire, boats in harbor
All of the objects in the collections of the National Museum of American History are interesting and important in their own way, but few...
Technicolor camera
"Within a short time she was walking briskly toward the Emerald City, her silver shoes tinkling merrily on the hard, yellow roadbed. The...
If you could ask one of the museum's experts a question, what would you ask? People around the world recently got that opportunity by...
Portrait of Rachel Carson
Growing up in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s I can recall the many lovely tall elm trees shading the streets and sheltering the numerous...
Manuscript written by typewriter with hand-written corrections and markings
This guest blog is by Diana Sáez, the founding artistic director of Coral Cantigas. She was asked by the Museum to perform “The Star-...
This is probably one of the most elaborate table runners you’ll ever see. It is a needle lace runner made entirely by hand with innumerable...
Dog wearing goggles on gravel
Meet Fausto and Jimmy. Fausto is a Dutch Shepherd; Jimmy, a former Marine, is his handler. As a team, they are a Contract Working Dog (CWD...
A woman in a short blond curly wig with a white top with a large feather neckling. She holds a cigarette holder in her hand.
Editor’s Note: Yesterday we learned that trailblazing comedian Phyllis Diller passed away at age 95. Diller was known for breaking the...
London, 1948 – As these 1948 London Olympic Games come to a close, the Secretary of the United States Olympic Association, Asa Bushnell,...
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...
One of the earliest images of baseball is this hand colored lithograph of Union prisoners at Salisbury Confederate Prison. It is part of...
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...
Curator’s Note: Jennica Rzepka added three hundred images of Double Eagles (20 dollar gold coins) into the National Numismatic...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Sometimes an ordinary object becomes important primarily for the story it has to tell. A ceramic cookie jar, for instance, may have been...
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...
April 14 marks the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner Titanic’s tragic sinking in the North Atlantic. As part of our History Explorer “...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Every year over a million visitors tour Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, site of the Civil War ...
This story starts with a fork. As a contractor with the Military History Collections Inventory Project, my job is to count things. In...
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,...

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