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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paper dolls
Paper dolls will be a part of Object Project and its exploration of ready-to-wear clothing. It opens July 2015.Celebrities sit in...
Trying deodorant on arm
Intern Caitlin Kearney follows a 111-year-old deodorant recipe. For history!Over the summer, I've been doing research for a new hands-on...
Selena's outfit in the collection
Iconic cultural objects have the power to preserve beloved chapters of history long after they come to a close. As we approach the 20th...
Suzy Homemaker children's toy from 1950s-1960s, turquoise, with fake food inside
It was like Christmas morning in 1968 when our Suzy Homemaker toy refrigerator arrived at the museum (new in box, with original staples!)....
White and blue tennis Dress, worn by Bille Jean King during the "Battle of the Sexes"
As objects representing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning history enter the museum's collection today,...
A group of chefs in the kitchen
Fans and friends of Julia Child will pause today, as they do every year on August 15, to remember the beloved icon of American culinary...
Cover of sheet music
With Confederate troops looming just outside of Washington, D.C., July 1864 was an exciting and scary time to be a nurse in the city....
A family under the Smithsonian Castle doorway
This post continues the story of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin, which began in Part I.The chapel for Armory Square Hospital where Akin...
Jimmy Carter's FFA jacket, front and back
What do a former U.S. president, a spotted hog raiser, two former teachers, and a librarian have in common? They're all FFA (formerly known...
A vintage ad features monkeys in human clothing
Although many of the products that Americans consume today would have been unimaginable to our forebears, the means by which they are...
Female staff member wearing blue gloves prepares to remove a brown Girl Scout uniform from an exhibition case
Why don't our exhibitions last forever? Where do they go when we take them down? Intern Elisabeth Warsinske reports on the afterlife of a...
At the Super Bowl, Renee Fleming prepares to sing in a black and white dress
As part of our blog series about the Star-Spangled Banner leading up to Raise It Up! Anthem for America on Flag Day 2014, curator...
Needles, scissors, pins, and chatelaine from the, early 1800s, of the type Pickersgill and her assistants would have used to make the flag.
Two hundred years ago, an African American girl made history—literally. She was an indentured servant named Grace Wisher in the household...
Can you imagine wearing one of these?Peineton, Collection Museo Historico Cornelio Saavedra, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMy goodness! It would...
Today, on the anniversary of scientist Rosalind Franklin's death, we remember her with a story about how our audience pushed for her...
Votes for Women button
Intern Patri O'Gan shares a unique story of woman suffrage for Women's History Month in the final installment of the "Traveling for...
Votes for Women button
Intern Patri O'Gan shares a unique story of woman suffrage for Women's History Month. Read previous posts in the "Traveling for Suffrage"...
Votes for Women button
Intern Patri O'Gan shares a unique story of woman suffrage for Women's History Month. Read Part 1, the previous post in the Traveling for...
"votes for women" pin with stars
Intern Patri O'Gan shares a unique story of woman suffrage for Women's History Month.Woman suffrage button in the museum's collectionBy the...
A collection of sweetheart jewelry
Does your family own any jewelry from World War II? Curator Kathleen Golden shares a few sweet pieces from our collection.In honor of...
Wendy Williams
Ever wonder how the museum acquires all of its fantastic pop-culture memorabilia? Guest blogger Wendy Williams of The Wendy Williams...
Photo of a black purse with a short handle. It is rectangular and bulges in the middle as though it's full. A little worn around the edges. Metal buckle.
Intern Peter Olson interviewed Curators Nancy Davis and William Yeingst, whose exhibition Camilla's Purse reveals the previously...
Today is the 75th anniversary of the announcement that Vivien Leigh would play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Guest...
This Veterans Day weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Curator Karen Lee spoke...
Poster show child playing with blocks that spell "E L R E T O"
Smithsonian Latino Center Fellow Jessica Lott's dissertation research led her to our medicine and science collections, where she...
We doubt leg-of-mutton sleeves will make an appearance on runways during Fashion Week, but there's one thing that never goes out of style:...
Fifty years after the March on Washington, what we remember about the March may not accurately echo what was said and who spoke—and who...
One of the largest artifacts in our display on the 1913 woman suffrage parade is also one of the most delicate. Educator MK Macko explains...
Happy Book Lovers' Day! Where history, collections, and good books meet, you'll find our staff book club. Here's what they'...
Fannie Lou Hamer postage stamp
Confronted with challenging primary source material as part of her research on the civil rights movement, Fellow Regina Sierra Carter was...
Celia Cruz Portrait
Curator Marvette Perez remembers "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz on the 10th anniversary of her death. I stood in awe at the sight of such...
Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers remembers Diosa Costello. "I was the original J. Lo.," Costello said at a 2011 Smithsonian donation...
Dwight Blocker Bowers remembers actress Esther Williams, who died yesterday. She was much more than a would-be Olympic swimmer. Esther...
Valeska Hilbig in our Office of Public Affairs found it hard to put down this new book by two museum curators on women in the military....
Postcard showing illustration of American flag, wreath of roses, and Civil War symbols
We know you're curious. A Civil War military history researcher explains where Memorial Day celebrations came from.Decoration Day...
A woman checks actors' makeup on a movie set
When filmmaker María Agui Carter first came across the 1876 memoir of a Latina woman who fought in the Civil War, she recognized "a voice...
Curator Eric Jentsch shares artifacts related to American Pulitzer Prize Winner (1923) and Frost Medal Recipient, Edna St. Vincent Millay (...
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...
Before World War II, more than 200 American women received PhD's in mathematics. Museum staff and volunteers tracked many of them down, and...
Thirteen women and three children pose in floor-length dresses outside a building with fountain
Can you celebrate Black History by competing for a pageant crown? This is the second in Kimberly Brown's series on Negro History Week.When...
Costume mistress Heather Hook fixes a dress during "REBEL" exterior 19th century street scene in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
When filmmaker María Agui Carter first came across the 1876 memoir of a Latina who fought in the Civil War, she recognized "a voice that...
The signature image for "REBEL" is a composite of two portraits of Loreta Velazquez passing as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, soldier and spy of the American Civil War, played by actress Romi Dias.
When filmmaker María Agui Carter first came across the 1876 memoir of a Latina woman who fought in the Civil War, she recognized "a voice...
Ever talk to a kid in your life about women's history? Educator Jenny Wei shares a few hand-picked resources for getting the...
The 1913 woman suffrage parade brought women from around the country to Washington, D.C., in a show of determination to obtain the ballot...
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...
Five thousand women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on March 3, 1913, demanding the right to vote. Elspeth Kursh of the...
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...
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,...

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