About a month after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, I received a phone call from a colleague asking if I wanted to take a trip up to New...
The history behind a single object can often tell many stories. In 2004 the museum acquired a stock certificate from an early Internet...
In moments of crisis, our first thoughts are usually to get in contact with the people we love. September 11, 2001, was a day when many...

Blog Posts in "Women's History"

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,...
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...
Susan Hilferty's costumes for the musical WICKED are part of a carefully crafted world, one that she envisioned "had...
costume for Elphaba from the musical Wicked
Caves, oil spills, and museums might not sound like the most likely sources of inspiration when it's your job to design costumes for a...
Chris Kimball of the cooking show "America's Test Kitchen" shares memories of cooking in Julia Child's kitchen with museum curators.Peering...
When it comes to inventive uses of color, there is hardly a more inspiring example than the contributions of the late husband-and-wife...
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...
Editor's Note: The Museum recently marked Julia Child’s Centennial with a special display of her kitchen. This limited engagement (...
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...
There is a slim blue book on display on the museum’s first floor. In the chapter entitled “Patriotism,” you can read rules for displaying...
Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blog is written by Philadelphia Cousins, who is Julia Child’s niece. On August 15th, the National Museum of...
White jersey with red nine on the back. Text: "HAMM."
[This is the second part of a conversation Curator Eric Jentsch had with himself about the Olympic artifacts in our collection.]Female...
Besides our deep love of non-prime-time sports (like equestrian eventing and canoe slalom), we love the Olympics for the human interest...
Girl Scouts has been an experience passed from one generation to another for a century. In this, the final part of our series of blogs...
The Textile Collection at the National Museum of American History contains an embroidered picture of Charity based on a mezzotint engraving...
This month, Girl Scouts of America celebrated its 100th anniversary. In the fourth part of our Girl Scout stories series, a Smithsonian...
The weekend of June 9th saw thousands of Girl Scouts flock to Washington, D.C. and the National Mall for the “Rock the Mall” event, a...
Ella in white suit and hat with baseball player
After her death in 1996, curators from this museum worked with caretakers of the Ella Fitzgerald Estate, Richard Rosman and Fran Morris...
At the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History they’re the girls in the band, instrumentalists in the 18-piece...
On June 9, a quarter million people came together on the National Mall in Washington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of...
Our exhibit exploring one hundred years of Girl Scouts opened on the first of June. Girl Scouts has grown from a handful of girls in...
Girl Scouts of the USA was born one hundred years ago when its founder, Juliette Gordon Low, brought eighteen girls together in Savannah,...
Women’s Health Week just concluded. I’ve been thinking about this and how influenced we are by current events. This is particularly true...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Photograph of Alice Paul, seated
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
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...
As a member of the Military History Collections Project team, I research the official collection records of the museum for...
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...
In the year since the beginning of the Military History Collections Inventory project, other  members of the team ...
Khaki uniform, shoes, and hat
In the spring of 1998, I joined the National Museum of American History as a curator of Armed Forces History. Shortly after I arrived, my...
Good comedians make being funny seem effortless. But like any craft, comedy must be honed through relentless practice, organization, and...
The National Quilt Collection had its beginnings in the 1890s when three quilts were included in a donation of 18th and 19th...
Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a series featuring additional context about "So Much Need of Service": The Diary of a...
Louisa May Alcott. Courtesy of National Library of Medicine. “As no two persons see the same thing with the same eyes, my view of hospital...
Editor’s Note: Today's post is the last in a series about the museum's work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Caitlin Dichter is a Museum Studies...
Lace veil on black background
This spectacular veil was handmade for Princess Stéphanie of Belgium for her wedding to Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf in 1881. It...
It’s wedding season! With the recent royal wedding and my own daughter finalizing plans for her summer wedding, I’ve been asked by several...
Julia Child's notes in a book
Editor’s note: Today’s post is the third in a series of six about the museum’s work in Julia Child’s kitchen. Christine Klepper is a Museum...
Color photograph of four people in which shirts, arms inter-linked, walking on or standing in street during daytime, parade crowd in background
Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a series exploring the 30th anniversary of HIV and AIDS. Beginning on June 3, the National Museum...
The museum recently received an exciting addition to its archival collections: 4,500 menus from restaurants across the United States and...
“Where do you keep the tiara?” This was one of the first questions I was asked when I started work on the Military History Collections...
Mr. Isadore Warshaw began collecting business ephemera in 1928 that would later come to the National Museum of American History under the...
I still remember the day when my seventh grade teacher wrote the word history on the blackboard as two words: “HIS STORY.” Wow, I thought....
Portrait of Mary Lou Williams, CBS studio, New York, N.Y., ca. April 1947. Courtesy of William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin...
Richard Avedon photographed president-elect John F. Kennedy and his family fifty years ago on January 3, 1961. The Museum has just opened...
COBOL, a COmmon Business-Oriented Language, was proposed by a committee of programmers from business and government in 1959 and...
In black and white photo, a young girl looks at doll house with guidance of an older woman
Meet the Dolls. This miniature family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll, their 10 children, two visiting grandparents, five servants, and...
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on the Smithsonian Collections Blog as part of a 31-day Blogathon in October for...

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