Custom uniforms display cultural pride and signal Latino presence and excellence in baseball, America’s pastime. The colorful jerseys and...
As a little girl, Jessica Govea had become accustomed to rising early and making her way to the fields with her family. During the cotton...
While the iconic egg-shaped Beautyblender sponge is wildly popular and used by makeup professionals and everyday people from all...

Blog Posts in "Intern Perspectives"

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:...
Pigeon in jacket blueprint
Exploring our Archive Center's Maidenform collection, intern Lindsay Keating found an interesting story about how pigeons supported World...
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington makes intern Caitlin Gropp's research in preparation for a nationwide, online program...
two educators hold model slave shackles in front of a model ship
This summer, a new program debuted on the museum floor: (Re)Searching an American Slave Ship. It highlights the ongoing research led by our...
Empty bakery, black and white photo, with bread and bread slicing machines
The "home of sliced bread" welcomes its bread-slicing machine back, thanks to a loan from our museum. Development intern Christina Ross...
New York Journal cover with Lindy's face and plane
A 1936 article in The Literary Digest claimed that aviator Charles Lindbergh's scientific work "would probably be remembered long after his...
Young female intern with the remnants of a crab feast, including containers of butter, napkins, crabs, in an outdoor setting
"If you can't eat that, then you ain't hungry!" These are the words I heard from my internship supervisor (in a Maryland accent, mind you)...
Staged photograph of a man re-enacting a mining accident. The man is posed as if he has been pinned between to loaded train cars making a sharp curve on the tracks.
Intern Lindsay Keating shares an oddly interesting find from the museum's Archive Center.I was flipping through photo album after photo...
This Thursday's Food in the Garden program asks a challenging question: "Can gardening change the world?" Intern Heather Olsen...
Like New Media interns before her, Hannah Ostroff enjoys the history of American musical theater. She interviewed Curator Dwight Blocker...
Glass bottles (two) and glass beads on string
Archaeology work might not be glamorous, but it yields some incredible finds. Intern Meera Munoz Pandya takes us behind the scenes in the...
Edward Wadsworth. "Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool," 1919.
Last week, Intern Joseph Brichacek explained how one World War I artist found inspiration from colorful camouflage. Today, he examines how...
Sketch or artwork of plane crashing to the ground. Soldiers lay on the ground. Toppled fence posts. Dark browns, blacks, grays.
Joseph Brichacek, an intern with the Military History Collections Project, explores how camouflage blurs the lines between...
Three photos: A school desk patent, a label for a school desk patent, and an illustration of three desks in the "Triumph" style
There are more to desks than you might see on the surface. Just as American students have changed over the years, so have their furniture....
When a new object goes on display, we get excited. Intern Hannah Ostroff gives a behind the scenes look at the installation of our 19th-...
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Want to know more about the people behind this blog? Current intern Hannah Ostroff gives us a peek into her work and shares upcoming...
When I arrived at orientation and received my internship guide, featuring an image of First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, I...
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...
The 11-day heat wave of summer 2012 that had residents of DC and much of the nation sweltering has finally ended. Interns at the...
Curator’s Note: Jennica Rzepka added three hundred images of Double Eagles (20 dollar gold coins) into the National Numismatic...
A plate of General Tso's Chicken, with a side of broccoli
Curator’s Note: What started out as a simple research assignment for the Sweet & Sour Initiative turned into an interesting culinary...
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...
So there I was, in my self-assigned corner of Flag Hall, half-anxious and half-excited to share my knowledge of carnaval in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Current and former Peace Corps volunteers gathered in Washington, D.C.during the weekend of September 24-25, 2011, to commemorate the...
Editor's Note: Today's post is the second in a series about legendary sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder and his impact on jazz. See part...
The lush tones of Miles Davis are unmistakable to millions. It is common knowledge among jazz fans that Davis was heavily influenced by...
Museums play an important role as gatekeepers to public memory, deciding which events and experiences to preserve so that we may never...
King Dragon menu, New York, NY, 1976.I recently delved into the museum’s newly acquired menu collection. My focus was a sub-set of the...
Students at the hands-on history carts. On an evening earlier this month, the museum came alive with the bustle of 5,414 National History...
Have you ever wondered why the exterior of the National Museum of American History looks the way it does? Architectural sketch of the...
Editor's Note: The following post was written by a spring intern in New Media, the department that is responsible for bringing you this...
Trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Clark Terry has first-hand experience in many notable chapters in jazz history. His lifelong devotion to...
During this 10th anniversary celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Smithsonian Jazz honors educator, composer, musician and longtime...
The date: June 11, 2010. The time: 8:30 a.m. (a shocking hour for a college undergraduate to be anywhere, let alone well-groomed,...
Photograph of exhibition exterior.
Los Angeles Times, April 30, 1939. "Goldfish Gulping," p. I3.It started out with one. One live goldfish, swallowed up by a Harvard freshman...
During my internship with the Archives Center I’ve had the opportunity to work on the Maid of Cotton Collection. Running...
When I thought about doing an internship at the National Museum of American History, the idea of working in the building that houses the...
Many of today’s political candidates harness social media to rally the electorate. But what did politicians do before the advent of...
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...
You may have seen Lemelson Center docents in action in the lab; now learn how they came to be Smithsonian volunteers. Allow...
Mariela Melero and Brent D. Glass stand near artifacts, including a yellow shirt for a doll that Mariela is holding, which were donated to the National Museum of American History by the Melero family
As chronicled in several of our past posts, the National Museum of American History regularly holds naturalization ceremonies in...

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