In 2011, one year after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed to pass through the Senate, members of...
The National Museum of American History has over 2 million items in its collections, spanning every topic you could think of. And from...
Custom uniforms display cultural pride and signal Latino presence and excellence in baseball, America’s pastime. The colorful jerseys and...

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I’ll admit it, I love American Girl. Seriously, I’m a 20-something that still pulls my doll out whenever I’m home (which is admittedly only...
Most museum staff agree that working at the Smithsonian isn’t quite like Night at the Museum. In real museum work, it’s rare that anybody...
Tomatillo
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month takes place on September 15, 2012 here at the...
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...
It’s time again to go back to school and at the National Museum of American History that means we get ready to create exciting experiences...
Dust Bowl photo with wooden house and people running for cover
Editor's note: This post was written by Carla Pacitti, a high school English teacher in Hagerstown, Maryland and the museum's Summer...
Wearing splash-compatible footwear, museum intern Elizabeth Casey asks a couple of kids on the museum’s terrace whether they’d like to...
Horse-drawn wagon
Editor's Note: To commemorate Labor Day, the American Enterprise exhibition team will be highlighting some of the museum’s rich...
Actor Xavier Carnegie performing as Nat Love
Nat Love (pronounced “Nate”) lived the kind of life that adventure novels and blockbuster movies are built on. Freed from slavery at a...
Editor's Note: Re-posted from Bright Ideas, the blog of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation...
Last month I had the opportunity to walk through the Freer and Sackler Galleries with my three-year-old daughter. Passing by on...
Object portraits created by participants trying out the "Describe yourself in five objects" activity. A cross. A doll. A...
"You wouldn't shoot a wounded man!" were the last words Capt. James L. Rickards would shout on the front lines of the...
Editor's note: This 2012 blog post profiles an educational program no longer offered by the museum. Visit our Education and Impact page to...
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...
Yesterday our visitors joined us in celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday with cookies, cake, and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday...
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...
London, 1948 – As these 1948 London Olympic Games come to a close, the Secretary of the United States Olympic Association, Asa Bushnell,...
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 Museum was happy to host over 2 million visitors in the last few months. Just in case you're one of the 6.971 billion who couldn...
One of the earliest images of baseball is this hand colored lithograph of Union prisoners at Salisbury Confederate Prison. It is part of...
Croquet on the National Mall? This spring, while researching our series of Meet Joseph Henry museum theater programs, Daily Programs staff...
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...
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...
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...
Editor’s note: This is the second of two posts on the planned 1942 World’s Fair. A submitted design for the Arco dell’Impero. Photo by Art...
Editor’s note: This is the first of two posts on the planned 1942 World’s Fair. This post originally appeared on Bright Ideas. I find...
NMAH is participating in “Quilt in the Capital” with 24 panels on display in the Hall of Musical Instruments, hosting the AIDS 2012 Film...
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...
At a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Museum of American History this past May 25th, we were honored to welcome as the keynote...
Editor’s note: On July 14 and 15, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will host the third Classic Film Festival in the...
Curator’s Note: Jennica Rzepka added three hundred images of Double Eagles (20 dollar gold coins) into the National Numismatic...
As the summer workshops wind down and summer vacations begin in the education department, we have found ourselves each year sharing our...
The earthquake that ejected us from our offices last summer led me to take a new look at the collection of seismic instruments in the...
The Textile Collection at the National Museum of American History contains an embroidered picture of Charity based on a mezzotint engraving...
Obverse and reverse of1913 V-Nickel What makes numismatists (coin collectors) fascinating are the historic tidbits that each collector...
The Division of Work and Industry lost a great friend and collaborator with the passing of Robert “Bob” Rolfe in late April. Bob came to...
This month, Girl Scouts of America celebrated its 100th anniversary. In the fourth part of our Girl Scout stories series, a Smithsonian...
Early in May, as spring rain deluged the car, I quickly lowered the window to snap one photo of a modest garage on 19th Avenue Northeast...
Today, June 25, Johnny Smith celebrates his 90th birthday. In October 2011, Ken Kimery, Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Jazz...
Editor’s note: On June 23 and 24, the museum, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, will host the second Classic Film Festival in...
Maybe it’s the thundering of horses’ hooves as they race across open plains or the twitching of ready fingers on a gun holster, but...
It’s always exciting going into the vaults of a museum’s collection. Ok, so actually they’re rarely “vaults,” but it’s still exciting to...
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...

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