Music blasts toward the audience as concertgoers dance to Steve Aoki's pounding bass rhythms and bright LED displays. The DJ throws cakes...
Wartime often catalyzes developments in philanthropy. In 2017, the museum added the Bowl of Rice party banner, from fundraising efforts to...
In April 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish American objects in our collections...

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On June 9, a quarter million people came together on the National Mall in Washington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of...
Once upon a time, around 2,000 B.C., there grew a magical plant in the Mediterranean region. Ancient civilizations heralded the plant as a...
The Girl Scouts are coming! If you have been reading this blog, you know that we are officially very ready for you, and have a wonderful...
Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a post that answers what a revolver, a sewing machine, a bicycle, and an early-model electric...
Take four technologies from the museum’s collections—a revolver, a sewing machine, a bicycle, and an early-model electric automobile. A...
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...
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...
For eleven years, each April, jazz supporters around the world have celebrated Jazz Appreciation Month. JAM was established in 2001 by the...
Girl Scouts of the USA was born one hundred years ago when its founder, Juliette Gordon Low, brought eighteen girls together in Savannah,...
A photograph of Celia Cruz taken in the 1950's
We asked you to vote on which of five iconic American figures should be memorialized in a new biographical portrait by Robert Weingarten, a...
It’s almost summer time! Time for the beach! Time for ice cream! Time for—summer learning loss? Research indicates that students lose some...
Women’s Health Week just concluded. I’ve been thinking about this and how influenced we are by current events. This is particularly true...
Over 10,000 votes have been cast in our contest to choose the subject of a new biographical portrait by Robert Weingarten, a noted...
As a historian, I think one of greatest pleasures of working in an archive is not just getting my hands on what I hoped to find, but...
In January 2012 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), in partnership with the Thomas...
People on a stage
The Latino D.C. History Project is an initiative to document, preserve, interpret, and display the varied stories of Latino life in the...
We’re asking YOU to help us show young visitors in our galleries what it was like to grow up in the 50s and early 60s....
Voting for our Frame an Iconic American contest opened May 11, 2012 and will run through May 26, 2012. Voting extended through May 28!...
You know how sometimes you are looking for one thing, but find something else that is even better? This color portrait of George Eastman,...
Help choose a historical figure whose biographical portrait will be composed by Robert Weingarten, a noted photographic artist. Read about...
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The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
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...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Peytona and Fashion’s Great Match by artist Charles Severyn and lithographer Henry R. Robinson, 1845 from the Harry T. Peters...
On the opening weekend of The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, my boyfriend and I lounged in the museum’s...
I felt like a kid again. On the morning of April 17, I stood amid a crowd of fellow staffers on the rooftop terrace of the National Museum...
Sometimes an ordinary object becomes important primarily for the story it has to tell. A ceramic cookie jar, for instance, may have been...
Many of us at the National Museum of American History were saddened to hear of the passing of Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller on April 16. Mr....
Editor’s note: This post is the second in a two-part series on the history of neon signs. Trying to identify the two neon signs...
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...
Editor’s note: This is the last of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins, the...
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a two-part series on the history of neon signs. Part of the fun of doing history here at the...
April 14 marks the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner Titanic’s tragic sinking in the North Atlantic. As part of our History Explorer “...
If you’ve checked out Smithsonian’s History Explorer —the museum’s online portal for all of our interactives, lesson plans,...
Editor’s note: Today’s post is written by a student at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. This spring, Professor Amy Stevens’ civil...
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...
Editor’s note: This is the eighth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
Teachers watch video in classroom
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: This is the seventh of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
If you like history and museums, you might have taken a tour or two of a museum and thought about becoming a docent. What’s a docent, you...
Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most...
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Kodachrome film. Courtesy of George Eastman HouseThough not unexpected, the news still came as a shock: on January 19, 2012, the 132-year-...
Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...
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 is...
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 is the fourth of a nine-part series that follows the European tour of one of the Smithsonian’s most treasured coins,...

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