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...

Blog Posts in "Musings"

Many of the staff who work here at the National Museum of American History are “museum advocates” (AKA fans). Not only do we love visiting...
As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close on October 15, I am reminded of a recent conversation I had with my old friend Dr. José (Joe) V...
On a recent visit to my mother’s house, I took a quick look through my childhood bookshelf. As a person who works with “material culture”...
August was National Inventors’ Month and the Lemelson Center celebrated with a number of high-profile events to highlight that...
Les Paul truly was an American legend. He was an extraordinary musician, inventor, and innovator who greatly influenced popular culture....
We were delighted to host a visit earlier this week by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He selected the Smithsonian Early Enrichment...
Coming into work one Monday morning in November 1996, I strolled by a small exhibit case and noticed that something wasn’t quite right. The...
Most of the people in my office began their association with the Smithsonian through internships. Once we got here, we fell in love, and...
When the rumor concerning Michael Jackson’s tragic death became fact, I raced to the Starbuckson the corner of 7th and E, Northwest, in...
I’m very excited about the publication of Julie Fenster’s intriguing new book, The Spirit of Invention: The Story of the Thinkers,...
Something in the news today caught me off guard. What I read was breaking news from the Associated Press (June 10, 2009): “Fiat Closes Deal...
The flags outside of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) are flying at half mast today and its doors are closed. Tragedy befell the...
On a typical day here at the museum, it would be hard to describe our “average” visitor. The people flowing through our doors are from all...
The voicemail message from the Daily Programs Coordinator sounded a little stressed: “How can we clean the canton?” Very carefully, I...
When I was in high school, I competed in what I describe to others as the “Constitutional Law Debate team” in East Brunswick, N.J. The...
In a memo released by the White House on January 21, President Obama charged government agencies to open up their virtual doors...

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