Sesame Street was an innovative and radical children's television program when it premiered in 1969. In the 1960s, many parents were...
Suffering from "shell shock and a general breakdown," Charles Mackall and James Randall arrived in Philadelphia in September 1918 from...
As our Philanthropy Initiative continues to explore the history of giving, we're eager to share stories of success and failure. This story...

Blog Posts in "Public Programs"

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Women in music have always struggled with recognition for their talent but during the mid-1900’s jazz music was a hardly receptive place...
There is a lot of history in this museum but it is not always alive. It was a different case last Friday, when Maurice Hines was here for a...
You never know what to expect when you head into the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab. Visitors might be learning about electricity...
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students—Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and...
When I applied to become an intern at the National Museum of American History, I honestly was not sure what to expect, so I decided to...
We’ve always heard that “money talks.” I remembered the phrase while talking with Richard Doty, curator of our numismatics collection...
As floor managers, we sometimes spend hours interacting with visitors—some of whom are more cheerful than others after a long visit to the...
Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony, September 17—it’s just another public program at the museum. I spend the morning working with...
I grew up in Colorado. Just about every time I mention that fact to someone, I get asked, “Do you ski?” And for years I would launch into...
It’s safe to say that I had no idea what I was getting into. My boss was unable to attend the meetings about the proposed “Teen Orientation...
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Ethiopia—a trip sponsored by the State Department—to lecture on American jazz and culture....
While Saturday mornings typically find me sleeping in or going for a run, the morning of August 1st was different. I arrived at the museum...
The oral history program with renowned author and global environmentalist Lester Brown last month was an eloquent reminder that the stories...
Visitors to the museum last Wednesday were in for a treat. In addition to viewing the museum’s usual exhibitions, they were also given the...
I love clothes. Enough so that souvenir shopping on any vacation is planned around the local thrift stores-the more cavernous and chaotic...
At the museum, we aim to bring history alive for visitors every day. This Wednesday the museum will host 19 finalists from the Kenneth E....
This Sunday, June 14, the museum will host a naturalization ceremony in celebration of Flag Day. Twenty eight children will be sworn in as...
The word zipped through the Museum’s foodie and gardening subcultures: Alice Waters is coming! She’ll be signing her latest book, The...
Going green is the thing to do these days. The buzzwords include ”sustainability,” “eco-friendly,” and “carbon footprint.” For many, it may...
You may wonder how a museum that has only been open since 1964 can possibly be celebrating 2,020 years of anything. But when it...
In accepting his appointment as Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu became the first Nobel science laureate to serve in a cabinet position. His...
I learned a lot about World War II from my father, who served in the Philippines. Being from the Motor City and often driving past the...
A loyal blog reader recently suggested that we record all of our Meet Our Museum programs for podcasting. It’s a...
I am fundamentally a shy person. As a child, I would hide from my tiny, adorable, very friendly grandmother because the three people in my...
Like many of you, I love the idea of inanimate objects having a secret life. The people leave, the lights go out, the door closes and then...
Like millions of people who watched or listened to We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January...
As we celebrate Women’s History Month this March, let’s not forget to honor the contributions that women have made to improving the...
“Tell me what YOU did at the Museum today!”  Every evening, my husband and I exchange information about our activities at our...
My alarm woke me up early on Inauguration Day, and like many others in Washington I padded down the hall and made my way downstairs for...
Wow. On Inauguration Day they came to Washington to witness history being made, and we thought we’d planned it all. We knew that Tuesday’s...
With millions of people on the National Mall to watch the presidential inauguration ceremonies, it’s perhaps no surprise that the museum...
As a program producer and member of the department that manages visitor services, I’m making my list for inauguration weekend: Cell phone....
While the museum isn’t expecting all of the projected millions of inaugural attendees to visit us, we are expecting enormous crowds. As a...
I tend to work later in the day than many of my museum colleagues and while the building was under construction that was quite a drag...
When the museum reopens on November 21, we will debut new theater programs designed to engage our visitors, bring history to life, and...
While many were planning their Halloween costumes, parties, and trick or treat routes, a few of us at the National Museum of American...
If you’re in the Baltimore area this weekend, head to Fort McHenry to check out their amazing Defender’s Day celebration. It’s a...
When I started my new job at the museum in the spring of 2007, we had just received a grant from the Verizon Foundation and had joined...
I saw that slogan on a bumper sticker this morning on my way to work and I thought it was a pretty great description of the changes we’re...
Within hours of the museum announcing our grand reopening date of November 21, the staff got this email message: “This is your chance to be...

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