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...

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When I try to build things, it usually involves a lot of trial and error. If you are a fellow amateur do-it-yourselfer, you probably know...
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...
The "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing?  A new death-defying roller coaster?  Frame being prepared by the...
Jim Thorpe. Gertrude Ederle. Sonja Henie. Bobby Morrow. Muhammad Ali. Michael Jordan. Brian Boitano. Bonnie Blair. Kristi Yamaguchi....
Each year, dozens of interns find a home at the museum.  As an intern in the New Media Program this summer, I have assisted with the...
A few days ago the museum took another step toward our reopening by installing the giant prong that will hold up the abstract flag....
The centerpiece of the museum’s renovation is the brand-new state-of-the-art home for the Star-Spangled Banner. Yes, the Star-Spangled...
It has certainly been exciting around the Museum lately.  As a member of the External Affairs team, I often provide tours of the...
Last week we finally answered everyone’s most burning question: When will the museum reopen? November 21! At a much anticipated press...
When the museum reopens, visitors will clamor to see the Star-Spangled Banner (the flag that inspired the national anthem), they’ll admire...
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...
Welcome to the National Museum of American History’s new blog!  As the director of the museum’s New Media Program, and “editor-in-...
Museums change lives. When I was ten, my parents brought me to the Smithsonian for the first time.  They were children and...

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