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 "From the Collections"

Ora Snyder, chocolatier
I had the chocolate symposium (held a few weeks ago at the museum) and Women’s History Month on my mind when I came across...
Forty-two. That’s the number of babies my mother delivered during her short career as a medical doctor during the 1950s. It was a time when...
One of my first tasks as a new intern in the photographic history department was to research and write about Stanhopes—what they are, where...
Inside of Abraham Lincoln's watches reveals both its inner workings and engravings, including ""April 13, 1861 Fort Sumpter was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13, 1861 Washington" and "thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon."
A hush fell over the room as the watchmaker halted his work. A partially-dismantled pocket watch that once belonged to President Abraham...
Were we to judge by images alone, invention has been a man’s world, and only a man’s world. The title of one of the iconic paintings of...
It recently came to my attention that our museum is included, under a vaguely masked name, in the video game Fallout 3. The game is set in...
I can’t wait to see what Barack Obama does to fulfill his campaign pledge to spur innovation and improve American competitiveness in...
One of my favorite authors is the late Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series expounded the “interconnectedness of...
Many of today’s newspaper headlines describe the victory of presidential candidate Barack Obama as “historic.” The election might qualify...
Political history curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird have been traveling to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since...
Is your car, truck, or carriage sweet enough that we’d want it for the collections at the National Museum of American History? We’ve shown...
When the museum’s Archives Center was relocated to the first floor in 2003 to make room for the Price of Freedom exhibition, staff members...
Editor's Note: The portrait of Stephen Colbert returned to view at the National Museum of American History on December 16, 2010. Last...
With so many important issues facing the nation—an economy in trouble, a presidential election, wars overseas—you have probably turned to a...
In the midst of all the election and economy news you might have missed illusionist David Blaine’s newest trick. The 35-year-old world...
Jim Thorpe. Gertrude Ederle. Sonja Henie. Bobby Morrow. Muhammad Ali. Michael Jordan. Brian Boitano. Bonnie Blair. Kristi Yamaguchi....

Pages