2018: Armistice 100th Anniversary

2018: Armistice 100th Anniversary

On November 11, 1918, world leaders signed the Armistice ending World War I and its four years of bloody conflict. This November, the Museum is proud to commemorate the centennial of the war’s end with a social media event, special film screenings, an afterhours concert, and a museum-wide day of remembrance.

Long Way to Tipperary Sheet Music

A Silent Night:
A World War I Memorial in Song

Saturday, November 10 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us as we mark the centennial of the end of World War I with a musical tribute to the war that changed the world. Starring baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan, this performance explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. It pays homage to the many composers who lived through, fought, and died in the war, and illuminates the way that the First World War changed music, song, and poetry forever.
Brancy and Dugan will perform pieces from a variety of composers, including George Butterworth, Carl Orff, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Charles Ives.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.




Reenactors and civiliansRemembering World War I

Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

One hundred years ago today the most terrible war the world had ever known came to an end. Join us for a daylong commemoration of the event that thrust America onto the global stage and shaped the world we live in today. Rarely seen objects out of storage, lightning talks, temporary exhibits, uniformed re-enactors, hands-on activities, movies and an 11:00 a.m. ceremony marking the moment the guns fell silent. 

Free and open to the public.






Three diagonal film stripsVeterans Day Film Festival

Saturday and Sunday November 10-11, 2018

Salute those who have served during our Veterans Film Festival from November 10-11. Discover extraordinary stories about veterans and their families who have sacrificed all for our country and freedom.





The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all abilities. Request for accessibility services can be made by phone at 202-633-3150 or by email at nmahprograms@si.edu. 



Stories of Service reads the text, with a patriotic woman on the leftONLINE
Stories of Service Social Media Day

Friday, November 9, 2018 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join the National Museum of American History and cultural organizations across the country to share stories of service—how Americans donated their time, talent, money and more during wartime to make a difference. 





From Our Blog

Cher Ami

This summer marks the centennial of a bird—possibly the most famous pigeon in history—going on display at the Smithsonian. A representative of Columba livia domestica, this bird is known as simply Cher Ami.

An etching of a man with a musket.
“About the prints … I make no comment, save that they were made from the indelible impressions of war. They are not imaginary. I saw them.” Kerr Eby wrote about his World War I etchings.
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