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Note: While history shouldn’t require a spoiler alert, this blog does contain some minor ones regarding the HBO series Watchmen.“You know...
Maybe this painting looks familiar. A long row of red-coated soldiers. A cloud of gun smoke engulfing the street. Falling bodies.Detail of...
The Stonewall uprising began June 28, 1969, in response to a police raid at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York, and has since...

Blog Posts in "Philanthropy"

Bette and Jim Hagan, 1980
With each new season, a new crop of interns comes to the National Museum of American History. Two museum supporters, Bette and Lindsey...
Square shaped lace example, white on black background
"War" and "lace" are not often part of the same sentence. However, laces made in Belgium during World War I are an exception. About 50 of...
Photograph of the museum's exterior
The museum is excited to be opening its transformed first floor of the west wing this summer, including the Patrick F. Taylor...
Teachers look at historic books
We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of A. James Clark, the driving force behind Clark Construction Group, LLC. The story...
Two women wearing hats in WWI photo
The scream of incoming shells would send French peasant women dashing to their cellars for safety, but then they would pick their...
What motivates donors to give to museums? As a development intern at the National Museum of American History, I was curious to find out.One...
Do Dorothy's ruby slippers still work if you tap them together three times? What's with the punctuation in our national anthem? Where can I...
One woman looks at Abraham Lincoln's wedge tool while another holds it
Individual Giving Associate Lauren Collette spotlights museum member Shirley Loo. Loo grew up in Hawaii and didn't visit the Smithsonian...
Photo of a woman in a purple shirt standing beside case that contains the Ruby Slippers
Whether they give tours, process artifacts, or bring the museum to visitors online, museum volunteers do important work. In honor of...
Ella in white suit and hat with baseball player
After her death in 1996, curators from this museum worked with caretakers of the Ella Fitzgerald Estate, Richard Rosman and Fran Morris...
How far would you drive to visit the National Museum of American History? When I first met Museum donor David Garrett, I was amazed to hear...
As a museum employee, I have come to appreciate the amount of work, time, and expense that goes into developing an exhibition. The current...
How do you want to be remembered after you’re gone? People often wonder what kind of legacy they will leave behind. Wanda Shalett found an...
This blog is reposted from the Smithsonian Collections Blog.This blog is a virtual exhibition, based on the small exhibition of original...
I decided to intern at the National Museum of American History because I love history and sharing that interest with others. I always get...
What is a slide rule? As a product of the computer generation, my knowledge of these tools is virtually nonexistent. Recently, I had the...
Photo of the museum
Fred Starobin, former museum volunteer.The other day, my mail included a card-sized letter. It was addressed simply to "Smithsonian...
When sculptor Marc Mellon was commissioned to create the bust of philanthropist Kenneth E. Behring, the artist gladly took up the job and...
I still remember the day when my seventh grade teacher wrote the word history on the blackboard as two words: “HIS STORY.” Wow, I thought....
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the first in a new series that will profile some of the museum’s generous donors.Each Veterans Day, the...
Recently, Director Brent Glass hosted a “thank you” luncheon for a small group of the museum’s planned giving donors. The highlight was a...
You may have seen Lemelson Center docents in action in the lab; now learn how they came to be Smithsonian volunteers. Allow...
Like millions of people who watched or listened to We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January...

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