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2017_DC_Film_Forum_A1_17030921DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 1: Panel 1: Tower (2016): Keith Maitland
Screening and Discussion – TOWER (2016), Keith Maitland
The History Film Forum opens with a discussion with South by Southwest Grand Jury award-winning director Keith Maitland on his use of archival material and animation in his groundbreaking film Tower. On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_A2_17030943DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 1: Panel 2: Slavery by Another Name (2012): Sam Pollard, Douglas Blackmon and Sheila Curran Bernard
Screening - Slavery by Another Name (2012) *, Sam Pollard
Slavery by Another Name recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_A3_17030941DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 1: Panel 3: Keynote – Douglas Blackmon and Sam Pollard
Keynote – Douglas Blackmon and Sam Pollard
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon and Emmy-Award winning producer Sam Pollard as they are interviewed by Jeff Bieber, Vice President of Content Development and Production from WETA television, about their careers and the challenges inherent...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_A4_170309121DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 1: Panel 4: Timeless: (Re)Creating American History
Screening and Discussion - TIMELESS: (Re)Creating American History
The History Film Forum takes an inside look at the NBC drama “Timeless.” Each week, “Timeless” takes viewers back in time through America’s rich history to reflect upon the lesser known details of monumental moments that have shaped our...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_B1_1703109DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 2: Panel 1: The Real Mad Men of Advertising, Smithsonian Channel
"Mad Men" gave audiences an all-access glimpse into the world of advertising in America during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. It was inspired by the real men and women of Madison Avenue who perfected the art of the sale and transformed American culture in the process. Who were these people and what...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_B2_17031066DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 2: Panel 2: Responsibilities of History Filmmakers: A. Scott Berg, Ed Ayers, Melissa Haizlip, Nancy Buirski and Sheila Curran Bernard
In his keynote address at the inaugural History Film Forum in 2015, filmmaker Ric Burns said “When you traffic in film and history, fiction or nonfiction, you are borrowing the authority and power and majesty of the real and counting on its potency to lift your tale. You, therefore, have a contract with...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_B3_17031027DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 2: Panel 3: The Loving Story (2011): Nancy Buirski
Oscar-shortlist selection The Loving Story, the debut feature by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski, is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia—the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_B4_17031064DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 2: Panel 4: The Great War (American Experience, 2017): A. Scott Berg, Adriane Lentz-Smith, Mark Samels, and Stephen Ives
Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of never before seen footage from the new film from PBS’s American Experience series: The Great War. The Great War is a six-hour, three-night event that will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6,...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_C1_17031175DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 3: Panel 1: Women in History Filmmaking: Nancy Buirski, Lynn Novick, Hannah Ayers, Melissa Haizlip and Laurens Grant
Panel - Women in History Filmmaking
Across the top-grossing 1,100 films that debuted between 2002 and 2012, only 4.4% were created by female directors. As a study by Dr. Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg school discovered, of 129 top grossing G, PG, and PG-13 films theatrically released between 2006 and...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_C2_17031169DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 3: Panel 2: Inside Crash Course: Nicholas Jenkins, Blake de Pastino, Nicole Sweeney, Raoul Meyer, Stan Muller, and Ed Ayers
Panel - Inside Crash Course
From balancing chemical reactions to analyzing famous literature, never before has one video collection offered such a range of content. Since 2011, brothers John and Hank Green have pioneered digital education with their series Crash Course, which has more than 5 million...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_C3_17031148DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 3: Panel 3: An Outrage (2017), Hannah Ayers, Lance Warren
Screening - An Outrage (2017), Hannah Ayers, Lance Warren
The History Film Forum is proud to present the premiere of An Outrage, a documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants,...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_C4_17031155DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 3: Panel 4: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (2016), Eric Stange
Screening – Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (2016)*, Eric Stange
The Forum presents an exclusive advanced screening of Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive, which will have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on the “American Masters” series in fall 2017 on PBS. Edgar Allan Poe is among the most famous and...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_D1_17031240DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 4: Panel 1: Innovative Formats in History Media
Innovative Formats in History Media
The Forum explores three interactive documentary projects for the:
* Between the Waters, South Carolina ETV’s immersive transmedia website showcasing lowcountry culture and history,
* Walden, a game, a first person simulation of the life of American philosopher...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_D2_17031250DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 4: Panel 2: Chinese Exclusion Act (2017): Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu and Martin Gold
Screening and Discussion - The Chinese Exclusion Act (2017), Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu
On May 6th, 1882 – on the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in American history – President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a unique piece of federal legislation, called the Chinese Exclusion Act. Unlike any...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_D3_17031250DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 4: Panel 3: Hollywood Shuffle? Black History on Film, Sam Pollard, April Reign, Fath Favis Ruffins, Nicholas Wiggins and Caty Borum Chattoo
Panel - Hollywood Shuffle? Black History on Film
Two years after #OscarsSoWhite began trending, the History Film Forum and The Undefeated examine the state of Black history on the screen. The African American Film Critics Association called 2016 the best year ever for black people in cinema, with films...
2017_DC_Film_Forum_D4_17031258DC -- 2017 History Film Forum -- Day 4: Panel 4: Jazz Ambassadors
Performance and Discussion – Jazz Ambassadors *, Hugo Berkeley
What better way to close the History Film Forum than with jazz and history! In the late ’50s, U.S. government officials eager to make a case for America’s superiority to Communist regimes found a new vehicle to deliver the message to a...
2018_DC_Solstice_NMAH_180623107DC -- America Now Solstice Saturday @ Natl Museum of Amer History
Revel in the solstice at this year’s America Now, when three of your favorite museums unite for an after-hours festival of Americana. Enjoy the extra daylight at a mid-summer moveable feast celebrating the best of art and history in DC. Gather for happy hour at the National Museum of American History...
2018_DC_SIAH_Cultivating47DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Dibner Library Exhibit: Cultivating America's Gardens
Cultivating America's Gardens
May 4, 2017 – August 2018
Using books and objects from Libraries and Gardens collections of the Smithsonian, Cultivating America’s Gardens highlights early horticulture publications; 19th century popular and new “exotic plants”; prominent landscape designers; changing...
2015_DC_SIAH_Fantastic66DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Dibner Library Exhibit: Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910
Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910
July 1, 2015 – February 26, 2017
This exhibition explores the intersecting influences of science, innovation, industry, and the Victorian creative imagination through books from the Smithsonian Libraries and selected historical objects from Smithsonian...
2010_DC_SIAH_Fold14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Dibner Library Exhibit: Fold, Pull, Pop, Turn (Paper Engineering)
Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn
June 14, 2010 – September 5, 2011
This exhibition on innovative book design highlights movable, pop-up, folding, and multiple-construction books from the year 1570 to the present day. Although today pop-up books are often found in the children's book section,...
2013_DC_SIAH_Little59DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Dibner Library Exhibit: Little Golden Books
Little Golden Books
June 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Learn how Little Golden Books transformed children’s reading habits and became a catalyst for change in reading standards and traditions in the early 20th century. Prior to World War II, large-format, classic story books for children were...
2018_DC_SIAH_YCollect58DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Dibner Library Exhibit: Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect
Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect
November 7, 2018 – July 1, 2020
The impulse to collect is human. We collect for many reasons: to gather information about the world, to preserve the past, and to follow our interests and desires. For some, it is a lifelong pursuit. Pioneering collectors shaped...
2010_DC_SIAH_193922DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: 1939
1939
November 24, 2010 – October 21, 2012
This small exhibition reveals how Americans used entertainment to distract themselves during a turbulent year when the country was recovering from the Great Depression and World War II loomed -- 1939. Heroes, both real and imaginary, were made through radio...
2014_DC_SIAH_WorldsFair40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: 1965 Ford Mustang and World's Fair
1965 Ford Mustang
April 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015
A silver-blue 1965 Ford Mustang made in October 1964 and donated to the museum in 2004 by Eleanor McMillan, a former Smithsonian employee, is on display. The first Mustang was revealed to the public by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in New York...
2019_06_24C5_SIAH_DDay44DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: 75th Anniversary of D-Day
75th Anniversary of D-Day
June 6, 2019 – TBD
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the museum displays objects from our World War II collections. Featured objects include a rare and authentic marble grave marker of the type used in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer,... (Partially reviewed)
2002_DC_SIAH_More_Perfect2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
October 1, 1987 – January 11, 2004
The Constitutional process is examined by considering the experiences of Americans of Japanese ancestry before, during, and after World War II. During World War II almost 120,000 Japanese Americans,...
2003_DC_SIAH_More_Perfect4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
October 1, 1987 – January 11, 2004
The Constitutional process is examined by considering the experiences of Americans of Japanese ancestry before, during, and after World War II. During World War II almost 120,000 Japanese Americans,...
2009_DC_SIAH_Lincoln130DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
While photographing the exhibit one time, I ran into James Swanson giving a private tour of the collection to Conan O'Brien, who gave a Lincoln talk the previous night at Ford's Theatre.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life:
Ongoing, Third floor center
As part of the Smithsonian-wide celebration...
2017_DC_SIAH_AdWar30DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Advertising War
Advertising War
April 6, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Before the advent of radio and motion pictures, art and illustration were the primary forms of mass communication. With the outbreak of World War I, governments, militaries, and service organizations hired artists and illustrators to depict the ravages...
2005_DC_SIAH_AgHall11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Agriculture Hall
Agriculture Hall
January 23, 1964 – September 4, 2006
Hand and horse-drawn tools to present-day mechanized equipment illustrate the changes in rural America since the 18th century. Together the scythes, hayforks, plows, harvesting machinery, and steam engines show the progression in agriculture from...
2019_03_12E1_SIAH_All_Work72DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: All Work and No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor
All Work and No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor
March 4, 2019 – February 2020
Explore the history of women’s work in the home and the value and implications of unwaged labor. Despite making steps forward in the paid labor force, there is an implied and historical expectation that women will... (Partially reviewed)
2016_DC_SIAH_Firefighting17DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Always Ready: Firefighting in the 19th Century
Always Ready: Firefighting in the 19th Century
September 16, 2016 – TBD
Firefighting has always been a duty that depends upon the participation of the community. However, the role of citizens in fighting fire changed dramatically over the 19th century. Populations grew and buildings rose in size,...
2018_DC_SIAH_Listening39DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America's Listening
America's Listening
October 19, 2018 – TBA
America's Listening tells the story of recorded sound and five of the innovations that contributed to how we consume music and movies today. Artifacts on view include Thomas Edison’s phonograph, Alexander Graham Bell’s graphophone, Emile Berliner’s...
2003_DC_SIAH_On_Move66DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America on the Move
2005_DC_SIAH_On_Move4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America on the Move
2012_DC_SIAH_On_Move21DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America on the Move
Time for a few pictures with the wide angle lens.
2015_DC_SIAH_On_Move490DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America on the Move
2016_DC_SIAH_On_Move34DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America on the Move
2017_DC_SIAH_Democracy563DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith
2015_DC_SIAH_Enterprise45DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Enterprise
2016_DC_SIAH_Enterprise687DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Enterprise
2014_DC_SIAH_Nisei6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Heroes (Nisei medalion)
American Heroes
February 19, 2014 – June 2, 2014
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, President Roosevelt issued an executive order which resulted in the removal and imprisonment of over 110,000 ethnic Japanese in camps through the western U.S. Almost two-thirds of those...
2012_DC_SIAH_Stories127DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Stories
Take a journey through time and discover both well-known and less-familiar stories about the American experience in the Museum’s newest signature exhibition: American Stories. In 5,300 square feet, American Stories features an engaging mix of artifacts from the Museum’s vast holdings to tell stories...
2014_DC_SIAH_Stories46DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Stories
2015_DC_SIAH_Stories68DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Stories
Including the mini-exhibit Giving in America
December 1, 2015 – Indefinitely
The two Giving in America preview cases explore civic philanthropy over the past century. By the turn of the 20th century, a new generation of wealthy Americans increasingly supported secular as well as religious-based...
2016_DC_SIAH_Stories35DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Stories
2010_DC_SIAH_Apollo20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Apollo: Where Stars Are Born
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment
April 23, 2010 – August 29, 2010
The exhibition explores for the first time the rich history and the cultural significance of Harlem's Apollo Theater. It features photographs and artifacts to trace the story of the...
1999_DC_SIAH_Armed1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Armed Forces History
Armed Forces History
July 3, 1965 – January 12, 2004
Through displays of uniforms, weapons, and flags, the Armed Forces History Hall traces the development of the U.S. armed forces beginning with the early Colonial period. A selection of patent models by such notable American inventors as Samuel Colt,...
2002_DC_SIAH_Armed2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Armed Forces History
Armed Forces History
July 3, 1965 – January 12, 2004
Through displays of uniforms, weapons, and flags, the Armed Forces History Hall traces the development of the U.S. armed forces beginning with the early Colonial period. A selection of patent models by such notable American inventors as Samuel Colt,...
2005_DC_SIAH_Armed1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Armed Forces History
Armed Forces History
July 3, 1965 – January 12, 2004
Through displays of uniforms, weapons, and flags, the Armed Forces History Hall traces the development of the U.S. armed forces beginning with the early Colonial period. A selection of patent models by such notable American inventors as Samuel Colt,...
2018_DC_SIAH_Art_Industry30DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Art in Industry
Art in Industry
March 22, 2018 – TBA
Art in Industry looks back at a time when Americans embraced artistic skills as a way to build a consumer-oriented industrial economy. This display features artistic industries as varied as publishing and pottery from the 1830s to the 1930s through three lenses:...
2014_DC_SIAH_Bollywood40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Beyond Bollywood
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
February 27, 2014 – August 16, 2015
Learn about the history and contemporary experiences of Indian Americans as they have grown to be one of the more diverse and well-recognized communities in the United States. Photographs, artifacts, video, and...
2015_DC_SIAH_BigBand5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Big Band
Big Band
March 31, 2015 – Indefinitely
“Big Band” is by American painter LeRoy Neiman, who was known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events. Completed in 2005, this work depicts performers he saw in concert from the 1950-80s....
2017_DC_SIAH_BigBand40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Big Band
Big Band
March 31, 2015 – Indefinitely
“Big Band” is by American painter LeRoy Neiman, who was known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events. Completed in 2005, this work depicts performers he saw in concert from the 1950-80s....
2010_DC_SIAH_Dollhouse6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Bradford Dolls' House
2016_DC_SIAH_Dollhouse34DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Bradford Dolls' House
2014_DC_SIAH_Purse35DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Camilla's Purse
Camilla's Purse
January 24, 2014 – May 4, 2014
Holocaust survivor Camilla Gottlieb’s ordinary life in Vienna was upended by World War II into crisis, imprisonment, and ultimately a new life in the United States. Her purse, discovered by her family after her death in 1964, contained letters and papers...
2016_DC_SIAH_Celebration20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities
Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities
September 9, 2016 – December 27, 2016
To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History presents a special display of 25 photographs that reflect the diversity of the...
2002_DC_SIAH_Ceremonial1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ceremonial Court
2003_DC_SIAH_Ceremonial2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ceremonial Court
2006_DC_SIAH_Ceremonial1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ceremonial Court
2012_DC_SIAH_Changing124DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
December 14, 2012 - September 15, 2013
The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History commemorate two events that changed the course of the nation: The 1863...
2018_DC_SIAH_City_Hope49DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
December 15, 2017 – Indefinitely
City of Hope commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s daring vision to end poverty in the United States. With newly discovered photographs and videos, the exhibition encourages visitors to...
2006_DC_SIAH_CBarton_Amb3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898
2017_DC_SIAH_CBarton_Amb12DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898
Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898
This ambulance is one of eleven vehicles purchased by the Central Cuban Relief Committee of New York for use by Clara Barton and the American National Red Cross. The committee sent the ambulance to Camp Thomas, an army debarkation camp in Chickamauga, Georgia,...
2019_06_24C3_SIAH_CBarton_Amb11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898 (Partially reviewed)
2012_DC_SIAH_Conestoga4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Conestoga Wagon
Conestoga Wagon
September 19, 2012 – Indefinitely
Covered wagons, which enabled settlement to spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, have long held an iconic place in the real and storied past of the American nation. Until the 1850s, Conestoga wagons helped settlers just beyond the mid-Atlantic...
2010_DC_SIAH_Cosmos9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt
Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt
May 28, 2010 – December 5, 2010
This exhibition features the oldest surviving Anglo-American star map. Hand-drawn in 1780 by Simeon De Witt (1756-1834), a surveyor for George Washington and the Continental army, the map shows the stars...
2006_DC_SIAH_Post_Office10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Country Store Post Office
2016_DC_SIAH_Cyrus42DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Cyrus Field and the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
Cyrus Field and the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
July 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016
In the mid-19th century, the world suddenly became smaller when an underwater telegraph cable joined two nations divided by the sea, Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada. Using Archives Center collection materials, this...
2005_DC_SIAH_Disneyland1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Disneyland: The First 50 Years
Disneyland: The First 50 Years
June 9, 2005 – September 4, 2006
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, two rides -- a big teacup from Alice's Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant -- from the original theme park in Los Angeles, California, are on view.
2008_DC_SIAH_Disneyland2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Disneyland: The First 50 Years
Disneyland: The First 50 Years
June 9, 2005 – September 4, 2006
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, two rides -- a big teacup from Alice's Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant -- from the original theme park in Los Angeles, California, are on view.
2016_DC_SIAH_Lighting237DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Electricity: Lighting the World
2015_DC_SIAH_EV111DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: EV1 Electric Car
EV1 Electric Car
June 10, 2015 – September 30, 2015
The EV1 was the first modern electric car designed for a mass market. Beginning in 1996, General Motors built 1,117 of the cars and leased most of them to consumers in California, Arizona, and Georgia. The EV1 became the focal point of a national...
2017_DC_SIAH_Righting181DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Executive Order 9066
Executive Order 9066
February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2018
February 19, 2017, is the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This three-page document signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the course of history for a segment of Americans of Japanese ancestry in America, and...
2002_DC_SIAH_Fast_Attack4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003
This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II. It shows how submarines are built, how they work, and what they do. It also tells the story of submariners and...
2003_DC_SIAH_Fast_Attack6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003
This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II. It shows how submarines are built, how they work, and what they do. It also tells the story of submariners and...
2006_DC_SIAH_Fire_Water2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Fire and Water: The CIGNA Firefighting and Maritime Collection
Fire and Water: The CIGNA Firefighting and Maritime Collection
October 28, 2005 – July 13, 2006
Visitors can watch through large windows as curators process a collection of nearly 4,000 firefighting and maritime materials that date from 1825-1875, the heyday of voluntary fire organizations....
2003_DC_SIAH_Gowns3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
2004_DC_SIAH_Gowns1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
2006_DC_SIAH_Gowns1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
2009_DC_SIAH_Gowns36DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
2012_DC_SIAH_Gowns2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
2016_DC_SIAH_Gowns2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
The Nancy Reagan RIP sign was up.
2018_DC_SIAH_Gowns11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: First Ladies
I had not seen the Melania Trump gown since it had been installed.
2013_DC_SIAH_Food46DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Food: Transforming the American Table
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000 explores some of the major changes in food and wine in postwar America. From the impact of innovations and new technologies, to the influence of social and cultural shifts, the exhibition considers how these...
2019_05_16F3_SIAH_Forgotten34DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
May 10, 2019 – Spring 2020
Marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a critical episode in the development of the American West, Hidden Workers focuses on the forgotten Chinese... (Partially reviewed)
2015_DC_SIAH_Sinatra9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Frank Sinatra at 100
Frank Sinatra at 100
November 20, 2015 – March 2016
The National Museum of American History marks the centennial of one of the giants of the entertainment world, Frank Sinatra (1915-98), with a display focused on his popular music, jazz, and motion picture career. This display showcases Sinatra’s...
2017_DC_SIAH_Pershing15DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918
Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918
April 6, 2017 – Indefinitely
General John J. Pershing insisted the United States military have an independent American army on the ground when the U.S. entered the Great War. By recreating Pershing’s war office, this display gives the visitor a sense of...
2016_DC_SIAH_Sidney39DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: George Sidney: Creativity and Innovation in Golden Age Hollywood
George Sidney: Creativity and Innovation in Golden Age Hollywood
January 19, 2016 – March 21, 2016
George Sidney (1916-2002), was an Oscar-winning director of musicals, dramas, and comedies during the Golden Age of Hollywood from the 1930s through the1950s. Sidney was under contract to...
2016_DC_SIAH_Giving61DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Giving in America
2018_DC_SIAH_Giving45DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Giving in America
The exhibit had been updated with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton costume.
2019_06_24C6_SIAH_Giving33DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Giving in America (Partially reviewed)
2002_DC_SIAH_Burden16DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2003_DC_SIAH_Burden2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2006_DC_SIAH_Burden2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2008_DC_SIAH_Burden38DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2009_DC_SIAH_Burden5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2010_DC_SIAH_Burden16DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2012_DC_SIAH_Burden5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2016_DC_SIAH_Burden338DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden
2019_06_24C7_SIAH_Burden31DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Glorious Burden (Partially reviewed)
2014_DC_SIAH_Google4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Google Cork Board server
Preview Case: American Enterprise
September 14, 2013 – January 13, 2015
This sneak peek at the museum's renovations features a Google Cork Board server.
2016_DC_SIAH_Piano9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Grand Piano
Grand Piano made by Bluthner, Leipzig, Germany, 1900
August 13, 2014 – Ongoing
The piano was made by the Blüthner firm in Leipzig, which remains one of the most respected German piano builders. This piano has a version of the ornate Jubilee cast-iron plates Blüthner produced from 1898 to 1907. It also...
1999_DC_SIAH_Gunboat2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gunboat Philadelphia
2002_DC_SIAH_Gunboat3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gunboat Philadelphia
2004_DC_SIAH_Gunboat1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gunboat Philadelphia
2005_DC_SIAH_Gunboat2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gunboat Philadelphia
2012_DC_SIAH_Gunboat1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gunboat Philadelphia
2015_DC_SIAH_Gunboat47DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gunboat Philadelphia
2013_DC_SIAH_Fire_Engine11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hand-Pumped Fire Engine, 1842
2016_DC_SIAH_Fire_Engine10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hand-Pumped Fire Engine, 1842
2015_DC_SIAH_Hart_Celler23DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hart-Celler Act
Hart-Celler Act
October 2, 2015 – January 20, 2016
The Hart-Celler Act had far-reaching effects upon immigration to the United States by opening the possibility of coming to this nation for many people from around the world. Passage of the Act in 1965 was a water-shed event in configuring contemporary...
2015_DC_SIAH_Voice51DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hear My Voice
"Hear My Voice": Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound
January 26, 2015 – October 25, 2015
Alexander Graham Bell is best remembered as the inventor of the telephone, but he was also instrumental in the development of sound recording at his Volta Laboratory in Washington, D.C. See...
2010_DC_SIAH_Holidays4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Holidays on Display
Holidays on Display
November 13, 2009 – September 30, 2010
This exhibition examines the art, industry, and history of holiday displays across the United States, primarily between the 1920s and the 1960s, at the height of their popularity. On view are photographs, postcards, and illustrations of parade...
2016_DC_SIAH_Hooray45DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hooray for Politics!
Hooray for Politics!
February 1, 2016 – Indefinitely
This display juxtaposes historic voting devices with contemporary candidate rally signs to encourage our visitors to reflect on the relationship between the nation’s democratic traditions and the current swirl of election news, and draw visitors...
2006_DC_SIAH_Ice_Cream1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ice Cream Parlor
Ice Cream Parlor
July 3, 1981 – September 2, 2003
Museum visitors can enjoy sundaes and sodas made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream in a parlor reminiscent of the turn of the century. An authentic decorative mirror is mounted behind the soda fountain. The exhibit also includes Stohlman's Confectionary and...
2019_06_24C2_SIAH_Stonewall46DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
June 21, 2019 – 2020
In June 1969, LGBTQ+ community members resisted a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in lower Manhattan. This event and others from that time were pivotal to the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. The museum marks this 50th... (Partially reviewed)
2015_DC_SIAH_Innovation20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Innovation Wing
2015_DC_SIAH_Inventing53DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Inventing in America
2016_DC_SIAH_Inventing25DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Inventing in America
2013_DC_SIAH_Patent5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Invention and the Patent Model
Invention and the Patent Model
June 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014
Between 1790 and 1880, the U.S. Patent Office required a three-dimensional working model of each submission to demonstrate how the invention worked and to compare it against previously patented inventions. The models reflect technological...
2017_DC_SIAH_JFK10013DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: JFK Centennial Celebration
JFK Centennial Celebration
May 25, 2017 – August 27, 2017
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth on May 29, the Museum displays nine photographs of the 35th President and his family within the American Presidency exhibition. The photographs, taken in 1961 by...
2002_DC_SIAH_Julia2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Julia Child’s Kitchen
2004_DC_SIAH_Julia7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Julia Child’s Kitchen
2009_DC_SIAH_Julia2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Julia Child’s Kitchen
2002_DC_SIAH_July19423DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: July 1942: United We Stand
July 1942: United We Stand
March 22, 2002 – October 27, 2002
Of the original 500 magazines printed July 1942 that featured the American flag, this exhibition reunites 60 years later nearly 100 of these covers. Intended as a show of patriotism, national strength, and unity in a time of crisis, the 1942...
2019_06_24C8_SIAH_Kinky5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Kinky Boots (Partially reviewed)
2006_DC_SIAH_Armstrong1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lance Armstrong's Tour de France Bicycle
Lance Armstrong's Tour de France Bicycle
December 14, 2005 – September 4, 2006
Lance Armstrong was the only man in history to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times.* On view are the Trek 5500 bicycle he rode in the 2000 Tour de France and a LIVESTRONG wristband worn to raise awareness of...
2012_DC_SIAH_CWDraft2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Civil War Draft Wheel
2015_DC_SIAH_CWDraft5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Civil War Draft Wheel
2016_DC_SIAH_CWDraft8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Civil War Draft Wheel
1997_DC_SIAH_GWStatue1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2002_DC_SIAH_GWStatue3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2006_DC_SIAH_GWStatue10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2008_DC_SIAH_GWStatue9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2009_DC_SIAH_GWStatue3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2012_DC_SIAH_GWStatue8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2017_DC_SIAH_GWStatue11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: George Washington Statue, 1841
2009_DC_SIAH_Counter2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Greensboro Lunch Counter
2010_DC_SIAH_Counter5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Greensboro Lunch Counter
2012_DC_SIAH_Counter1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Greensboro Lunch Counter
2015_DC_SIAH_Counter9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Greensboro Lunch Counter
2005_DC_SIAH_John_Bull1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: John Bull Locomotive
2012_DC_SIAH_John_Bull1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: John Bull Locomotive
2016_DC_SIAH_John_Bull10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: John Bull Locomotive
2016_DC_SIAH_Laughing25DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Laughing Matters
Laughing Matters
July 22, 2016 – October 3, 2016
Laughing Matters is a display that looks into the stories of three comedians who changed the face of comedy. The showcase highlights the power of laughter in the realm of social and political discussion through the careers of Phyllis Diller, Carol...
2015_DC_SIAH_InnovationL4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO flag (from Innovation wing opening)
2017_DC_SIAH_LEGO_Liberty9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO Statue of Liberty
2018_DC_SIAH_LEGO_Liberty14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO Statue of Liberty
2003_DC_SIAH_Lemelson2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lemelson Center
2006_DC_SIAH_Lemelson1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lemelson Center
2008_DC_SIAH_Lemelson3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lemelson Center
2009_DC_SIAH_Lemelson1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lemelson Center
2018_DC_SIAH_Get_It_Right53DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Let's Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s
Let's Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s
July 27, 2018 – November 2018
Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s explores how employers encouraged their workforce. The display features 16 posters from the early 20th century including a WWI poster and posters from Mather...
2015_DC_SIAH_LCarriage15DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lincoln's Carriage
Lincoln's Carriage
March 23, 2015 – May 25, 2015
A special display of the carriage that transported the President, Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris to Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865; on loan from the Studebaker National Museum.
The open barouche model carriage...
2002_DC_SIAH_Ahead3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Looking Ahead
2004_DC_SIAH_Ahead1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Looking Ahead
2018_DC_SIAH_Moreno12DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Luisa Moreno
Luisa Moreno
July 20, 2018 – January 2019
A temporary display, Luisa Moreno, in the permanent American Enterprise exhibition examines the lasting legacy of Moreno, the Guatemala-born labor organizer, who brought together more than 100 groups in 1938 for El Congreso de Pueblos de Habla Española, the...
2014_DC_SIAH_ModernM72DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Making a Modern Museum
Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History
May 16, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Learn about the origins of the National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology) and consider what those origins mean for the...
2016_DC_SIAH_Many_Voices8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Many Voices, One Nation
The Columbia figure destined for the upcoming Many Voices, One Nation exhibit.
2017_DC_SIAH_Many_Voices25DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Many Voices, One Nation
2017_DC_SIAH_ModMed62DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Modern Medicine and the Great War
Modern Medicine and the Great War
April 6, 2017 – January 2019
World War I provided a testing ground for the application of new medical technologies and procedures, and in some cases accelerated their general acceptance or development. At the same time, wartime medical practice reflected the larger...
2019_04_10D1_SIAH_Camels66DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: More Doctors Smoke Camels: A Close Reading of Historical Advertising
More Doctors Smoke Camels: A Close Reading of Historical Advertising
April 5, 2019 – TBD
Despite today’s common knowledge that tobacco products cause cancer, advertisers from the 1920s to the 1960s used representations of medical professionals to make the case that smoking was healthy. The exhibit... (Partially reviewed)
2016_DC_SIAH_Muppets28DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Muppets and Puppets
Muppets and Puppets
November 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry. Included in the display are an Italian Prince and Princess marionette from 1900, an...
2008_DC_SIAH_Musical3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Musical Instruments Gallery
Musical Instruments Gallery
January 1, 1964 – October 21, 2012
The Musical Instruments Gallery presents samples of instruments and music relating to the history, performance styles and techniques of European and American music and the development of musical instruments dating from the 17th century....
2019_09_04C5_SIAH_Computing90DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: My Computing Devices
My Computing Devices
August 28, 2019 – February 2020
My Computing Devices showcases the complex story of Americans’ ownership and use of computers, and challenges visitors to examine their own personal relationships with devices. A range of mechanical and electronic objects from the museum’s... (Partially reviewed)
2012_DC_SIAH_Comp64DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: National Mall Design Competition
From http://www.nationalmall.org/news/designing-future-national-mall

Designing the Future of the National Mall
By Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Huffington Post
Today, the Trust for the National Mall will introduce the final design concepts for the National Mall...
2016_DC_SIAH_Guano51DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Norie Atlas and the Guano Trade
The Norie Atlas and the Guano Trade
February 17, 2016 – January 4, 2017
This display will highlight John Norie's unique Marine Atlas, a large bound book of sea charts dating to the early 19th century, within the historical context of the guano and nitrate trades, in which many of the swiftest and...
2016_DC_SIAH_On_Water357DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: On the Water: Stories from Maritime America
2016_DC_SIAH_Places_Invent99DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Places of Invention
2002_DC_SIAH_PopCult8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2003_DC_SIAH_PopCult4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2004_DC_SIAH_PopCult2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2005_DC_SIAH_PopCult5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2006_DC_SIAH_PopCult31DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2008_DC_SIAH_PopCult19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2009_DC_SIAH_PopCult2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2010_DC_SIAH_PopCult29DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2011_DC_SIAH_PopCult24DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2012_DC_SIAH_PopCult24DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2013_DC_SIAH_PopCult24DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2014_DC_SIAH_PopCult24DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
2016_DC_SIAH_PopCult9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Pop Culture
The exhibit space is closed for a year while they prepare the new displays.
2004_DC_SIAH_Power15DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Power Machinery
2012_DC_SIAH_Power5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Power Machinery
2016_DC_SIAH_Power182DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Power Machinery
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_Civil18DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Civil War
2012_DC_SIAH_Price_Civil1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Civil War
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_Civil196DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Civil War
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_Cold11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Cold War (Korea, Vietnam, etc)
2005_DC_SIAH_Price_Cold4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Cold War (Korea, Vietnam, etc)
2009_DC_SIAH_Price_Cold10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Cold War (Korea, Vietnam, etc)
2012_DC_SIAH_Price_Cold2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Cold War (Korea, Vietnam, etc)
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_Cold106DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Cold War (Korea, Vietnam, etc)
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_Exp14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Expansion/Imperialism
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_Exp111DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Expansion/Imperialism
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_Ind13DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Independence (American Revolution, War of 1812)
2005_DC_SIAH_Price_Ind6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Independence (American Revolution, War of 1812)
2012_DC_SIAH_Price_Ind1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Independence (American Revolution, War of 1812)
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_Ind153DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Independence (American Revolution, War of 1812)
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_Misc8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Miscellaneous (Intro, Terror, Medal of Honor)
2005_DC_SIAH_Price_Misc4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Miscellaneous (Intro, Terror, Medal of Honor)
2009_DC_SIAH_Price_Misc1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Miscellaneous (Intro, Terror, Medal of Honor)
2012_DC_SIAH_Price_Misc2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Miscellaneous (Intro, Terror, Medal of Honor)
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_Misc25DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- Miscellaneous (Intro, Terror, Medal of Honor)
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_WW13DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War I
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_WW122DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War I
2004_DC_SIAH_Price_WW220DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War II
2005_DC_SIAH_Price_WW23DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War II
2006_DC_SIAH_Price_WW21DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War II
2012_DC_SIAH_Price_WW28DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War II
2015_DC_SIAH_Price_WW2229DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Price of Freedom -- World War II
2016_DC_SIAH_Yellow_Cloud14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Prince's "Yellow Cloud" Electric Guitar
Prince's "Yellow Cloud" Electric Guitar
April 26, 2016 – September 5, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recognizes the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) by displaying his “Yellow Cloud” electric guitar. The guitar was made in 1989 and used during Prince’s...
2013_DC_SIAH_Puppetry60DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Puppetry in America (phase 1 of 2)
Puppetry in America
December 13, 2013 – March 26, 2014 (new closing date)
Howdy Doody and Kermit are only two of the beloved and familiar puppets in the museum's collection. Learn about the history and variety of puppets from marionettes and hand puppets to shadow puppets and ventriloquist figures,...
2014_DC_SIAH_Puppetry63DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Puppetry in America (phase 2 of 2)
Puppetry in America
December 13, 2013 – April 13, 2014
Howdy Doody and Kermit are only two of the beloved and familiar puppets in the museum's collection. Learn about the history and variety of puppets from marionettes and hand puppets to shadow puppets and ventriloquist figures, and learn about the...
2016_DC_SIAH_Ray29DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ray Charles: "The Genius"
Ray Charles: "The Genius"
February 22, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Ray Charles was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century. This display explores his ability to overcome blindness, poverty, and segregation, as well as the musical talent and flair for performance that made him...
2016_DC_SIAH_Recent9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions
Items from "Mad Men" and ...
2017_DC_SIAH_Recent1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (Fantasia cel)
2018_DC_SIAH_AmCult52DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ruby Slippers and American Culture Displays
Ruby Slippers and American Culture Displays
October 19, 2018 – Indefinitely
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz return to view as one of eight installations displaying American history through culture, entertainment, and the arts. Other artifacts on view include a New York Yankee Stadium...
2004_DC_SIAH_SAL7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Science in American Life
Science in American Life
April 27, 1994 – November 27, 2011
This exhibition examines the interaction between science and society from 1876 to the present. Through artifacts, historical photographs, computer interactives, and multimedia technology, the exhibition brings to life many of the scientific...
2012_DC_SIAH_SAL1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Science in American Life
Science in American Life
April 27, 1994 – November 27, 2011
This exhibition examines the interaction between science and society from 1876 to the present. Through artifacts, historical photographs, computer interactives, and multimedia technology, the exhibition brings to life many of the scientific...
2009_DC_SIAH_Scurlock4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Scurlock Studio
The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise
January 30, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Nearly a century's worth of photographs from the Scurlock Studio,which operated from 1911-1994, form a vivid portrait of black Washington, D.C., in all its guises -- its challenges and its victories,...
2003_DC_SIAH_Separate1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
May 15, 2004 – July 16, 2006
This exhibition celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision that ended segregation in public schools, and reviews and examines its legacy through personal stories and artifacts. On May 17,...
2004_DC_SIAH_Separate3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
May 15, 2004 – July 16, 2006
This exhibition celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision that ended segregation in public schools, and reviews and examines its legacy through personal stories and artifacts. On May 17,...
2002_DC_SIAH_91117DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: September 11: Bearing Witness to History
September 11: Bearing Witness to History
September 11, 2002 – July 6, 2003
The personal stories, photographs, and artifacts from the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The exhibition is...
2003_DC_SIAH_9117DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: September 11: Bearing Witness to History
September 11: Bearing Witness to History
September 11, 2002 – July 6, 2003
The personal stories, photographs, and artifacts from the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The exhibition is...
2011_DC_SIAH_91167DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: September 11: Remembrance and Reflection
September 11: Remembrance and Reflection
September 3-11, 2011
11am to 3pm

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, the National Museum of American History is providing visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects recovered from the three sites attacked that fateful day—New...
2012_DC_SIAH_Monticello85DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello
Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
January 27, 2012 – October 14, 2012
This exhibition explores slavery and enslaved people in America through the lens of Jefferson’s Monticello plantation. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an—abominable...
2016_DC_SIAH_Solar40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Solar on the Line
Solar on the Line
November 29, 2016 – TBD
Solar on the Line explores the innovation and technology behind solar power as a renewable energy resource. It introduces visitors to the history of solar energy use in the U.S. as well as how it is both a part of the electrical grid as well as an off-grid...
2018_DC_SIAH_SpecialO24DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Special Olympics at 50
Special Olympics at 50
July 10, 2018 – June 2019
Special Olympics has been in operation for 50 years, using sports competition to expose and react against societal discrimination of adults and children with intellectual disabilities. This highlights case explores Special Olympics through five case...
2006_DC_SIAH_Stanley2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Stanley: Robot Car
Robots on the Road: Stanley
November 21, 2008 – January 8, 2012
This experimental robot car named Stanley, a modified Volkswagen Touareg, offers a glimpse into the future of "smart" cars. It can drive itself without a human in the driver's seat or at remote controls; it sees the road ahead through...
2008_DC_SIAH_Stanley1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Stanley: Robot Car
Robots on the Road: Stanley
November 21, 2008 – January 8, 2012
This experimental robot car named Stanley, a modified Volkswagen Touareg, offers a glimpse into the future of "smart" cars. It can drive itself without a human in the driver's seat or at remote controls; it sees the road ahead through...
2008_DC_SIAH_Flag7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Star Spangled Banner sculpture
2009_DC_SIAH_Flag2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Star Spangled Banner sculpture
2012_DC_SIAH_Flag4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Star Spangled Banner sculpture
2011_DC_SIAH_Money87DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Stories on Money
2018_DC_SIAH_Superheroes54DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Superheroes
Superheroes
November 20, 2018 – TBA
This showcase display presents artifacts from the museum’s collections that relate to superheroes, including comic books, original comic art, movie and television costumes and props, and memorabilia.
2019_06_24C1_SIAH_Superheroes19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Superheroes
Note: The Superman and Storm costumes have been replaced by Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman costume and La Boringuena.
Superheroes
November 20, 2018 – TBA
This showcase display presents artifacts from the museum’s collections that relate to superheroes, including comic books, original comic art, movie... (Partially reviewed)
2017_DC_SIAH_TTelevision36DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: T is for Television
T is for Television
November 21, 2017 to July 4, 2018
From the earliest days of television to today, performers and producers have created beloved characters that teach children about getting along with others and understanding the world around them. This exhibition will feature treasured objects from...
2018_DC_SIAH_TTelevision29DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: T is for Television
T is for Television
November 27, 2017 – September 4, 2018
From the earliest days of television to today, performers and producers have created beloved characters that teach children about getting along with others and understanding the world around them. This exhibition features treasured objects from...
2010_DC_SIAH_Telescope3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Telescope, 1865
2018_DC_SIAH_Batmobile79DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Batmobile
Partway through the year, they replaced the reflective floor under the Batmobile with a patterned floor. This had been planned for awhile. They said the mirror-like flooring before showed up dirt and fluff too easily so this was easier to maintain.
2017_DC_SIAH_Ella44DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100
The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2018
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) was one of the greatest American singers. She had a warm and lovely voice, superb rhythmic sense, considerable versatility, meticulous intonation, and exceptional talent at “scat” singing,...
2017_DC_SIAH_TNWBT14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Nation We Build Together exhibit cases
2012_DC_SIAH_TJBible16DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Thomas Jefferson's Bible
Jefferson's Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
November 11, 2011 – July 15, 2012
In 1820, Thomas Jefferson assembled a private text using excerpts from the Four Gospels of the New Testament in Greek, Latin, French, and English. His aim was to tell a chronological version of Jesus’ life,...
2015_DC_SIAH_AALens130DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Through the African American Lens
Through the African American Lens: A Preview of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
May 8, 2015 – TBA
In this preview of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, see a sampling of artifacts that demonstrate the richness and diversity of the African American...
2015_DC_SIAH_Toys18DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Toys and Childhood
Toys and Childhood
November 20, 2015 – Ongoing
In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of cast-iron and tinplate toys from the museum’s collection dating from the 1870s to the 1950s, illustrating the ever-evolving nature of American childhood and home life and bringing to...
2010_DC_SIAH_Attic5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Toys from the Attic
Toys from the Attic
June 1, 2010 – January 31, 2012
Toys reflect changes in both technology and society. This case examines toys produced in 19th-century America, when childhood began to be seen as a distinct stage of life with its own unique needs. Featured are dolls, kitchen and housewares, hand...
2016_DC_SIAH_Tucker19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Tucker automobile #39, 1948
Tucker automobile #39, 1948
Ongoing
Preston Tucker (1903-1956), an automotive engineer who helped design Miller racing cars before World War II, almost realized his ambition of producing a "completely new" passenger automobile after the war. He and his business associates leased a former Dodge...
2015_DC_SIAM_12Years194DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975
Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975
December 14, 2015 – October 23, 2016
During this period, Washingtonians experienced their first meaningful presidential vote, elected a city council and mayor for the first time in a century, and became the largest majority African American city...
2017_DC_SIAH_Uniformed19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Uniformed Women and the Great War
Uniformed Women and the Great War
April 6, 2017 – Indefinitely
Of the many ways World War I divided the past from the future, none was more significant than the reordered place of women in society. Tens of thousands of middle- and upper-class women donned military-style uniforms to serve at home and...
2015_DC_SIAH_Value62DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Value of Money
2017_DC_SIAH_Unity_Square20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Wallace H. Coulter Unity Square
2018_DC_SIAH_Waterloo_Boy13DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Waterloo Boy
Waterloo Boy
Ongoing
In the early 1900s farmers switched from horses to tractors. While much of the world continued to rely on human brawn or draft animals, Americans adopted the new technology of gasoline-powered tractors.
The development and use of gasoline-powered tractors in the early 1900s...
2003_DC_SIAH_West_Point6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
October 19, 2002 – January 11, 2004
Marking the bicentennial of West Point, this exhibition tells the story of this renowned military academy in New York from its founding through World War I and highlights the achievements of graduates in both the U.S....
2005_DC_SIAH_Polio1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Whatever Happened to Polio?
Whatever Happened to Polio?
April 12, 2005 – September 4, 2006
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the polio vaccine, this multimedia exhibition tells the story of polio from the perspective of the patient, traces the development of the vaccine that ended polio in the U.S., and...
2005_DC_SIAH_Walls4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Within These Walls
2012_DC_SIAH_Walls5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Within These Walls
1999_DC_SIAH_Ext1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2003_DC_SIAH_Ext1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2004_DC_SIAH_Ext2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2006_DC_SIAH_Ext4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2008_DC_SIAH_Ext12DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2009_DC_SIAH_Ext11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2010_DC_SIAH_Ext7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2012_DC_SIAH_Ext2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2013_DC_SIAH_Ext1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2014_DC_SIAH_Ext10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2015_DC_SIAH_Ext6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2016_DC_SIAH_Ext23DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
The museum lowered the US flag to half staff for Nancy Reagan but kept the Smithsonian flag at full staff. I went to the security office to complain about it -- the US flag has to be higher than the rest so the Smithsonian flag should have been lowered too -- but the guy said those were the orders he...
2017_DC_SIAH_Ext4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2018_DC_SIAH_Ext1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exterior Shots
2012_DC_SIAH_Perf1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Historical Performers
2016_DC_SIAH_Perf1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Historical Performers
2018_DC_SIAH_Perf10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Historical Performers
2003_DC_SIAH_Int1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2004_DC_SIAH_Int1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2006_DC_SIAH_Int7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2008_DC_SIAH_Int8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2010_DC_SIAH_Int10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2011_DC_SIAH_Int3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2012_DC_SIAH_Int1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2014_DC_SIAH_Int7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2015_DC_SIAH_Int5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2016_DC_SIAH_Int2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots
2019_06_24C4_SIAH_Int8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Miscellaneous Interior Shots (Partially reviewed)
2006_DC_SIAHV11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Views from...
2017_DC_SIAHV3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Views from...
Views from the not-yet-opened third floor.
2003_DC_Burns_0303154Env Film Festival (2003) -- "Ansel Adams" (w/Ric Burns) @ Natl Museum of Amer History
As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presented Ric Burns' documentary on the photographer Ansel Adams which was introduced by Ric himself.
2012_DC_CA_Forever_12031839Env Film Festival (2012) -- David Vassar and Sally Kaplan ("California Forever") @ Natl Museum of Amer History
CALIFORNIA FOREVER: THE STORY OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS (USA, 2012, 60 min.)
World Premiere The dramatic history and scenic beauty of California State Parks – the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation – is illuminated in this film. From Yosemite, California’s first state...
2012_DC_Place_Land_12031820Env Film Festival (2012) -- "A Place In The Land" (w/Grace Guggenheim and David Donath) @ Natl Museum of Amer History
20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival Retrospective
A PLACE IN THE LAND (USA, 1998, 30 min.)
Protecting Wild Lands
George Marsh, Frederick Billings and Laurence Rockefeller were three influential figures in the history of conservation. Born generations apart, with very different lives, the...
2012_DC_Watershed_12032457Env Film Festival (2012) -- "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West" (w/Marc Pachter, Mark Decena, James Redford, Sandra Postel, Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, Edith Santiago, and Robert Redford) @ Natl Museum of Amer History
WATERSHED: EXPLORING A NEW WATER ETHIC FOR THE NEW WEST (USA, 2012, 50 min.)
World Premiere “Whiskey is for drinkin’. Water is for fightin’,” says Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, recalling a well-worn saying heard throughout the Colorado River basin. As the most...
2012_DC_Wild_By_Law_12031813Env Film Festival (2012) -- "Wild By Law" (w/Bill Meadows) @ Natl Museum of Amer History
20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival Retrospective
WILD BY LAW: THE RISE OF ENVIRONMENTALISM AND THE CREATION OF THE WILDERNESS ACT (USA, 1992, 56 min.)
Protecting Wild Lands
More than just the story of a historic struggle to preserve the natural world, this film provides an invaluable...
2012_DC_Wilderness_1203188Env Film Festival (2012) -- "Wilderness Idea" (w/Jeffrey Stine) @ Natl Museum of Amer History
20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival Retrospective
THE WILDERNESS IDEA: JOHN MUIR, GIFFORD PINOCHET AND THE FIRST GREAT BATTLE FOR WILDERNESS (USA, 1990, 56 min.)
Protecting Wild Lands
Should Hetch Hetchy, a valley within Yosemite National Park, be dammed and flooded to form a reservoir for...
2008_DC_FotoAH49FotoWeek DC -- Images on American History Museum
2004_DC_JSS_04010864James Smithson Society event -- American History (America on the Move)
This event was co-sponsored with the Contributing Membership folks.
2006_DC_SIAH_Plans_06071222James Smithson Society event -- American History (Building renovation plans)
These were slides shown to a James Smithson Society donor lunch. They showed the plans for the renovated and transformed National Museum of American History. The description from the lunch was as follows:
Renovation and Transformation: In an important step to ensure the long-term preservation of "the...
2001_DC_JSS_01011018James Smithson Society event -- American History (Glorious Burden exhibit)
2004_DC_SIAH_Plans_04091429James Smithson Society event -- American History (Price of Freedom plans)
These are pictures from a presentation about the new exhibit that was given for the James Smithson Society. The description from the meeting announcement: The Price of Freedom is a major new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of American History that tells the compelling stories of our nation's...
2002_DC_JSS_02081023James Smithson Society lunch -- American History (9/11)
Collecting a National Tragedy:
This discussion described a new exhibit that was about to open in the National Museum of American History, Behring Center. Using artifacts, images, and stories, the exhibit bears witness to the attack. The presentation was by Dr. Jim Gardner, Associate Director for...
2004_DC_JSS_04091453James Smithson Society lunch -- American History (Price of Freedom)
From the JSS description: Wars have been defining episodes in American history. They shaped the birth of the nation and helped define our country's fundamental values. Twentieth century conflicts in Europe and Asia to protect western interests led to America's emergence as the dominant military power in...
2015_DC_SIAH_ADA18Natl Museum of Amer History -- ADA steps and booths
Honoring leaders of the Disability Rights Movement on steps across Washington DC.
On March 12, 1990, activists with disabilities abandoned their crutches and wheelchairs to pull themselves up the 83 stone steps at the Capitol Building and demanded passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July...
2015_DC_Backstory_Live_151122101Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: BackStory Live (100th anniversary of "The Birth of a Nation")
Please join us for a live presentation of the award-winning BackStory with the American History Guys, featuring Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh.
This lively, interactive, and thought-provoking show will examine the historic D.W. Griffith film, "The Birth of a Nation" at the 100th anniversary of...
2015_DC_SIAH_Fischer_1507244Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Chuck Fischer ("White House Pop-Up Book")
Chuck Fischer was on-hand to sign his "White House Pop-Up Book".
2006_DC_SIAH_Closing_06090428Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Closing day (2006)
Closing day presentation by museum director Brent Glass just before the museum closed for renovations for over two years.
2005_DC_AHDDay_05032216Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Donald L. Miller ("D-Days in the Pacific")
This was a preview of the new History Channel documentary, produced by Lou Reda Productions, based on Donald Miller's new book, D-Days in the Pacific. Afterward, there was a discussion with Miller as well as a reception.
2010_DC_Hines_10040289Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies (w/Maurice Hines)
Join Sophisticated Ladies cast members Maurice Hines and John and Leo Manzari at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History for an in-depth look at the work of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies.
A discussion and dance exhibition by the cast members and Smithsonian Curator...
2003_DC_AHES_0307299Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Evan Schwartz ("Last Lone Inventor")
Evan Schwartz wrote a book called "The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television." It documents the genius of Philo T. Farnsworth, the man who built and patented the first all-electronic system, in an economic life-and-death battle with the electronic media mogul, David...
2012_DC_4Country_120218146Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: For Country
For Country: Japanese American Soldiers and Citizens & the 70th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066
2012 marks 70 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066, the action that led to the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Learn more about this period in American...
2010_DC_Thomas_1003276Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Helen Thomas/Craig Crawford signing
2015_DC_SIAH_InnovationO_15070165Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Innovation Wing opening
Inlcuding the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Quintet, DJ Will Eastman, and the ribbon cutting ceremony along with some crowds.
Ribbon cutters included Michelle K. Lee (Director of the USPTO), John Gray (director of the American History Museum), and Richard Kurin (Under Secretary of History,...
2015_DC_SIAH_InnovationL_15070119Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Innovation Wing opening -- LEGO flag
Including the two LEGO masters who worked on the flag -- father and son team Dan and Chris Steininger
2004_DC_AH3MI_0403262Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: J Samuel Walker ("Three Mile Island")
Walker had written a book, "Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective," which discussed the nuclear melt-down outside of Harrisburg in 1979. At the time, they didn't realize a melt-down had occurred and it was only years later that they learned just how close they had come to...
2004_DC_AHJF_0402113Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Jennifer Fleischner ("Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly")
This talk featured historian Jennifer Fleischner discussing her book "Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly," discussing the story of the President's wife and a former slave who was her seamstress.
2003_DC_AHJC_03062711Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Jim Cullen ("The American Dream")
Jim Cullen wrote a book called "The American Dream" which intrigued the director of the National Museum of American History, Brent Glass. So he brought him in to discuss the book and answer questions from the audience. It was an interesting presentation. While most Americans are familiar with the...
2005_DC_AHJG_0510217Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: John Gorman ("Buckminster Fuller: Designing for Mobility")
Author Michael John Gorman presented Buckminster Fuller as an inventor through a visual exploration of his innovative projects. Hailed as one of the greatest minds of our times, Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) is known as an American visionary. Designer, architect, engineer, inventor and...
2005_DC_AHJS_05121319Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: John Stachel ("1905: Einstein's Miraculous Year")
1905: Einstein's Miraculous Year: The United Nations has endorsed the year 2005 as the World Year of Physics, a time for international celebration of the pioneering contributions of Albert Einstein in 1905 and an opportunity to increase worldwide awareness of the major role physics will play in the...
2017_DC_SIAH_Gown_17102058Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Melania Trump Inaugural Gown Donation
First Lady Melania Trump will donate the gown she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History. The vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from neckline to hem and claret ribbon around the waist was...
2018_DC_2Centuries_18062038Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Panel: Two Centuries of American Innovation and 10 Million Patents
Two Centuries of American Innovation and 10 Million Patents
Co-sponsor USPTO, CPIP
Signed by President George Washington, the first US Patent was issued in 1790. This June, the USPTO will issue patent number 10,000,000. These ten million utility patents represent two centuries of breakthroughs that...
2003_DC_Apr65_03040930Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Premier of April 1865 History Channel video w/Jay Winik
The National Museum of American History, Behring Center and the History Channel put together a viewing and reception for the a new documentary that they had done called "April 1865" based on the book "April 1865: The Month that Saved America" by author Jay Winik. The documentary covers the last month of...
2014_DC_Anthem_140614109Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Raise It Up! Anthem for America -- Misc
Join us on June 14th as we host Raise It Up! Anthem for America, a national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. On that day, people around the world will unite to sing our national anthem at 4:00 PM EDT and kick-off a Star-Spangled summer.
Here are three ways to celebrate...
2008_DC_SIAH_Ceremony_08112184Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Reopening ceremony (2008)
After a two-year, $85 million renovation, the National Museum of American History reopened on November 21.

Speakers for the event were:
- Brent D. Glass, director, National Museum of American History
- Kathy Brown, senior vice president, Verizon Communications
- G. Wayne Clough, Secretary,...
2008_DC_SIAH_Day1_08112175Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Reopening day inside
After a two-year, $85 million renovation, the National Museum of American History reopened on November 21.

Photos here include:
- G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
- Kenneth E. Behring, donor and philanthropist
- Brent D. Glass, director, National Museum of American History
...
2012_DC_Maxwell_12102027Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Ron Maxwell introducing "Gettysburg"
Civil War historian and former NPR film [music] commentator Noah Andre Trudeau leads a pre-screening discussion highlighting historical tidbits and things to look and listen for in this classic Hollywood movie.
2017_DC_SIAH_NWB_Opening_17062878Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: The Nation We Build Together Opening
Introducing: The Nation We Build Together
This June, we are thrilled to throw open the doors to our newly complete west wing on the museum's second floor. Featuring new signature exhibitions, powerful stories, an interactive space for visitors of all ages, free experiences, hands-on activities, and...
2017_DC_SIAH_WD_Items_17101050Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Walking Dead Artifact Donation -- Items
Items donated:
* "Bicycle Girl" Bust (pilot episode)
* "Carl Grimes" Costume (seasons 1-2)
* Child's Walker Costume (pilot episode)
* "Daryl Dixon's" Crossbow (season 1+)
* "Glenn Rhee's" Costume (seasons 1-2)
* "Hershel Greene's" Head Prop (season 4)
* "Merle Dixon's" Weaponized Hand Rig...
2017_DC_SIAH_WD_Donation_171010140Natl Museum of Amer History -- Event: Walking Dead Artifact Donation -- Presentation
Cast and production executives from the award-winning TV series The Walking Dead will donate memorabilia to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Who:
* John Gray, director, National Museum of American History
* Eric Jentsch, museum curator, National Museum of American History
...
2017_DC_SIAH_Storage_1703128Natl Museum of American History -- Items from Storage (Ambassadors of Jazz)
2015_DC_SIAH_Storage_15071734Natl Museum of American History -- Items from Storage (Civil War)
Various Civil War-related items were pulled out of storage to show the visiting teachers.
2018_DC_SIAH_Storage_18062311Natl Museum of American History -- Items from Storage (Solstice Saturday)
2017_DC_SIAH_Storage_17031039Natl Museum of American History -- Items from Storage (World War I)
The medical group brought out some World War I-related items from storage.
2010_DC_STN_101022230Smithsonian Teachers' Night (2010) @ Natl Museum of American History
Attention all teachers of all subjects and grade levels!
Find new classroom-ready resources, meet Smithsonian educators, and attend demonstrations of school programs and materials at the Smithsonian's annual education expo.
Join Brent D. Glass, Director of the National Museum of American History;...


What's hot: The following pages have been the most popular ones over the last month or so:
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2019_08_12_Straczynski117Politics & Prose -- J. Michael Straczynski ("Becoming Superman")
J. Michael Straczynski - Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood Straczynski is best known as the creator of the Babylon 5 and Sense8 TV shows, but his amazing four-decade career also encompasses screenwriting—Changeling, Thor, and World War Z—writing for several D.C. and Marvel Comi... (Partially reviewed)
2019_09_12D2_Johnston154DC -- Embassy of Canada -- Opening Reception for "For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston"
The Canadian Embassy invites you to the opening recepiton of For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston. The artists will be in attendance. Introductory remarks were made by Denis Chouinard (Counsellor, Public Affairs, Embassy of Canada) and Katherine Baird (Head of the Washington Secre... (Partially reviewed)
2019_09_04E1_Munroe132Politics & Prose @ Sidwell Friends -- Randall Munroe ("How To")
Randall Munroe - How To — in conversation with Alexandra Petri at Sidwell Friends Randall Munroe, the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, brings readers a way to better understand the science and technology behind... (Partially reviewed)
2019_09_14A1_SPX_Other195MD -- Bethesda -- Small Press Expo (2019) -- Other (Saturday)
Folks shown here include Randy Tischler, Sheena Wolf, Sara Duke, R.M. Rhodes, Dustin Harbin, Karen Green, Michael Cavna, Mike Rhode, Eddie Campbell, Jamie Noguchi, David Crispino, Mike Riley, Jordan Clark, Keith Knight, Rick Banning, Rikke Villadsen, Kate Lacour, R. Sikoryak, Lenora Yerkes, Ted Rall... (Partially reviewed)
2019_08_02C2_Touchstone_AmerIsO152DC -- Touchstone Gallery -- Opening Reception: America Is...
AMERICA IS ... Artists Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today? National Juried Show On display: August 2 – 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6 - 8:30 pm Hors d'oeuvres by Occasions Caterers Gourmet Frozen Desserts by Moorenko's Ice Cream Program: 7pm - jurors remarks, 7:15pm - c... (Partially reviewed)


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