History and Culture

“Americans” Reveals Indians Are Everywhere

Exhibition Uncovers Pervasive Images and Words, Upends Familiar Stories

Images of American Indians are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere, too, from state, city and street names to the Tomahawk missile.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Hosts Home Movie Day 2017

Invites Public To Bring Home Movies to the Museum for Inspection, Preservation and Screening

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will host Home Movie Day 2017 Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to bring their home movies for inspection, get advice on preservation of their movies and watch a home movie screening inside the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater. 

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Smithsonian Launches Antibody Initiative Centered on Medical History Collections

Digitization Makes Historic Collection Available to the Public

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is launching the Antibody Initiative today with the unveiling of a new website that will provide scholars and the general public in-depth access to the museum’s historical antibody-related collections for the first time.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture and U.S. Postal Service Issue Forever Stamp

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is featured on a new Forever stamp from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The “Celebrating African American History and Culture” commemorative Forever stamp was issued today in a dedication ceremony at the museum.

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30-Day Countdown: National Museum of the American Indian Announces a Call for Entries for Veterans Memorial

Students, Architects, Artists, Designers and More Can Submit Designs Veterans Day 2017 Through Jan. 9, 2018

The first stage of the international design competition to build the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opens on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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"The Walking Dead" Finds Sanctuary at the Smithsonian

National Museum of American History Accepts Donation of Artifacts From AMC’s "The Walking Dead"

In a special ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History accepted a donation of artifacts from AMC’s post-apocalyptic television series The Walking Dead.

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Smithsonian Books Releases "The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt"

New Look at Presidential History Available Oct. 10

Smithsonian Books is releasing The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by journalist Christine Wicker Oct. 10. The book examines how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s faith shaped his policies and presidency.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Harlem Globetrotters Lead Busy October Programming Schedule at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American and History Culture

On the heels of its first anniversary, the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s public programs return in full swing with a home-movie conservation workshop, film screening, book discussion and a two-day conference on African American faith traditions.

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Smithsonian To Install Mile-Marker Post From Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Site in Exhibition on Treaties

Post Will Be at National Museum of the American Indian Oct. 24

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will add to its exhibition on treaties, “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations,” an 11.5-foot-tall mile-marker post created by activists who came to North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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National Museum of American History Collaborates With Telemundo To Capture Rich Legacy of Spanish-Language Television in the U.S. and Puerto Rico

Smithsonian Documents Television History With Objects, Photos and Oral Histories

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will add objects from Telemundo, one of the historic Spanish-language television networks in the U.S. whose roots go back to the 1950s, its local stations and employees to the national collections. The donation recognizes the contributions to U.S.

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