Collections of the American History Museum

"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.

Walking dead promotional photo

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.

television mic flags

Smithsonian To Honor Sting and J. Ralph Sept. 8 for Contributions to American Music Including Their Oscar-Nominated Song “The Empty Chair”

Evening To Include a Discussion of Philanthropy and a Performance Event Benefits the National Museum of American History’s Culture and Arts Programs

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will acquire objects from world-renowned musician Sting and American composer J. Ralph in a special donation ceremony Sept. 8.

Musicians J. Ralph and Sting

Selena Artifacts Highlight Hispanic Advertising History at the Smithsonian

National Museum of American History Examines Latino Market in “American Enterprise” Exhibit

A new display opening Sept. 12 within the museum’s “American Enterprise” exhibition will explore advertising history through the lens of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971 – 1995). In the 1960s and 1970s, Latinos in advertising and Spanish-language broadcasting began advocating for the buying power of Latino consumers.

Singer Selena posing with bottle of Coke

Hispanic Advertising History

Selena posing with Coke bottle

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Singer Selena poses in black denim pants and black leather vest with pink shirt and pink boots. This image is from a 1994 Coca-Cola campaign developed by San Antonio based ad agency Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates. 

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Acquires Frank Espada’s Puerto Rican Diaspora Collection

National Museum of American History Adds Photos, Negatives, Digital Prints and Oral Histories

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently acquired photographic works of Latino photographer Francisco Luis Espada (1930–2014), whose best-known collection, “The Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project,” will be housed in the museum’s Archives Center, where it will be available for research, exhibition and educational purposes.

B&W photo of smiling children

Smithsonian To Examine Impact of Hart-Celler Act With New Display

“Tracing American Journeys” Opens May 12 at the National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will present a new display that shows some of the impact that the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, had on the country.

low tea table set with porcelain dishes

Smithsonian Commemorates JFK Centennial With Famed Photographs

Nine Richard Avedon Portraits of the Kennedys Will Be on Display

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth May 29, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display nine photographs of the 35th president and his family within the museum’s “The American Presidency” exhibition. The “JFK Centennial Celebration” display will be on view May 25 through Aug. 27.

Cropped contact sheet showing young Caroline Kennedy at her father's side

Kennedy Centennial

Black and White photo of Jacqueline Kennedy holding infant John

Richard Avedon, courtesy of the National Museum of American History

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth May 29, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display nine photographs of the 35th president and his family within the museum’s “The American Presidency” exhibition. The “JFK Centennial Celebration” display will be on view May 25 through Aug. 27.

Kennedy Centennial

Black and white photo of JFK holding young Caroline

Richard Avedon, courtesy of the National Museum of American History

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth May 29, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display nine photographs of the 35th president and his family within the museum’s “The American Presidency” exhibition. The “JFK Centennial Celebration” display will be on view May 25 through Aug. 27.



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