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American History Museum  Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Current obsession: new exhibits opened June 28, 2017! Hosted by Erin. Legal:

To protect his eclipse-viewing equipment from water damage, Samuel Langley poured lard over it. Then he had donkeys haul it up some 14,000 feet to the top of a peak in Colorado for a good view of the 1878 eclipse. If that weren't enough to turn one's stomach, the altitude was. Langley and others in his party severely suffered from "mountain sickness." But it was worth it. For about five seconds, Langley got a view of something he'd never seen before. Learn about his quest to view the 1878 and 1900 eclipses, both with this very telescope, on the blog: Link in profile. 🌞 #Eclipse #Eclipse2017 #SolarEclipse #Telescope #ColoradoHistory #COhistory #NorthCarolinaHistory #NChistory

Family dogs served in World War II. Would you send your pup? Learn about this interesting program that recruited over 20,000 pups! 🐶 (link in profile)
#TeamDog #WorldWarII #Canines #Lassie #Collie #KidsAndDogs #1940s #AdvertisingHistory #AdHistory

Back to school? Back to basketball! This photo of a Washington, D.C., area high school team was taken by the Scurlock Studio, which documented moments big and small in the African American community in the D.C. area. 🏀🏀🏀
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

#FirstDayOfSchool #SchoolDays #PictureDay #BlackAndWhite #BackToSchool #DChistory #AmericanHistory #BasketballHistory #SportsHistory #SchoolSports

Not for dolls. This is a model of a school desk design. It was submitted as part of the patent process. Milton B. Cochran created this invention in 1868. We hope your #BackToSchool prep is going well, history fans!
#SchoolDays #AmericanHistory #Patent #VintageFurniture #DeskJob

Julia Child, French Chef, cookbook author, educator, and TV icon would have turned 105 today. We're always collecting #FoodHistory and just added new objects to our collection, including Julia's pâté weights. Along with these curious kitchen implements, the story of how Julia child supported a fellow businesswoman and chef: (Link in profile) 🍽 #SmithsonianFood #JuliaChild #JuliaChild105 #WomensHistory

Adorable students pose for a class photo somewhere in Washington, D.C. Wishing all the little scholars the best of luck this school year.
Scurlock Studio Records, 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
#FirstDayOfSchool #SchoolDays #PictureDay #BlackAndWhite #BackToSchool #DChistory #AmericanHistory #BlackHistory #AfricanAmericanHistory #Adorable

"The wheels on the bus go round and round..." This bus carried rural students to school in the 1940s. Busing enabled children to attend consolidated schools, which were larger than one-room schools and had better curricula, teachers, and facilities. All-steel school buses like this one were safer than earlier school buses, which had wooden bodies.
The paint color, double deep orange, was common at the time, but yellow later became the standard color for school buses.
In this photo, the bus is parked outside the museum. 🚌 #AmericanHistory #BackToSchool #SchoolDays #RetroBus #VintageBus

We're curious to learn about "Glamorous Nature" like these Washington, D.C., students! Teachers and students heading back to the classroom, best of luck this school year.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
#FashionHistory #Headbands #BlackAndWhite #BackToSchool #AmericanHistory #DChistory #WashingtonDC #SchoolDays

All studious noses in books, except for the curious kiddo in the front row looking right at the camera! Whether you're the book-reading kid or the distracted one, we hope you have a great #BackToSchool season, history fans! And an awesome weekend. Photograph by Walter J. Hussey (1865-1959). #BlackAndWhite #Ephemera #SchoolDays #Classroom #PhotoHistory #PictureDay #ClassPhoto

Activist Susan B. Anthony wore this red shawl when advocating for woman’s rights at suffrage conventions, speaking engagements, and congressional sessions. Red shawls became one of her trademarks—a way to make her instantly recognizable to reporters and the public. Anthony's iconic shawl is currently on display in "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith," one of the many exhibitions and educational spaces in the museum's new wing, The Nation We Build Together.
Now that our new wing has been open for a whole month, we’re ready to celebrate! Staffers shared their favorite stories and must-see objects—swipe to see more. Which are YOUR favorites? 📷 Brianna, Visitor Experience Manager: My favorite object right now in the new wing is Susan B. Anthony's red shawl. At the University of Rochester, I transcribed a series of letters between Anthony and Sojourner Truth. Anthony may be most known for her role in the woman's suffrage movement, but she was also an anti-slavery advocate. 📷 Laura, Public Affairs Specialist for The Lemelson Center: One of my favorites in is the house on display in "Within These Walls." It's the largest artifact in the museum! A Georgian-style, two-and-a-half-story house inside of the museum—how cool is that?! I love that it shares history through the stories of five different families who lived there overtime. 📷 Emily, Museum Specialist: I love the self portrait of cartoonist Thomas Nast in "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith!" It's a great mechanism for humanizing the man behind the Harper's Weekly political cartoons, many of which are displayed around the portrait. And that mustache is killer. 📷 Ruth, Experience Design Assistant: I love Norman Rockwell's art; it reminds me of the stories my grandparents tell me about their childhood. So naturally I am draw to the display of his poster series, the Four Freedoms, in "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith." I love this part of the new wing because Rockwell's freedoms are values we still hold today.

Our staffers love our new wing, The Nation We Build Together. To share it with those of you who haven't gotten to visit yet, they took selfies with favorite objects and stories. These exhibitions will be on display for years to come (except for "Religion in Early America," which closes in June 2018) and we hope you get a chance to come see them. Let us know if you need tips or recommendations for your trip! 📷 Amy, MacMillan Associate Director for Audience Engagement: The "vejigante" masks and carnival costumes from the Teodoro Vidal Collection have always been some of my favorite objects. I'm so excited that this one is on display in "Many Voices, One Nation." The costumes represent the wonderful diversity of our nation and the ways in which we come together as communities. 📷 Katharine, Program Manager: Here in Unity Square, Alex, one of our program facilitators, is setting up Head to Head. It's one of my favorite activities in this new activity space. It brings people together over unanswerable questions. Did Muhammad Ali change America more than Eleanor Roosevelt? What about Steve Jobs? It’s different every time! This is one of four American Experiments, new activities that promote play, discussion, and civic engagement in Unity Square. Head to Head is another fun one! 📷 Caroline, Program Facilitator: The protest posters in "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith" are really interesting to me. I love seeing the many causes Americans have come out to fight for! It's a great mixture of modern and historical issues. The wall allows our visitors to see what Americans have valued throughout the years. 📷 Carrie, Wegmans #Wonderplace Coordinator: In "Many Voices, One Nation," there's a table made by German immigrant Peter Glass and it's so cool. There are over 30,000 individual pieces of wood in the inlay design! He even included a19th century inlay selfie. 📷 Amelia, Communications Specialist: When I was growing up, I loved spending time with my grandparents. My grandmother, Martha, was a devout Catholic. Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, like this one in "Many Voices, One Nation," always spark memories of her for me.

Do you see watermelons on this note from 1890? What about a lazy, tilted two on this 1865 note for $2? You aren't seeing things! 👀 Some of America's money has had some really weird designs. 💰 In honor of National Dollar Bill Day, we explore some of these oddballs, including the (safe for work) jackass note:
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#Numismatics #DollarBillsYall #MoneyMoneyMoney #Watermelons #AmericanHistory

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