Today in 1944: President Roosevelt signs the GI Bill, authorizing benefits for World War II veterans. Harold Cotton served and then went to school before going into the hat business.
Today in 1944 President Roosevelt signs the GI Bill authorizing benefits for

Freedom's tally: An African American business in the Jim Crow South

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Did you know there's a whole house in our museum? This partially reconstructed Georgian-style house stood for 200 years at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts. As part of our opening of our new wing, "The Nation We Build Together," we're excited to present new stories from within this two-and-a-half-story timber-framed house.

The updated exhibition will highlight new research into slavery...
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Our new wing titled "The Nation We Build Together" opens in just seven days. You'll find this wagon on display in our new exhibition "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith." Not just for transportation, this wagon was a vehicle for an important message.

Tradition says that Lucy Stone used this wagon at speaking engagements and to distribute her trailblazing women's rights magazine...
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First day of summer? Awesome. We're going to grab our sea-side microscopes and head for the beach! What? It was all the rage in the 1860s: [ S.si.edu Link ]
First day of summer Awesome Were going to grab our seaside microscopes
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Today, June 21, the museum will close early at 3 p.m.

We are open extended hours (until 7:30 p.m.) on June 29 and 30.

Our tips for planning your visit: [ Americanhistory.si.edu Link ] One of our favorite tips, of course, is not to miss the giant Star-Spangled Banner flag on display.
Today June 21 the museum will close early at 3 pm
Tomorrow, June 21, the museum will close early at 3 p.m.

We are open extended hours (until 7:30 p.m.) on June 29 and 30.

Our tips for planning your visit: [ Americanhistory.si.edu Link ] One of our favorite tips, of course, is not to miss the giant Star-Spangled Banner flag on display.
Tomorrow June 21 the museum will close early at 3 pm
You recognize Paul Revere's name from a certain nocturnal journey on horseback. But do you know what he did after the Revolutionary War?
You recognize Paul Reveres name from a certain nocturnal journey on horseback

Paul Revere's church bell from "Religion in Early America"

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We're opening a new wing titled "The Nation We Build Together" on Wednesday, June 28. Join us for live music, garden tours, a civics activity station, and more.

Music by Los Texmaniacs, blues duo Rick Franklin and Jay Summerour, and the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Trio.
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On Wednesday, June 21, the museum closes early at 3 p.m.

We are open extended hours (until 7:30 p.m.) on June 29 and 30.

Our tips for planning your visit: [ Americanhistory.si.edu Link ] One of our favorite tips, of course, is not to miss the giant Star-Spangled Banner flag on display.
On Wednesday June 21 the museum closes early at 3 pm
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Today in 1964: The Civil Rights Act is passed by the Senate and outlaws discrimination and segregation in voting, education, and public facilities.

This 1989 pin connected the Americans with Disabilities Act to broader civil rights issues.
Today in 1964 The Civil Rights Act is passed by the Senate
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Dad, thanks for everything you do. Happy Father's Day to the history-loving pops our there! This photograph was taken by the Scurlock Studio of Washington, D.C. It is labeled as "Lt. Col. Robert L. Pollard and family."

Image credit: Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Today in 1812: The United States declares war against Britain. Two years later, British troops set the Capitol building and White House ablaze. This is a charred piece of timber from the White House. It was uncovered in 1950, when the White House was undergoing a renovation during President Truman's administration.

This chunk of wood is only one of many odd souvenirs in our collection. How...
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A nation of savers: The impulse to connect with history through objects, buildings, and sites

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Manfred Anson designed this unique Hanukkah lamp (or menorah) to celebrate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Born in Germany, Anson was able to escape to Australia as a refugee from the Nazi regime prior to the war. In 1963, he immigrated to America to join his sister, who had survived the Holocaust.

Anson became an avid collector of memorabilia that celebrated his new home....
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132 years ago today: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor aboard a French ship. In our new exhibitions opening June 28, you can find many versions of the Statue of Liberty. On the blog, a few of our favorites.
132 years ago today The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York

Looking for Liberty in the Nation We Build Together

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Today in 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor aboard a French ship. In our new exhibitions opening June 28, you can find many versions of the Statue of Liberty. On the blog, Curator Tim Winkle shares a tour of some of his favorites.
Today in 1885 The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor

Looking for Liberty in the Nation We Build Together

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See it before it opens! Experts from our Division of Political History will share a preview of the exhibition "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith." They’ll talk about popular political participation in American history, highlight fascinating political history objects, and discuss their favorite stories from the new exhibition.

Tune in on our Facebook page and be ready to ask...
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Facebook Live tour of American Democracy

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Today in 1902: Scientist Barbara McClintock is born.

She used this microscope in the 1940s and 1950s for research on transposing genetic elements or “jumping genes” in maize. In this process, segments of DNA jump from one location on a chromosome to another. When Dr. McClintock published her results, she met with skepticism from many fellow geneticists.

However, in 1983 she was awarded the...
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Today in 1902: Scientist Barbara McClintock is born
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Remembering Ella Fitzgerald today on the anniversary of her death. This is the story behind one of our favorite tunes.
Remembering Ella Fitzgerald today on the anniversary of her death This is

A-tisket, a-tasket, a hit song in her basket: Ella's rise to fame

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