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Today our museums, US National Archives and other organizations are taking to social media to share objects, artifacts and history about John F. Kennedy who was born 100 years ago next week. Our National Museum of American History has some highlights below, but you can see the full list of events like curator Q&As, Facebook live broadcasts, and live streaming musical performances from The...
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"In my day skateboards were metal and you had to ride them uphill. Both ways"
"In my day skateboards were metal and you had to ride them uphill Both ways"

Rad rides mom and dad used to cruise memory lane at top speed

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05/19/2017 at 12:45. Facebook
This Statue of Liberty model is 9 feet tall and made with more than 125 pounds of LEGO bricks.

LEGO Liberty is at our National Museum of American History to help introduce their 2017 theme: "The Nation We Build Together." This summer, they’ll be opening new exhibitions on topics like democracy, civic life, religion, family history and the many voices that shape the nation.

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This Statue of Liberty model is 9 feet tall and made with
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin
Stephanie LaToska Siemens
Keith Durand
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05/18/2017 at 12:28. Facebook
What does it mean to be a soldier? A veteran? Stare into the human face of the modern soldier in a new exhibition at our National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
What does it mean to be a soldier A veteran Stare into

An unflinching gaze into the human face of battle at the National Portrait Gallery

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James Wattengel
Carolyn Croll
Tony Woolley
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05/17/2017 at 12:39. Facebook
Carrot top of the morning to you.

In the Victorian era, whimsical seed cards like this one were all the rage, inspiring people to buy seeds and collect the cards that came with them.

Dig into their history in our new exhibition “Cultivating America’s Gardens” from Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Carrot top of the morning to you In the Victorian era whimsical
Jennifer Denz Bardell
Lisa Zlody
John Canary
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05/16/2017 at 19:40. Facebook
Watch "The Obliteration Room" transform—12 weeks and 750,000 dots—in 30 seconds.

Thanks to everyone who helped create this unique piece for #InfiniteKusama at our Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden!
Ted Bennett
Kim Salvo
Jackie Crawford
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05/16/2017 at 13:07. Facebook
Adult humpback whales use baleen (not teeth) to filter out small fish and plankton for dinner.

Scientists are working to crack the evolutionary mystery of how and when baleen first appeared.
Adult humpback whales use baleen not teeth to filter out small fish

Some whales used to have a mouth full of large, pointy teeth. What happened?

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Brian Morris
Amanda Donaldson
Thomas Schmidt
Dating back to the early 1800s, these human towers have stretched as high as nine levels of people.

Now there's been a resurgence in this Catalan tradition, which is coming in 2018 to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Dating back to the early 1800s these human towers have stretched as

A Visual History of Human Towers, a Catalan Tradition

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Melissa Katsikis
LeeAnn Jeyakaran
Linda Morgan
With billowing nets high above a wavy floor in our Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon, this installation is both an artwork and an experience.

Janet Echelman's woven sculpture "1.8 Renwick" corresponds to a map of the energy released across the Pacific Ocean during the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

The event was so powerful it shifted the earth on its axis and shortened the day by...
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With billowing nets high above a wavy floor in our Renwick Gallerys
Becky Baxter Clark
Kris Olsen
Pamela Reed
Cats have long been companions, muses, and possibly critics for artists.

Before they clawed their way onto the internet, they made themselves at home in Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, whose newest exhibition features feline finds from their collection.
Cats have long been companions muses and possibly critics for artists

Cats Had Clout Long Before the Internet

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Carolyn Croll
Liz Long
Taryn Hoover
As America changed in the Jazz Age, so did its design. A new exhibition at our Cooper Hewitt shows the style of the 1920s through more than 400 works of jewelry, fashion, architecture, furniture and more.
As America changed in the Jazz Age so did its design A

How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Design

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Mary Anne Schimmel
Alicia Mileo
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When Barbara Watanabe saw this suitcase as a child, she didn't know her grandmother brought it to an incarceration camp in Idaho during World War II.

It's one of the powerful, personal objects in a recent exhibition at our National Museum of American History.
When Barbara Watanabe saw this suitcase as a child she didnt know

What a grandmother's suitcase, found in the basement, tells of Japanese American incarceration

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Lisa Chillura Knutson
George Alderson
Vicki Oberhofer
But first, coffee. The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center brews up the history of the instant caffeine beverage.
But first coffee The Smithsonians Lemelson Center brews up the history of

The invention of instant coffee was far from instant

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Jacqueline Eileen Sanders
Jack Tar
Jack Tar
Also, the first Cinco de Mayo celebrations didn't include margaritas, as they weren't invented until the 1940s.
Also the first Cinco de Mayo celebrations didnt include margaritas as they

The real history behind Cinco de Mayo (which isn't Mexico’s Independence Day)

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Kevin Hensley
Roni L. Stein
Connie Lerma Cervantes
This copper mask depicts "La Malinche," a female character in traditional Mesoamerican dances who is represented by a man wearing a mask.
This copper mask depicts La Malinche a female character in traditional Mesoamerican

Mexican dance tradition as told by this copper mask

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Alicia Mileo
When is a photograph more than a picture?

These stunning images are a preview of the first special exhibition at our Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which explores the stories behind more than 150 photographs and related objects from their collection.

The images, by established and emerging photographers from the 19th century to the present, show a range...
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When is a photograph more than a picture
Amanda Craven
Monica Melania Craciun
Take a spin around this interactive space (which started out completely white!) at our Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. #InfiniteKusama
Take a spin around this interactive space which started out completely white
Margit Strout
Tory Whatley
Christine Dawn Devine
One of our scientists is studying lianas, or flexible woody vines, using super-thin slices from the field.
One of our scientists is studying lianas or flexible woody vines using

Take a look at these mesmerizing cross sections of trees

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Nrec Lleshaj
John Canary
Catherine Berger
Spanish-language television—now a billion dollar business—has its roots in the 1950s. Our National Museum of American History has been collecting pieces to tell its history in the U.S.
Spanishlanguage televisionnow a billion dollar businesshas its roots in the 1950s Our

En Sintonía: Tuning in to the Origins of Spanish-Language Television in the U.S.

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Paulina Martinez
The costumes and dancers who shaped American ballet are featured at our National Museum of American History.
The costumes and dancers who shaped American ballet are featured at our

Smithsonian

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Réka Solymosi