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Wednesday, January 22, - The National Museum of American History, now fabulous at 50, has much to offer. A treasure chest of Americana, the museum opened Jan. Today the museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, houses some 3 million historical objects and archival materials, far more than can be put on display.
It receives about 4 million to 5 million visitors a year. The building initially was called Museum of History and Technology. Its own history began with legislation signed June 28,by President Dwight D.
The groundbreaking was held Aug. The work began in November and is scheduled to be completed in spring That project includes new exhibitions on business and inventions, as well as on American democracy and culture.
There will also be an education center, public plazas for special programs, a performance area for chamber music and jazz, and a panoramic window for dramatic views of the Washington Monument and National Mall. As nice and shiny as new construction is, the weathered, old objects make history museums special.
The Smithsonian, of course, has lots of them. Below is a list of 25, in no set order. Not all objects are on display at all times. The Star-Spangled Banner flag. George Washington artifacts, including a flintlock pistol, his uniform, battle sword and camp chest.
Abraham Lincoln artifacts, including a pocket watch, a model submitted with a patent application for a device to make riverboats more buoyant in shallow water only U. The portable lap desk designed by Thomas Jefferson and used to write the Declaration of Independence in The two chairs and small table used when Union Gen.
Grant and Confederate Gen. Radio microphones used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his fireside chats in the s. The First Ladies Exhibit. Gunboat Philadelphia, the U. Built inthe foot boat sank later that year during a battle on Lake Champlain in New York.
It was discovered and pulled up in Pocket compass used by William Clark, co-leader with Meriwether Lewis of an expedition to explore Western lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. From the mids to the mids, Conestoga wagons hauled farm produce and supplies across the hinterlands of America.
A steam locomotive, named the John Bull, built in It transported passengers and freight between New York and Philadelphia for 35 years.
A telephone used by Alexander Graham Bell for a demonstration of his new technology in Massachusetts on Nov. Red sequins are stand-ins for rubies. The kitchen of cookbook author and TV chef Julia Child. The kitchen, originally in Cambridge, Mass.
A section of the lunch counter from the F. If you would like to comment, contact us or like us on Facebook and tell us what you think.This collection brings together EDSITEment and Smithsonian resources to support the initial research into a project for National History Day , "Triumph and Tragedy in History." These resources - including photographs, objects, portraits, lesson plans, and articles - explore triumphs and tragedies in American industrialization from the late 18th century through the early 20th century.
Myths of the American Revolution The British lost nearly 1, men in those encounters, three times the American toll. Smithsonian SmartNews History Science Ingenuity Arts & Culture Travel. That's why the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in Washington, D.C., next month, will feature Till's casket among its exhibits.
The display will give visitors to the museum the opportunity to hear an audio recording of Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, tell her son's story and why she. The planned exhibit showed how “elite American museums, like the universities, have fallen to the forces of political correctness and historical revisionism,” Charles Krauthammer wrote in .
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