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As a kid, it was always my job to mix up the frozen orange juice concentrate with water in a pitcher. Working on #ObjectProject, I’ve learned why concentrated juice came about. During World War II, the Army wanted a better (read: tastier) way to deliver vitamin C to troops. This led to a new proces
Why do we set off fireworks on #July4th? Because we always have (since 1777)
Cookout season is upon us and your Tupperware is being put to work. This is one of those everyday things in #ObjectProject that has a colorful backstory—much like these “wonder bowls” on display. In this photo from our Archives Center at @amhistorymuseum, Brownie Wise leads a Tupperware “home party
Unlike the 1890s tendency to cover up in heavy fabric and muted colors (see previous post!), 1950s swimsuits verged on theatrical costumes. And they were largely worn poolside, not IN the pool. Women like the owner of this rose-adorned suit might have worn heels, jewelry, and makeup along with thei
A new show at our @NPG focuses on the life of labor rights activist Dolores Huerta
Vintage swimwear looks are in this summer, but we bet you're not going full wool like this number #ObjectProject
It’s summer, it’s a holiday weekend…time for some fun in the sun, right? If your plans include hitting the beach, lake, or pool, consider this wardrobe option: an 1890s women’s bathing suit. Did I mention it’s made out of wool? #ObjectProject, now open @amhistorymuseum, explores ready-to-wear cloth
“Book of the Wheel” is the closest thing to magic I’ve seen! One of several hands-on activities in #ObjectProject, it’s a “Harry Potter”-esque digital scrapbook with moving images and sounds activated by the wave of a hand Mementos like photos, medals, ribbons, and sheet music give an authentic gli
Get to know our new boss! Today is Secretary David Skorton's first day on the job.
Ask her anything! We're live with Dr. Masum Momaya, who is taking questions about #BeyondBollywood @SmithsonianAPA
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TDIH 1976: #Apollo11 astronaut & then Museum dir Michael Collins found quiet moment during opening day festivities.
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#ObjectProject opens today at @amhistorymuseum! This new learning space has a unique shape to it The centerpiece is a 40-foot-long sculpture made up of different sized cases that contain around 250 objects altogether. You can walk around—and under!—the sculpture in any direction; there’s no “wrong”
"Honey, the huge block of ice is melting again." Fun fridge history w/ #ObjectProject
I love the painted window screen in @amhistorymuseum’s #ObjectProject; it’s function meeting art Before air conditioning, people kept windows closed all summer, for fear of mosquitoes and the diseases they might carry. Wire screens came into use in the late 1800s, allowing ventilation and vastly im
We get an extra leap second today. Spend it checking out our timepieces on Pinterest:
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Greetings from the Smithsonian staff picnic! We're organizing for a big group photo on the National Mall
New Media Assistant Caitlin is talking about the "Zack Morris Phone" on our Instagram this am
Instant “Saved by the Bell” flashback, right? This 1990s Motorola DynaTAC cell phone goes on display tomorrow when #ObjectProject opens at @amhistorymuseum It’s one of the “Household Hits” that bring back memories, like the Singer sewing machine and VCR also on display. Called “The Brick,” this Mot
David Adjaye, lead architect of the @NMAAHC, approaches building design as creating "fabric"
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This 1896 woman’s safety bicycle could be called the crown jewel of #ObjectProject... literally! It’s a Columbia bike embellished by Tiffany & Co., with emeralds, diamonds, silver, and gold. I spoke with curator Roger White, who is doing some detective work to uncover more about the bike’s story—li
Chat with #BeyondBollywood curator 7/1, 2-3 EST. Ask her about Indian American culture, food, history. #AskACurator
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Meet Caitlin. She's a New Media Assistant @amhistorymuseum & taking over our Instagram this wk
Hello! I’m Caitlin from the new media department at @amhistorymuseum and I’m taking over Smithsonian’s Instagram this week. I’ll be pedaling through #ObjectProject to give you a preview before it opens on July 1 #ObjectProject is about innovations that changed daily life, like bicycles! When bicycl

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