August 28, 2009 |
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired the original casket of Emmett Till, whose brutal murder in 1955 energized the modern civil rights movement. The official announcement of the donation, made by the Till family to the Smithsonian Institution, will be made Friday, the 54th anniversary of his death, during a memorial service in Chicago, museum officials confirmed. What some might consider a horrific artifact would seem to be a necessary addition to the sweeping story of black triumphs and tragedies that the museum plans to tell when it opens on the Mall in 2015.
March 28, 2009 |
Six design concepts for the future national black history museum planned for the National Mall were unveiled Friday, mostly breaking with the tradition of boxy Smithsonian Institution museums by showcasing earthy elements and varied shapes. Any one of the proposed designs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture could mark a sharp departure in the architecture between the Capitol and Washington Monument for what could be the final museum added to the area.
December 29, 2008 |
Whatever Michelle Obama chooses to wear to the inaugural balls could soon have a special place for display -- right next to a dress worn by Martha Washington in the 1780s that featured painted flowers, butterflies and other insects. Gowns worn by first ladies for more than 200 years have returned to public view in a revamped gallery at the National Museum of American History.
December 18, 2007 |
WASHINGTON -- Inspired by the American flag flying after the 1814 British attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key wrote "O! say can you see" and penned the words that would become the national anthem. But at America's most popular history museum, the presentation of the famous flag -- the Star-Spangled Banner -- hasn't exactly taken the breath away.
October 26, 2007 |
WASHINGTON -- Dorothy's ruby slippers. Kermit the Frog. Archie Bunker's chair. As the curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's entertainment collection, Dwight Blocker Bowers oversees some of the institution's signature items. But right now, weaving through a maze of metal cabinets in a storage room in the depths of the museum, Bowers wants to talk about Dustin Hoffman's fake breasts. "Ooh, I do have to show you these," Bowers says as he grabs a small yellow box.
October 26, 2007 |
Levi L. Hill was not the most likely fellow to set off a 150-year debate in the photography world. A Baptist preacher in the Catskill village of West Kill, N.Y., he took up photography when chronic bronchitis forced him to leave the ministry. In his second career, he became a traveling daguerreotypist, making portraits on silver-coated metal plates.