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Lunchtime read: A trusty standby for busy folks today, frozen food wasn't always seen as a safe, delicious lunch option. Kubla Khan helped change that:

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In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, archivist Cathy Keen explores how a Chinese-American entrepreneur helped introduce new cuisines to the American diet in an affordable way: frozen foods. The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, opening in July, will explore how social and technological changes, like new culinary preferences and advances in refrigeration, transformed everyday life.
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Helmets ready? Only 10 days until Bike to Work Day! Enjoy this 1896 interview with Albert Pope, the first domestic manufacturer of bicycles in the US, in which he boasts that his bikes are made of "800 separate pieces" but weigh only 25 pounds:  

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100 years ago this month, Lt. Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Expeditionary Force lost a friend during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium, in an area known as Flanders. This inspired him to write the poem "In Flanders Fields," which ends: "We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields."

The poppy became an international symbol of remembrance of this war. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Smithsonian Gardens has planted corn poppies (papaver rhoeas). The seeds sown were, in part, collected from the Flanders Fields of Belgium.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, 1872 - 1918
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

"We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

"Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."

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American Pharoah won yesterday's Kentucky Derby. We're big fans of this working horse from the 1890s. 
In the early morning hours of March 30, 1890, in Washington, D.C., the collision of two horse-drawn fire wagons racing to answer an alarm seemed a minor matter. The vehicles—a hose cart and a heavy steam engine—continued on their way to the fire. As they raced across town, the driver of the hose cart noticed that one of his two-horse team, Horse No. 12, limped somewhat. When they arrived at the scene of the alarm, the horse pulled up lame. The dr...
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Love Latino and Women’s History? We have an internship opportunity for strong writers with social media skills:

The deadline is Wednesday July 1, 2015. Candidates can be undergraduates or graduates. The stipend is $6000 for ten weeks full-time or for twenty weeks part time.

Image: Selena's leather outfit, in the museum's collection. Performing a fusion of cumbia, pop, and contemporary Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (1971–1995) was a young star whose rise and hard-won fame in the United States and Latin American markets was cut short at age 23.

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I love all selena quintanilla-perez outfits. :)
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Today in 1898: The Battle of Manila Bay is fought, only days after war had been declared between Spain and the United States.

The battle is perhaps best known as the occasion when Commodore Dewey uttered one of the most famous statements in American naval history: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley." This is Gridley's coat.

It was a final victory, ending any threat from the Spanish naval forces involved. All major Spanish ships were destroyed or captured, without any significant damage occurring to the American forces.

Note: not currently on view. Object record:

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100 years ago today: Babe Ruth, autographer of this baseball, hits the first of his 714 major league home runs. 

More Babe Ruth history in Smithsonian collections: 

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i dont know babes rutt but first time hear about he in a cartoons.
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A little margarita history for you on this Cinco de Mayo:

Frozen margaritas, blended with ice, became popular in the 1950s along with other tropical drinks. By the 1970s, the margarita had surpassed the martini as the most popular American cocktail.

In 1971, Dallas restaurant owner Mariano Martinez noticed that ordinary blenders did not deliver a consistent mix for frozen margaritas. Inspired by the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine, Martinez and a friend, Frank Adams, tinkered with Martinez's dad's recipe and adapted a soft-serve ice-cream machine to make margarita "slush." The novelty was a huge hit.

Learn more about the Tex-Mex food invasion: 

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A real margarita isn't a boozy slushy.
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#MayTheFourthBeWithYou  today is! 1977 and 1983 thermoses these are. Choose the dark side you must not. Share this post, you must!
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I had one when I was little. ..
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Happy #scrapbooking day! Here's a preview of the "enchanted scrapbook" on bicycling history that will be part of our #ObjectProject learning space that opens July 1.

Bicycles offered women mobility, independence, and a way out. For many women, the bicycle was, according to one observer in 1896, "a steed upon which they rode into a new world."
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When I am done building my bike, I will get my mobility on.  I am hoping this will be my way out of a sedentary life and on to more energy.  See you around.
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Love a fresh California Roll? Ditto. Sample a little American sushi history in our latest blog post:

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40 years ago today: the Vietnam War ends. While overseas, American soldiers spiced up their C-rations with Tabasco:  

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Object Project new media assistant Caitlin Kearney explores the history behind how American soldiers have used Tabasco sauce to spice up their military meals. Opening in July 2015, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project will give visitors a closer look at everyday things that have changed our daily lives. It will include a look at the origins of convenient prepackaged food items.
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the rations were so awful, care packages with homemade cookies became the thing.y The food situation changed then in the Military. 
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On Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History invites Americans around the globe to join in a worldwide commemoration of the flag and the anthem. Raise it Up! Anthem for America will be a call to millions of Americans to participate in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" simultaneously, led by a special guest on the National Mall, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

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