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Today in 1929: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady from 1961-1963, is born. In this set of 12 photographs by Richard Avedon, she wears a dress designed in collaboration with Oleg Cassini. The rosette, or cockade, on her left hip is an homage to Revolutionary War generals Washington and Lafayette.

Behind the roll of paper upon which she is standing, one can get a peek at the Kennedy living room in which the portable studio was staged.
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"Most people," wrote Earl Shaffer, "never in all their lives sleep under the open sky, and never realize what they are missing." Shaffer was the first person to walk the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in one continuous hike. He had no expert advice, no previous footsteps to follow, or even guidebooks to help him.

The diary he kept during this adventure, which he began in 1948, is in our collection. It describes frequent wrong turns and miles off course. His supplies were minimal, and he even mailed his tent home only a few days after starting out. These are his boots.

Learn more about Shaffer's trek: http://s.si.edu/2a17Bgy

#Camping   #Hiking   #AppalachianTrail  
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Today in 1916: Uncle Sam first appears, published on the cover of Leslie's Weekly with the title "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?"

On the blog, a look at Sam and his counterpart, Columbia: http://ow.ly/MluX301Ywzn
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Hi, Google+ friends! We have a two-question survey seeking YOUR feedback on a new museum space. If you have two minutes, we'd love to hear from you: http://s.si.edu/tnwbt2

The survey is totally anonymous and collects no personal information.
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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in September. To celebrate, we're sharing photos (selected by you!) of happy moments in African American life from our Archives Center. A little preview: http://s.si.edu/WinningPics
We had a remarkable response to our contest to help the museum select photos for its display celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Today in 1972: President Nixon signs the Higher Education Act, including the Title IX gender discrimination ban. It protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. It directly impacted the career of tennis player Billie Jean King, who wore this in her famous exhibition match against male competitor Bobby Riggs known as "The Battle of the Sexes."

King was the first female tennis player to win more than $100,000 in a season, yet male players made three times as much. Infuriated by the injustice, she and other top women players called for a boycott. The move led to the creation of the first tennis tour for women.

Learn about the invention of a product important to women's sports, the "Jogbra:" http://s.si.edu/Jogbra

Note: King's tennis dress is not currently on display.

#SportsHistory   #WomensHistory  
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94 years ago today: George McGovern, a U.S. senator and the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972, is born in Avon, South Dakota. This coloring book was distributed by the McGovern campaign during the 1972 presidential race.

The coloring book demonstrated McGovern's concern for the environment. On the back, it says, "If you are not part of the solution you are part of the pollution!"

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What better way to promote ecology than by killing a bunch of trees to print throwaway ephemera on?
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Today in 1863: Civil War draft riots grip New York. News of the horrific bloodshed at the Battle of Gettysburg spread across the country and many Americans began to speak out against the provisions of the new draft law—especially the clause which allowed drafted men to pay $300 or hire a substitute to take their place. http://s.si.edu/1Xv3mH7
As a mob protesting the Civil War draft formed near Steinway & Sons on July 13, 1863, the factory owner recorded the dramatic events of the next few days in his diary. The diary sparked the William Steinway Diary Project. Curator Emerita Cynthia Adams Hoover and volunteer Karen Johnson look back on this tumultuous time.
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Today in 1895: Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II born. His creations include "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," and "Show Boat." What's your absolute favorite song from a Broadway musical?

More "Showboat" history: http://s.si.edu/29A5eeA
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Absolute best for me from Broadway: toss up between "Wishing You Where Somehow Here Again" from the "Phantom of the Opera"; or the "And the Money Kept Rolling In" from "Evita".

As for Rogers and Hammerstein: The whole soundtrack from "Oklahoma" ("Surrey with the Fringe on Top" A+++).
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Today in 1975: Arthur Ashe becomes the first African American man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeats Jimmy Connors. He used this racquet.

Ashe was a vocal advocate for civil rights, both in the United States and abroad, and was involved in many humanitarian efforts, including the opening of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He has been recognized with honors such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and has had a statue erected on Richmond’s Monument Avenue.
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"The hills are alive, with the sound of music!" Today in 1902: Musical composer Richard Rodgers is born. This mask is from the Broadway revival of "The King and I," created in 1951 by Rodgers and lyricist-librettist Oscar Hammerstein.

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I love that mask are u selling it and how much
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A stunningly detailed portrait in silk of a World War I hero.
Continuing our World War I series, discover an incredible portrait of a war hero.
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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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1400 Constitution Avenue NW Washington DC 20560