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200 years ago, some members of the public didn't believe the smallpox vaccine really worked. 12 kids proved them wrong. http://bit.ly/smallpox12 

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Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases. — Centers for Disease Control
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95 years ago today: The 19th Amendment takes effect, giving female citizens the right to vote in all American elections. With this victory in place, the National American Woman Suffrage Association turned to its next campaign: preserving women's history in the +Smithsonian​. Thanks goodness they did: http://bit.ly/19thamend

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You've just won voting rights for the women of America. What do you do next? Go to the Smithsonian!The women of The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) had a plan. It began with a painting.
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Do you know how to edit #Wikipedia ? Whether you're just learning or you're an experienced editor, we'd love you to join our virtual edit-a-thon August 26-31. We're focusing on #DisabilityHistory  and the work of advocate Justin Dart, Jr. 

Learn more: http://s.si.edu/editathon 

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Don Draper's suit and hat, 2007, worn by Jon Hamm on AMC's #MadMen  is on display in our "American Stories" exhibition. Sunday, November 22, 2015, is the last day to see it. Plan your visit!

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Today in 1818: Women's rights pioneer Lucy Stone is born. She used this wagon to spread the word about woman suffrage and sell the "Woman's Journal" at rallies. It was originally a bakery or milk delivery wagon. 

Stone was one of the so-called "19th century triumvirate" of woman's suffrage and feminism, along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was one of the organizers of the first National Women's Rights Convention in 1850. 

In 1869, she founded American Woman Suffrage Association. More moderate than Susan B. Anthony's National Woman Suffrage Association, it admitted men as well as women and was committed to passage of the 15th amendment. In 1870 Lucy Stone founded the "Woman's Journal" to disseminate information about women's rights topics.

Note: Not currently on display. 

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Great share! Just visited Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women's rights movement. 
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Today in 1794: Engraver James Barton Longacre is born. He designed this coin, the double eagle.

For its front side, Longacre employed a simple head of Liberty, wearing a coronet. Stars surrounded the head of the goddess, and the date appeared below. The reverse depicted a somewhat ornate representation of an eagle, a "glory" of stars and rays above, the national motto to either side.

In 1854, the United States created a new branch mint in San Francisco to deal with the fruits of the gold rush. It was intended to replace a whole galaxy of private California mints that had created a variety of local coins.

This double eagle was the first coin the new federal mint struck. Below the eagle, each coin from the new branch Mint bore a distinctive small "S." This distinguished the coin from ones struck in Philadelphia, which had no such mark, and ones struck at New Orleans, which had an "O."

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"Smallpox is dead!" Thanks to a special gun: http://s.si.edu/peacegun
At the height of the Cold War, Soviet and American scientists and physicians united to call for a new and very different war—one on infectious disease. Arguing that smallpox would be one of the easiest of infectious diseases to kill permanently, delegates at the 1959 meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) aggressively called for the worldwide eradication of smallpox.
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#Numismatics  fans, a close look at three Etruscan coins in our collections: http://s.si.edu/numisrad
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Today in 1914: German forces occupy Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. The talented Belgian lace makers came to the rescue: http://s.si.edu/warlace

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"War" and "lace" are not often part of the same sentence. However, laces made in Belgium during World War I are an exception. About 50 of these form an important part of the lace holdings of the Division of Home and Community Life's Textile Collection. While they aren't currently on display, you can explore them in a new online object group.
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10 years ago today, Google goes public on NASDAQ. This game from our #BusinessHistory  exhibition shows how the founders went from innovation to market: http://s.si.edu/1LllalS

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Today in 1960: An RCA 501 computer successfully prints this out using the computer programming language COBOL (that's the COmmon Business-Oriented Language). It's from an inventory control program: http://s.si.edu/1K1RFUI 

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Think about the innovation necessary to make Dorothy's Ruby Slippers sparkle in "The Wizard of Oz." Technicolor technology is just one of the innovations we explore in our #PlacesOfInvention  exhibition. The exhibit needs your vote TODAY to make it to Round Two of the Smithsonian Showdown: http://s.si.edu/1J7hOTa

A quick tour of other Places of Invention we study: 
👉 Hartford, Connecticut, late 1800s: Manufacturing of bikes, sewing machines, and more, all with interchangeable parts. 
👉 Medical Alley, Minnesota, 1950s: A community of tinkerers invents life-saving cardiac technology.
👉 The Bronx, 1970s: Iconic aspects of hip-hop are invented by DJs innovating and repurposing equipment.
👉 Fort Collins, Colorado, 2010s: College town combines its energies for a greener planet.

Please cast your vote for our Places of Invention Map and then tell a friend.
Thanks! 
- Erin & Kate, your friends at the National Museum of American History and The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center ‪

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Looks like the yellow brick road was tough on Dorothy's slippers. 
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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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