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How is there not a TV show about this yet? "Call the Frontier Nurse Midwives," perhaps? 

Midwives on horseback traveled miles to help women in rural eastern Kentucky deliver babies. Here's what life was like for the women of the Frontier Nursing Service: http://bit.ly/FrontierMed 

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Today in 1874: Poet Robert Frost is born.

John F. Kennedy invited Robert Frost, then 86, to read a poem at his 1961 inauguration. The presence of the New England poet lent an air of cultural sophistication to the proceedings. However, the sun's glare prevented Frost from reading "Dedication," which he had written for the occasion. Instead, he recited "The Gift Outright" from memory.
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A very BIG painting featuring 18 jazz greats just arrived at the museum. Guess one of the musicians featured for the chance to win a five disc set of classic jazz music: http://bit.ly/jazzmystery 

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 Big news for jazz fans. A very large painting featuring portraits of 18 American jazz greats has arrived at the Museum. The vibrant painting will be on display near our Constitution Cafe, catching the eyes of all who enter. We will unveil the painting on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, as we kickoff our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.Before the big unveiling, we're giving you a chance to join in the behind-the-scenes fun!
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+Ed Tillman Right you are. Please add your guess here: http://bit.ly/mysterypainting :)
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For Women's History Month, our blog post on Ethel Reed and the poster craze of the 1890s: http://bit.ly/EthelReed 

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During the 1890s, just about any flat surface in the public eye might be covered with simple, bold, and colorful posters. They advertised everything from books to bicycles, as well as railroads, magazines, and newspapers. Engaging designs attracted attention to the goods on offer and to the poster itself, soon enthusiastically sought by collectors. Publishers and manufacturers held design competitions and posters became extraordinarily popular.
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Now on display: The carriage that transported President Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and their guests to Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. There, they saw a performance of "Our American Cousin." Around 10 p.m. that evening, John Wilkes Booth entered the Presidential Box and assassinated the president.

The open barouche model carriage was built from tulip poplar by Wood Brothers of New York and features black leather seats, solid silver mountings, and a folding top.

The carriage is on view in conjunction an exhibition at nearby Ford’s Theatre, "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination," displaying a collection of items that were in the theater or carried by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination. Learn more about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/Silent_Witnesses
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Today in 1904: Psychologist B. F. Skinner is born. His pigeon-guided missile system (yes, really).

Here's the story: During World War II, the US military needed to find accurate ways to guide missiles to their targets. University of Minnesota psychologist B. F. Skinner suggested that a missile nose cone be supplied with three compartments, each with a window.
A pigeon would be placed in each section, and trained to peck on the window when the target appeared.

If all three pigeons pecked, the weapon would be released.
This prototype was never developed, but influenced later work on animal training.

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Kamikaze Pigeons? ...... Cool!
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There are 18 American jazz greats in this mystery painting. Guess one, win a prize: http://bit.ly/mysterypainting

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Today in 1807: Britain abolishes its slave trade thanks to an abolitionist movement represented by this medallion: http://bit.ly/PSuXoG

Teachers: How do you help your students define slavery? Do you compare modern-day slavery with its 19th century counterparts? Our National Youth Summit on Abolition includes a discussion kit, blog posts, image gallery, and video for use in your classroom: http://ow.ly/JJJcC

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DC craft beer, live bluegrass music, and the history of chickens in America on 4/8. Tickets: http://bit.ly/historyPM   #DCfoodies   #DC  
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Today in 1989: The oil tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William Sound, off the coast of Alaska. Almost 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the sea, the largest oil spill in United States history. The resulting oil slick contaminated 1,300 miles of coastline and killed over 200,000 sea birds and sea mammals such as otters, seals, and killer whales. The clean-up cost over 2.2 billion dollars.

Environmental disasters are often used to galvanize public support for reform; the Exxon Valdez accident is a perfect example. These buttons in our collection were produced to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the event.

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Today in 1765: Britain enacts the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies. It was the first direct tax on the colonies and provoked an immediate, violent response. This teapot had something to say about it: http://bit.ly/1dyVqNI

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Goodbye, winter! These two sheet music covers in our collection celebrate spring.

This sheet music is for the song "Mendelssohn's Spring Song" composed by Felix Mendelssohn around 1842-1844. This song was written as part of a series of piano pieces by Mendelssohn that he called “Songs Without Words.”

This sheet music is for the song "Kiss of Spring," a waltz by Walter Rolfe. The sheet music was published by Walter Jacobs of Boston, Massachusetts in 1906.

A few of our other favorite sheet music covers: http://bit.ly/ouranthems #music   #americanhistory   
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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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