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Foodies, tickets are going fast for our next  #HistoryAfterHours   http://bit.ly/historyPM 

Julia Child inspired Americans to emulate European cooking. Then, in the late 1960s, food luminaries such as Julia Child and her editor Judith Jones, as well as countless food-loving Americans, began to look away from Europe and toward their own country for inspiration, exploring the rich heritage of American regional cooking with a new sense of appreciation and curiosity. 

Join food history writers Alex Prud'homme (co-author of "My Life in France") and Sara Franklin (who recently conducted a life oral history of Jones) as they discuss the renewal of American regional food culture after Julia's debut as "The French Chef." 

After the talk, enjoy Julia Child's kitchen as part of the exhibition "FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," along with delicious food, wine, and beer.

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Today in 1770: "The Boston Massacre" occurs. British soldiers fire into a snow-ball throwing crowd, killing five colonists. This print is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery: http://bit.ly/1fwgl3w 

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The Bloody Massacre by Paul Revere. Search the Smithsonian American Art museum collection, one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art made in the United States.
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Lesson of the day: don't taunt people with guns. Riot Act or no. What impresses me is how John Adams defended the soldiers in court at great risk to his practice and standing in the community.
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Our National Numismatic Collection includes rare coins, early credit cards, Depression-era clam shells used as money, and has just received a new addition representing emerging numismatic technology: a collection of Square technology.

Square technology was invented by entrepreneur Jack Dorsey and computer science engineer and economist, Jim McKelvey. The idea emerged because McKelvey, who is also a glass artist, was having difficulty accepting large payments for the sale of his artwork. When unable to process credit card payments from his clients, he and Dorsey began working on a portable and inexpensive method of processing debit and credit card sales.

Learn more on the blog: http://bit.ly/numismatastic

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Happy National Anthem Day! What's your favorite patriotic song? Enjoy some history behind "Hail Columbia," "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "Yankee Doodle:" http://bit.ly/ouranthems

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On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act that made Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official national anthem of the United States. The American military had adopted Key's song as an official part of their ceremonies as early as the 1890s, but the song that commemorated American victory at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 was far from the only contender for National Anthem status by the early 20th cent...
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This reminds me of a gift I made up a number of years ago: a cd of traditional patriotic music with a binder full of their lyrics and the stories behind the songs. A friend had just become an American, and you've got to learn the national soundtrack if you're aiming to be a true blue Yankee. 😆
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Today in 1807: The United States Congress outlaws the importation of slaves, who had been forced into America aboard ships such as this one.

The horrific ordeal of the Middle Passage: http://bit.ly/1crYquL

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Doing embroidery in a war zone? That's exactly what these brave French women did during World War I: http://bit.ly/WWIembroidery

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The scream of incoming shells would send French peasant women dashing to their cellars for safety, but then they would pick their needlework up again.
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We are OPEN this snowy Thursday, along with the National Air and Space Museum in DC. 

All other museums in DC and the Smithsonian's National Zoo are CLOSED. 
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President Grant is huge in Japan. Well, he was. When his visit was over, Emperor Meiji sent him a very precious gift: http://bit.ly/GrantsCoins 

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As an intern in the National Numismatic Collection, Chelsea Hansen has been working with General Ulysses S. Grant's collection of Japanese coins that will be included in the upcoming exhibition, The Value of Money, opening July 2015.
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Happy National Anthem Day. Another patriotic song? "My Country 'Tis of Thee," written by  Rev. Samuel Francis Smith in 1831. For the melody, he used a song he found among some German music books provided by a friend. He probably didn't realize that the tune he chose was already wildly popular the world over. It was already in use in SEVEN national anthems in Europe, including the British "God Save the King." 

His version premiered together for the first time at a children's church concert on July 4, 1831. 

Martin Luther King Jr. quoted "My Country 'Tis of Thee" on August 28, 1963, when he called upon Americans to "let freedom ring!"

More patriotic songs: http://bit.ly/ouranthems

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On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act that made Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official national anthem of the United States. The American military had adopted Key's song as an official part of their ceremonies as early as the 1890s, but the song that commemorated American victory at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 was far from the only contender for National Anthem status by the early 20th cent...
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Happy Women's History Month! This patent model was submitted by a female inventor in 1879. This was her first patented invention, inspired by her work at a Springfield, Massachusetts paper company.

Can you guess what it did? Here are a few clues:

• The machine made something still in use today, often when grocery shopping. 
• The machine could fold paper. 
• The item it produced was helpfully flat on the bottom.

The answer: http://bit.ly/1F0N8g1

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Today in 1845: President John Tyler signs a congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas. This hunting knife was owned by Sam Houston, who was the republic's first president. After Texas became a U.S. state, Houston was elected as the state's U.S. senator.

Note the eight-point star-shaped plate with "Houston" inscribed on the knife's handle. http://bit.ly/1auITQw

Note: not currently on display.

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As we remember actor Leonard Nimoy today, we wanted to share this from our collection. They're ear tips Nimoy wore as Mr. Spock in the 1982 movie "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan." The authentication card is signed in green ink by Leonard Nimoy.

Note: not currently on display.

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+Griffin Barrows We'd love to! We aren't able to right now, however. Will let G+ folks know as soon as we do! :) - Erin
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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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