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    National Museum of American History September 11 Exhibition

    Curator Cedric Yeh previewed the National Museum of of American History’s one-day exhibit commemorating the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On September 11, 2016,…

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    Diversity in History Films

    Panelists talked about diversity in historical films. They spoke about to what extent there is a lack of diversity in historical films as well as how and why this issue should be addressed.…

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    1965 Hart-Celler Immigration and Nationality Act

    Panelists talked about the history of the 1965 Hart-Celler Act, which changed U.S. immigration policy from a quota system to one that focused on an immigrant’s skills and family…

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    Religious Growth in Early America

    Panelists talked about factors that contributed to religious growth in America between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The spoke about examples such as African Americans' changing…

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    Religious Freedom in Early America

    Panelists talked about how Christianity and other religious traditions, such as those of the Native Americans and Mormons, clashed in early America, and how Christian principles shaped the…

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    Star-Spangled Banner

    Jennifer Jones and Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss talked about the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s centerpiece exhibit of the Star-Spangled Banner. 2014 marked the 200th anniversary…

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    Smithsonian Flag Day Ceremony

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History commemorated Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner with speeches and a variety of performances. The program…

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    Origins of the Cell Phone

    Art Molella, director of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, interviewed Martin Cooper about the development of the first cell phones and current…

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    Conversation with Junius Williams and Tom Hayden

    Junius Williams and Tom Hayden talked about urban black politics, the Black Power Movement, and William’s book Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power. They shared their…

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    Historians and History Museums

    Historians talk about the work of history museums and whether or not graduate programs are preparing students for careers in both academic and public history. Panelists included historians…

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    Future of History Museums

    Directors of some the United States' most prominent history museums talked about the experiences and challenges of running their respective institutions. They spoke about the changes they’ve…

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    Jefferson's Bible

    The work of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Paper Conservation Laboratory project to preserve the “Jefferson Bible” was shown. In his retirement years Thomas Jefferson…

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    The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

    Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, toured the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and talked about eight objects featured in…

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    Lunch Counter Sit-In Reenactment

    The Smithsonian National Museum of American History presented a theatrical performance with a “1960 Civil Rights Activist,” who teaches visitors about non-violent sit-in tactics and uses…

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    How Mexican Food Conquered the World

    Panelists talked about the history of foods such as tacos, tamales, and chili, and popularity of Mexican cuisine in the U.S., from its indigenous origins in Mesoamerica to the present era…

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    Civil War Naval Technology

    Historians talked about naval technology developments during the war, and discuss the construction and use of ironclad gunboats, the Union Blockade, and torpedo boats. This was part of a…

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    Command Communications in the Civil War

    Historians talked about communication developments during the Civil War, and discuss the use of the printing press and telegraph by Union and Confederate leadership. This was part of a…

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    Inaugurations in American History

    Historians Brian Balogh, Ed Ayers, and Peter Onuf recorded their weekly radio program, BackStory with the American History Guys, sin the Flag Hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of…

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    Presidential Inauguration Objects

    Harry Rubenstein, chairman of the National Museum of American History Politics and Reform Division, talked about some of the Presidential inaugural objects from past inaugurations. The museum has…

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    Civil War Battlefield Technology

    Historians and professors talked about developments in weaponry and tactics that played an instrumental role in the fighting between Union and Confederate forces. This event was part of a…

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