January at the National Museum of American History
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1968 March on Washington

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March on Washington Handbill

The March on Washington, August 28, 1963, was the largest civil rights demonstration the nation had ever witnessed. Its speakers included A. Philip Randolph, John Lewis, James Farmer, Walter Reuther, and Martin Luther King, Jr., whose “I Have a Dream” speech invoked the hopes of all Americans seeking racial justice.

Smithsonian Council for American History

Smithsonian Council for American History

The Museum is grateful to the following members who recently joined the Council or renewed their membership:

• James K. Asselstine and Bette J. Davis
• Candice Bennett and William Hewitt
• Harry L. Crisp III
• Robert and Marilyn Haroutunian
• Lee and Carol Orr
• Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Small

You can become a part of this special group. Find out more.

First Lady quotes

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What do you think would be the best and worst parts of being the First Lady?

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The Experimental Sound Recordings of Alexander Graham Bell

Extracting the sound recordings
The Museum’s collections include 200 experimental sound recordings made by Bell’s Volta Laboratory. Previously unplayable, a new technique developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Library of Congress lets us listen to the recordings for the first time in over 100 years.

You Must Remember This Opening February

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone © 2001 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.
Coinciding with the grand opening of the Warner Bros. Theater, this display will showcase rare Hollywood memorabilia, including costumes worn by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Clint Eastwood, along with Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter robe. Visitors will also see objects representing Warner Bros. Studio history such as Jack Warner’s silver telephone and Bugs Bunny animation drawings. (photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone © 2001 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.)

LAST CHANCE to see Julia Child’s Kitchen is January 8

Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian
The Museum must move the kitchen to prepare for upcoming renovations to its west exhibition wing. The Museum will reopen the kitchen within a new exhibition focusing on food and wine in America, scheduled to open in late summer 2012.

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