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Unveiling of Kenneth E. Behring Bust

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
A bust of Kenneth E. Behring, sculpted by Marc Mellon, stands on the second floor of the National Museum of American History. Behring donated $80 million to the Museum in 2000 and consequently paved the way for major building renovations and some of the Museum's most popular exhibitions. Learn more: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2011/06/the-sculptor-behind-the-ken-behring-bust.html

Welcome to the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
This video provides an overview of the iconic artifacts, stimulating exhibitions, engaging programs, and other amenities visitors encounter on a visit to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. For more information please visit http://americanhistory.si.edu.

Reopening the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
After a two-year renovation, the museum reopened to the public on Nov. 21, 2008 with a three-day festival. Take a peek inside the museum for a look at some of the festivities and get a glimpse of the new exhibitions and spaces that await your visit. Museum now open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Dec. 25.

Kenneth Olsen

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
After studying at MIT, Kenneth Olsen (1926–2011) and a colleague, Harlan Anderson, started a computer company. Because in 1957 this was very risky, their Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) first made only computer components. Later it pioneered minicomputers, which were smaller and more affordable than competitive mainframes. DEC eventually became the second largest computer company in America. This video is featured in the "Computer Pioneers" section of the American Enterprise exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (The video does not have an audio track). Section link: americanhistory.si.edu/american-enterprise-exhibition/videos/computer-pioneers Exhibition link: americanhistory.si.edu/american-enterprise

Hall of Music Preview - National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Renovation plans at the National Museum of American History include a new Hall of Music that will provide a home for the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and other American musical expressions. In this video, our chamber musicians join Director John Gray to provide a sneak peek. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/renovation.

Introduction to Acoustics Instruments from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on the history of acoustics during the 18th and 19th centuries, including demonstrations of wave models, tuning forks, sirens, resonators, and the Chladni plate. This is the first video in a series of five.

Jim Henson Family donation to the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
On September 24, 2013, the Jim Henson Family donated more than 20 puppets and props to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Many of the donated puppets are the first constructions of these characters and represent Henson's work in early television commercials and shows that include "The Muppet Show" (1976-1981), "Fraggle Rock" (1983-87) and "Sesame Street" (1969--present). The donation ceremony featured family and associates of Jim Henson as well as Museum staff.

Vince and Larry Crash the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Among the objects accepted into the National Museum of American History collections on July 14, 2010, are the original "Vince and Larry" crash-test dummy costumes that appeared in public-safety campaigns nationwide from 1985 through 1998. To mark the 25th anniversary of these award-winning public service announcements, Vince and Larry, played by the original actors Tony Reitano and Whitney Rydbeck, "crashed" into the ceremony. Learn more: http://americanhistory.si.edu/news/pressrelease.cfm?key=29&newskey=1165

Introduction to Wave Models from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses models used to represent the movement of sound waves, including demonstrations of wave models by Kohl, Ricky, and Crova, as well as a projected lantern wave model. This is the second video in a series of five.

Chladni Plate Demonstration from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on the plate developed by the 18th century scientist Chladni whose instruments create visual representations of wave patterns. This is the fourth video in a series of five.

Introduction to Tuning Forks from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses the science behind and uses for tuning forks, including demonstrations of tuning forks on resonators, the Grand Tonometer, a medical tuning fork, and a beats apparatus. This is the third video in a series of five.

Introduction to Resonance With Artifacts from the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Meet Steven Turner, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he discusses the Smithsonian's scientific instrument collection. This video focuses on instruments that showcase acoustics resonance, including tuning forks on resonator boxes, matching resonators, Helmholtz resonators, and a resonator on a brass cup. This is the fifth video in a series of five.

American History Jam

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Watch Before You Visit! A Teacher Orientation Video to the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
This video provides basic information about planning a field trip to the museum, including arrival tips, food and other services available, and other educational resources for use both before and after your visit.

Renée Fleming's message: Raise It Up! on June 14, 2014 with the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
On June 14, 2014, at 4:00 PM EDT, Renée Fleming invites you to add your voice to the largest group sing of the national anthem in history as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the nation's most iconic symbol: the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem. In 2014, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will "Raise It Up!" and celebrate the 200th anniversary by uniting the original manuscript with the flag at the Museum from June 14-July 6, 2014.

Ask a Farmer at the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Ask A Farmer connects museum visitors to farmers nationwide for real-time conversations about American agriculture. This video highlights three panel discussions on the topics of Women in Agriculture, Family Farms, and Latinos in Agriculture. Curious to learn more? Visit s.si.edu/AskAFarmer

American History (After Hours): The Great History of American Brewing

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Speakers are: Susan Evans McClure (MC/Q&A moderator); Frank Clark of Colonial Williamsburg; Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Beer; Jon Grinspan, curator of Political History at the National Museum of American History; Kate Haulman, associate professor of History at American University, and finally, Charlie Papazian, founder and past president of the Brewers Association. This program was the inaugural event of the American Brewing Initiative at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, a research and collecting initiative aimed at documenting the history of brewers, brewers, and the beer industry. This initiative is made possible with the generous support of the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers.

David Hidalgo says Raise It Up! on June 14, 2014 with the National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
On June 14, 2014, at 4:00 PM EDT, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos invites you to add your voice to the largest group sing of the national anthem in history as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the nation's most iconic symbol: the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem. The museum will "Raise It Up!" and celebrate the 200th anniversary by uniting the original manuscript with the flag at the Museum from June 14-July 6, 2014 and holding a special event at the museum on Flag Day (Saturday, June 14, 2014). Join the party: http://anthemforamerica.smithsonian.com/ Special thanks to the team at Wool and Tusk for their hard work and creativity: Scott Mele, Roger Pistole, Derek West, Joe Pisapia, David Bartin, Michael Freeman, Alexis Kaback, Daniel Walker, Jeff Rosen, Harvey Moltz, and Greg and Erin Whiteley.

American History (After Hours) 2015: Brewing Up History

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
How are today’s brewers inspired by history? Bluejacket brewery’s Greg Engert and beer historian Mike Stein discuss the art and science of brewing, moderated by Susan Evans, Program Director of the American Food History project. Greg and Mike share their story of creating new beers inspired by beer styles of the early 19th century and explore the connections between Washington, DC’s craft beer scene today and the DC beer world of the past. January 23, 2015

American History (After Hours): The Judgement of Paris and American Wine

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
On May 16, 2016, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris with a special American History (After Hours) program at the museum with wine tastings, food, and dynamic conversation. The Judgment of Paris was a pivotal moment forty years ago when American winemakers surprised a panel of French wine experts (and the world) by placing first in a blind tasting that pitted the new American wines against the best of France. Watch the panel discussion from this evening about the legacy of the Judgment of Paris and American wine history featuring experts and some of the original participants: Steven Spurrier – The organizer of the 1976 Judgment of Paris. George Taber – The only journalist to cover the tasting and author of Judgment of Paris (New York: Scribner, 2005). Warren Winiarski – The winemaker of the winning 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Bo Barrett – The CEO and former winemaker at Chateau Montelena Winery and son of the late Jim Barrett who owned Chateau Montelena at the time of the Judgment of Paris. Violet Grgich – The daughter of Mike Grgich, the winemaker of the winning 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and founder of the winery, Grgich Hills Estate, where Violet is co-proprietor. Ted Baseler – The CEO of Ste. Michelle Estates and CEO of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Moderated by Paula Johnson, Curator, National Museum of American History. View pictures from the evening here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskAxJT3t

American History (After Hours): What the Cluck?

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
How did chicken become America's go-to white meat? Join farmers and Smithsonian historians for a conversation on the past, present, and future of chicken in America. From large-scale chicken production to backyard coops, from food safety to chicken marketing, how has American agriculture changed over time?

American History (After Hours): The Craft Distilling (Re) Revolution

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Ever taken a trip to a local distiller? James Rodewald, author of "American Spirit: An Exploration of the Craft Distilling Revolution," bartender Derek Brown, and Micheal Lowe of New Columbia Distillers discuss the current and historic revolutions in American distilling.

Religion in Early American Symposium

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
On June 26th, 2017 the National Museum of American History hosted a religion symposium to highlight the new exhibition Religion in Early America. Tim Eriksen, Grammy-nominated shape-note singer, opened the symposium with a performance and interactive experience for the audience. Then our religion curator, Peter Manseau led a discussion with Stephen Prothero and Jenna Weissman Joselit about the importance of objects in studying American religious history. Captions to come!
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