@Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Ruby Slippers are back on display! Legal: https://t.co/dJOZaQ7IFu
Many African American women who enlisted in the Women's Army Corps during World War II had signed up to do skilled jobs. That's often not what they ended up doing. Four went on strike to prove their point. Their story:
Certain her son would die during #WW1 , Hosteen Nez Basa, a Navajo woman, made this blanket for his burial. When her son returned from the front alive, she donated the blanket to a fundraising raffle to benefit the local Red Cross, raising close to $1,500.
Zitkála-Šá was an accomplished author, musician, and dedicated worker for the reform of United States Indian policies—including fighting Native American’s right to vote. Discover the changes made #BecauseOfHerStory : #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
Today's winter temperatures make us want to cuddle up with the quilts in our collection (don't worry, the curators and collection managers won't let us). These silk quilts from the national collection were meant for display, not use, anyway:
Today in 1942: FDR signs an order #EO9066 ) allowing incarceration of Japanese Americans. Background:
Today in 1776: The Declaration of Independence is read aloud to Gen. Washington's troops in New York. Lithograph:
A child's Superman cape, an award from a fair, a ring intended for a future husband. These objects reflect facets of Matthew Shepard's life. Today, they join our collection, representing the story of a young man who was so much more than his brutal murder in 1998. #LGBTQhistory