TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Dan Robbins, an artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s, has died. He was 93.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An event this week will highlight the history of LGBTQ people in the American South.
What organizers are calling the inaugural Queer History South Conference opens...
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A collection of Matthew Shepard's papers and personal objects will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
A news release from the Smithsonian says the museum will accept the donation from Shepard's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, in Washington on Oct. 25.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was 50 years in the making.
Jose Feliciano on Thursday donated to the National Museum of American History the same guitar on which he performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the 1968 World Series in Detroit.
His Latin jazz-infused rendition, the first one personalized by a pop artist, took the national anthem for the first time to the Top 40 charts but also brought him heavy criticism from those who accuse him of destroying a sacred song.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something "modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first African-American race team owner to compete in the Indianapolis 500 will be donating memorabilia to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Leonard Miller is the former owner and president of Black American Racers Inc. The team entered a car in the Indy 500 in 1972 and was ranked within the top 60 racing teams in the world in the mid-1970s.
BOSTON (AP) — Signs from women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges.
More than a million people rallied at dozens of demonstrations last Saturday to protest President Donald Trump and to support women's rights. Many carried homemade signs bearing slogans and images that were defiant, hopeful and biting.
But as the crowds cleared out and abandoned scores of signs, some historians and archivists scrambled to salvage them.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Two doors from the first store owned by Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington and The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The doors from Walton's first shop, opened in 1945 in Newport, Arkansas, were stored for years by Ivy Brother Construction co-owner Gene Ivy, who renovated the store in the 1960s, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2gZed0P ).
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bucket of ice that sparked a viral social-media campaign has a new home at the Smithsonian.
The National Museum of American History is opening a new exhibit on the history of philanthropy on Tuesday. A showcase item will be the blue bucket that was used to dump ice water onto Jeanette Senerchia in 2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors flocked like flying monkeys to the Smithsonian's crowd-funding campaign to preserve a pair of ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." But they weren't as generous when it comes to maintaining the Scarecrow costume from the beloved movie.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Rick Bayless is being honored at the Smithsonian for his contributions to American dining.
Bayless will receive the second annual Julia Child Award from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. The award will be presented Thursday at a gala devoted to food history at the National Museum of American History.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the Smithsonian has reached its crowd-funding goal to preserve the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," the museum is asking for more money to conserve another relic from the beloved movie.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 5,000 people have pledged money to help the Smithsonian preserve a pair of famous red slippers.
Earlier this week, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to help preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of "The Wizard of Oz." On Saturday afternoon, the campaign hit 5,000 backers and had raised more than $282,000.
WASHINGTON (AP) — People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers.
On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of "The Wizard of Oz." By Friday morning, the campaign had already raised $239,000. More than 4,390 people had backed the project.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 18 about an effort to preserve the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," The Associated Press reported erroneously where the slippers are displayed. They are on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, not the National Museum of Natural History.
A corrected version of the story is below:
No-brainer: $300K campaign to rescue Dorothy's ruby slippers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to preserve the ruby slippers from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." The museum hopes to raise $300,000 in a month. Here are five things to know about the famous relic:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian officials are starting a fundraising campaign to repair and preserve Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz."
Media outlets report that officials launched Monday a Kickstarter campaign of $300,000 to repair the slippers. The famous shoes were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studio prop department and are currently on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor has been involved in a Smithsonian exhibit that looks at the lives of people who lived in a Massachusetts home for almost 200 years.
Associate history professor Christopher Magra helped the Division of Home and Community Life in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History revise the exhibit and reconstruct the work life of a slave who had lived in the house.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Museum of African American History and Culture opening this weekend in Washington took more than a decade to build. A look at some of the key milestones in its construction:
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it will donate the bow tie that Charles Osgood wears Sunday to host his final edition of "Sunday Morning" to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
The 83-year-old newsman is stepping down after 22 years as anchor of the leisurely-paced "Sunday Morning," which usually dominates the news ratings on that day. CBS will devote most of the broadcast this Sunday to honoring his career.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture opens this week alongside the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History, it will firmly — and finally — anchor the black experience in the nation's narrative.
"In 1915 . they say, 'There should be a monument. There should be a memorial that honors our contribution,'" said Michelle Wilkinson, one of the museum's curators. "Not just a pile of stone, or a shaft. It needs to be a museum."