Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has acquired a collection of more than 1,000 works of art, prints, objects and other materials documenting early human flight, beginning with balloons. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Preservation Workshop Being Held in D.C.

The Smithsonian is teaching Washington-area residents how to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance that may be stored in their attics, basements, closets and garages.


The Smithsonian Museum sought inauguration items for its exhibit on the first African-American president. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Smithsonian Collects Items From Inauguration For Obama Exhibit

As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history.