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Did you put in a garden this summer 🌱? During World War I, posters like the one above encouraged young people to join the United States Garden Army—a program that promoted sustainable gardens in suburban and urban communities. 🌿
Between 1917 and 1919, millions of American children "enlisted" in the U.S. Garden Army, converting their yards, empty lots, and other vacant spaces into gardens so that they could do their part to support the nation's war effort. Per a common slogan at the time, “Food will win the war.” 🇺🇸 President Woodrow Wilson was a vocal supporter of the program, and money from the Department of Defense was used to fund it. To encourage even more young people to join, the U.S. government promoted school gardens in a series of short stories published in newspapers around the country. The series “The Stories the Dewdrops Told” educated children about gardens, food conservation, and food preservation. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about the stars of the short stories—the Dewdrop Fairies. 🧚
#MilitaryHistory #GardenHistory #ChildrensHistory #EducationHistory #AmericanHistory #AmericanDemocracy #WorldWarI #WW1 #Gardening #SummerHobbies


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Do you have pins from organizations you support?
Luisa Moreno may have owned a pin like this 1937 button for the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America. Moreno, a labor organizer and Latino/a civil rights advocate, worked with the organization in the 1930s, organizing pecan shellers in Texas.
Curator Mireya Loza explains Moreno “understood that labor rights were intricately tied to civil rights.” Moreno also worked with the American Federation of Labor to organize Latina and African American women cigar rollers in Florida and led El Congreso de Pueblos de Habla Española—the Spanish-Speaking People's Congress.
Learn more about Moreno’s story on the blog (s.si.edu/Moreno) or in our “American Enterprise” exhibition.
#WomensHistory #LatinoHistory #LatinxHistory #LatinaHistory #HispanicHeritage #LaborHistory #BusinessHistory #AmericanHistory #CivicEngagement #Civics #SSChat #PinbackButtons


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How'd you learn to type? For me, it was "Mario Teaches Typing" in the 1990s. This typewriter was patented on today's date 125 years ago. The Williams No. 6 Typewriter allowed for visible writing with a "grasshopper" typing mechanism. Prior to this design, typists had to lift the platen to see their work. ⌨️💻📱 -Erin, currently typing on a mobile device


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Chef and educator Julia Child smiles in this 1993 photo with Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. They were guests on her program "Cooking with Master Chefs." On November 1, they'll receive the Julia Child Award presented by the @juliachildfoundation, here at our museum as part of our #SmithsonianFood Gala. Join us for the black-tie event and hear from Chef Bobby Flay: http://s.si.edu/FoodGala
Save the date for our Smithsonian Food History Weekend, featuring cooking demos, a night of craft beer, discussions with leading experts, a black-tie gala, and a museum-wide festival. We'll explore the connections between regions, food, and people throughout history, November 1-3.

#FoodHistory #JuliaChild #WomensHistory #CulinaryHistory


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Did you know Major League baseballs are still hand-stitched? ⚾️ After World War II, the United Shoe Machinery Corporation experimented with mechanizing the stitching. The prototypes were promising, but expensive. Ultimately, the director of planning reported the “development program was curtailed in March, 1961 when the Baseball Manufacturers Committee of Athletic Goods Manufacturing Association declined to support further development, and our management made a decision not to further fund the program without industry support.” #Baseball #Invention #Innovation #BusinessHistory #AllStarGame #ASG #ASG2018 #AmericanHistory [⚾️:United Shoe Machinery Corporation Records, Archives Center]


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Whether you’re gearing up for the #AllStarGame, or just for the week ahead, we have some #MondayMotivation for you.
Employers used motivational posters like this one from 1926 to encourage the behaviors they wanted to see in their staff. Let’s all work to better teammates this week.
#BaseballHistory #Baseball #AllStarGame #ASG #BusinessHistory #LaborHistory #MondayMotivation #MotivationalPoster #GraphicDesign #1920s #Typography #PosterDesign [⚾️: Mather Collection, Archives Center]


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“They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever saw…” baseball great Satchel Paige recalled the year he died.
The renowned pitcher had a long career playing for Negro League teams from 1926 through 1947. Before Major League Baseball’s color barrier broke, the exclusion of African Americans from major league baseball reflected racial segregation across the United States. The Negro Leagues offered African Americans the opportunity to play ball.
In 1948, Paige joined Major League Baseball when he was signed mid-season by the Cleveland Indians. At age 42, the newest Indian was one of the oldest “rookies” in Major League history. He went on to be a two-time All-Star and Hall of Fame inductee.
Can’t get enough #BaseballHistory? Be sure to join us for our All-Star Baseball Film Festival. Tonight, July 13, join us for screenings of “Sugar” and “42,” and “Giving and the Game”—an after-hours reception with an all-star panel, objects out of storage, and more. Link in the bio.
#BaseballHistory #Baseball #NegroLeagueBaseball #SportsHistory #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #philanthropy #AllStarGame #ASG #DCevents #myDCcool “Giving and the Game” is made possible by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, a grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable, through the museum’s Philanthropy Initiative. The Initiative is also made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein. In addition, Giving and the Game is supported through a gift from Cordoba Corporation and a partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center and La Vida Baseball.


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"The smart looking teams invariably play smart ball ... Keep your shoes clean and shining. And see if you don't feel better and play better ball,” instructed the players manual for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II, as female athletes took the field and brought fans to the stands while many male players were away. Not only did the players have athletic prowess, they had to uphold the league’s standards of appearance and behavior, outlined in the player-conduct manual “A Guide for All American Girls: How to Look Better, Feel Better, Be More Popular.” Outfielder and pitcher Betsy Jochum (aka “Sock’em Jochum”) followed the league’s guidelines—keeping her cleats clean and stealing 354 bases in her five year career with the South Bend Blue Sox.
Can’t get enough #BaseballHistory? Be sure to join us for our All-Star Baseball Film Festival starting today (Thursday July 12) with a special screening of “A League of Their Own”. Link in the bio.
#BaseballHistory #Baseball #WomensHistory #AmericanHistory #AllStarGame #ASG #DCevents #WWIIHistory #WWII #myDCcool #⚾️


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Meet Buck Leonard, a first baseman for Homestead Grays—a Negro League baseball team. Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, the exclusion of African Americans from major league baseball reflected racial segregation across the United States. The Negro Leagues offered African Americans the opportunity to play ball.
Leonard played for the Homestead Grays for 17 years. After retiring, he stayed connected to baseball—for instance, attending a fundraiser for Little League teams as the guest of honor.
Leonard’s story is part of baseball history. Join us Friday July 13, for “Giving and the Game,” a special reception exploring connections between baseball and philanthropy. Hear from our all-star panel. Savor our delicious ballpark-inspired Cuban menu. Explore rarely-seen objects from our baseball history collection. This event is part of our All-Star Baseball Film Festival. Link in the bio. Discount code for social media fans? BATTERUP
#BaseballHistory #Baseball #NegroLeagueBaseball #SportsHistory #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #PennsylvaniaHistory #philanthropy #AllStarGame #ASG #DCevents #myDCcool [📷:Scurlock Studio, Archives Center] “Giving and the Game” is made possible by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, a grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable, through the museum’s Philanthropy Initiative. The Initiative is also made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein. In addition, Giving and the Game is supported through a gift from Cordoba Corporation and a partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center and La Vida Baseball.


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Now batting for the Pittsburgh Pirates, number 21: Roberto Clemente.
Clemente was one of the first Latin American superstars in Major League Baseball, playing for the Pirates for 18 seasons.
Distinguished for his work on and off the field, Clemente fought for recognition of his fellow Latino ballplayers and held free baseball clinics for children in Puerto Rico, where he grew up. He also helped people in need across the United States and Central America.
While delivering supplies for victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake, Clemente died when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Clemente’s story is part of baseball history. Join us Friday July 13, for “Giving and the Game,” an after hours event exploring connections between Latino baseball and philanthropy. Hear from our all-star panel. Savor our delicious ballpark-inspired Cuban menu. Explore rarely-seen objects from our baseball history collection. This event is part of our All-Star Baseball Film Festival. Link in the bio.
#BaseballHistory #Baseball #SportsHistory #LatinoHistory #HispanicHeritage #AmericanHistory #PuertoRico #PuertoRicanHistory #Pittsburgh #PittsburghHistory #PennsylvaniaHistory #philanthropy #AllStarGame #ASG #DCevents #myDCcool #⚾️ “Giving and the Game” is made possible by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, a grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable, through the museum’s Philanthropy Initiative. The Initiative is also made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein. In addition, Giving and the Game is supported through a gift from Cordoba Corporation and a partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center and La Vida Baseball.


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We know you’ll hit out of the park this week! Employers used motivational posters like this one from 1927 to encourage the behaviors they wanted to see in their staff.
In D.C. and can’t get enough #BaseballHistory? Be sure to join us for our All-Star Baseball Film Festival starting this Thursday. Link in the bio.
#BaseballHistory #Baseball #AllStarGame #ASG #BusinessHistory #LaborHistory#MondayMotivation #MotivationalPoster#GraphicDesign #1920s #Typography#PosterDesign [⚾️: Randolph Collection, Archives Center]


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It’s #VideoGameDay, so blow the dust out of the cartridge and enjoy this blast from the past.
This Nintendo Game Boy was released in 1989. The handheld video game console combined aspects of Nintendo’s successful television video game console with their earlier handheld electronic “Game & Watch” games.
What video games did you play?
#BusinessHistory #AmericanHistory #HistTech #VideoGames #VintageGames #VintageGaming #eGames #Gaming


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