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Bundle up, it’s cold outside.
Jamie Farr wore this pink beaded wool coat as Klinger on the television show, “M*A*S*H.” Klinger often sported fabulous women’s clothing on the show. His outfits were pulled from the 20th Century Fox wardrobe department, and many had appeared in earlier productions. This coat was originally worn by Betty Grable.
Check out the link in our bio to learn about Jamie Farr’s M*A*S*H experience, and the famous hand-me-downs he wore. (https://s.si.edu/2Quu2PH)
#Textiles #CostumeHistory #ClothingHistory #Vintage #VintageClothing #HollywoodHistory #EntertainmentHistory #AmericanHistory #MASH #4077


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Be generous in your judgment (of yourself and others) this week!
Employers used work incentive posters like this one from 1928 to encourage the behavior they wanted to see in their staff.
In D.C.? You can learn more about these posters in our new display, “Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s.” #MondayMotivation #SnowDay #MotivationalPoster #AmericanHistory #GraphicDesign #1920s #BusinessHistory #LaborHistory #Typography [❄️: Randolph Collection, Archives Center]


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“When I came back from church today, I heard the dreamlike news that Japanese airplanes had bombed Hawaiʻi. I was shocked beyond belief.” On December 7, 1941, Toku Shimomura of Seattle recorded her experience learning of the Pearl Harbor attack in her diary. “I sat in front of the radio and listened to the news all day. They said that at 6 a.m. Japan declared war on the United States. Our future has become gloomy. I pray that God will stay with us,” she wrote.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States entered a war in Europe and the Pacific, the nation was overcome by shock, anger, and fear—a fear exaggerated by long-standing anti-Asian prejudice. Ten weeks later President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, under which nearly 75,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were taken into custody. Another 45,000 Japanese nationals living in the United States (many of whom had been long denied citizenship because of their race) were also incarcerated. To learn more click the link in our bio: https://s.si.edu/RightingAWrong
#WWII #WW2 #PearlHarbor #AmerianHistory #AsianPacificHeritage #AsianPacificAmericans #SeattleHistory #MilitaryHistory #OTD #TDIH #1940s #EO9066 #ExecutiveOrder9066 #JapaneseAmericanHeritage #WorldWarII #WorldWar2


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On December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy, nearly 200 Japanese planes attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor.
After the attack, many Americans rallied around the war effort with the patriotic cry, "Remember Pearl Harbor." Thousands of buttons or lapel pins were distributed to remind Americans of the tragic event and to solidify the war efforts.
#PearlHarbor #WW2 #WWII #MilitaryHistory #1940s #TDIH #OTD #Jewelry #AmericanHistory


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80-year-old shoes. 200 hours of conservation work. Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are back on display. Objects Conservator Dawn Wallace shares why it took so long to stabilize and clean these hard-working kitten heels from the 1939 movie. See the full video at the link in our profile: https://s.si.edu/ConservationComplete 👠👠 #KeepThemRuby #RubySlippers #HollywoodHistory #FashionHistory #WizardOfOz #VintageFashion #VintageShoes


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New gallery coming in 2021! Our friends @slc_latino will open the Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first-ever physical space at the @Smithsonian dedicated to highlighting the U.S. Latino experience.
What will you find in the gallery when these renderings become reality? A new way to experience Latino content at the Smithsonian through physical objects, hands-on activities, and multimedia immersive experiences.
Thanks to the generous support of the Molina Family and the first founding corporate donor, Target, The Molina Family Latino Gallery will open its doors here in 2021 and we couldn’t be more excited. Until then, you can continue to engage with the Smithsonian Latino Center through its many programs and activities. Start by following them on Instagram! #LatinoHistory #LatinxHistory #HispanicHeritage #AmericanHistory


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As this belt buckle hints, the U.S. West figured prominently in the 1980 presidential campaign. Although neither were born there, both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush became politicians of the West—Reagan in California, Bush in Texas.
Throughout his political career, Bush celebrated what he learned in Texas about himself and about his country. In his acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, he recalled the excitement of being part of the postwar boom in America: “The war was over, and we wanted to get out and make it on our own. Those were exciting days. We lived in a little shotgun house, one room for the three of us. Worked in the oil business and then started my own. . . . People don't see their own experience as symbolic of an era but, of course, we were. And so was everyone else who was taking a chance and pushing into unknown territory with kids and a dog and a car.” Today, we join the nation in reflecting on the life and legacy of President George H. W. Bush.


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Hanukkah Sameach!
Manfred Anson designed this patriotic menorah in 1986. Anson escaped Nazi Germany as a teenager and later reunited with family who had immigrated to the United States. To read the story of Anson’s journey and learn more about this incredible menorah, visit the link in our bio: http://bit.ly/libertymenorah
#hanukkah #chanukah #menorah #ImmigrationHistory #AmericanHistory


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Going into the weekend like 🕺🏿💃🏾 The Scurlock Studio captured these dancers mid-song at a USO dance at Washington, D.C.’s 12th Street YMCA in August 1949.
Philanthropic organizations like the YMCA and the USO organized volunteers and resources to provide services—from dances to disaster response—tailored to the communities they serve.
Have you benefitted from the work of a philanthropic organization? Share your story in comments!
#Giving #Philanthropy #AmericanHistory #BlackAndWhitePhotography #BlackAndWhite #Photography #AmericanGiving #WWII #1940s #MilitaryHistory #BlackHistory #DCHistory [🕺🏿💃🏾: Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center]


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During World War I, tens of thousands of American women volunteered to help those affected by war with private social service and religious organizations.
Lucy Kennedy wore this uniform while volunteering with the American Fund for French Wounded.
Organized in 1915 by American women living in France, the fund provided supplies to French military hospitals. Stateside volunteers raised funds and procured supplies to be sent abroad. Volunteers in France, including a team of women drivers, distributed them to hospitals.
To learn more about the experience of these volunteers, click the link in our bio. (https://s.si.edu/LucyShaffer)
#AmericanHistory #MilitaryHistory #WomensHistory #AmericanGiving #GivingTuesday #WW1 #WWI #FWW #StoriesOfService #philanthropy #Giving


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If we wore this (originally owned by Misty Copeland), we would look on pointe. #BalletPuns
When she’s not rocking tutus as the prima ballerina from the American Ballet Theatre, Copeland mentors aspiring ballerinas from underrepresented communities. With support from foundations and businesses, the American Ballet Theatre created Project Plié in an effort to diversify ballet companies.
#AmericanHistory #WomensHistory #philanthropy #AmericanGiving #GivingTuesday #DanceHistory #Ballet #BalletHistory #Giving


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On the road again, work day is over and we’re on the road again. Don’t you wish you had some custom swag for the road like Willie Nelson’s tour jacket?
The jacket is currently on display in our “Giving in America” exhibit about #philanthropy in America. Willie Nelson, along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985—a benefit concert to support family farmers. They were inspired by Live Aid, an international benefit concert for Ethiopian famine victims.
Have you been to a benefit concert or performance?
#AmericanHistory #EntertainmentHistory #Culture #MusicHistory #AgHistory #AgriculturalHistory #WillieNelson #AmericanGiving #GivingTuesday


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