Many Chinese men travelled to the United States and became gold miners following the discovery of gold in California in 1849. Woks such as this one were made in China, but brought to California in the 1800s and used by Chinese immigrants. As the mass influx of travelers arrived from a variety of
After a young lady learned to embroider a sampler, she might attend a female academy to make a silk embroidered picture. This was a more challenging technique that became popular in the early 1800s. Subjects included classical, biblical, and historical scenes, as well as mourning pictures.
This 1960s organizing pamphlet from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) asks, “Where is Democracy?” Behind this question was a demand for equal representation for all who have felt excluded or marginalized by the electoral process and political institutions.
Originally a bakery or milk delivery wagon, tradition says that Lucy Stone used it at speaking engagements and to distribute the Woman's Journal. Around 1912 suffragists found the wagon in a barn on Stone's property. They painted it with slogans and continued to use it to sell the Woman's Journal
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.
By the summer of 1776 members of the Second Continental Congress prepared to declare thei
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently acquired at auction a rare 18th-century silver milk pot or creamer with engraved with symbols and an inscription that support the American colonists’ ongoing boycott of imported goods, especially tea, during the months following a
Shave Head uses a two-level drawing shows a buffalo hunt with four wounded animals, and a separate hunt and the wounding of an elk. The Cheyenne warriors wear full headdress and four of the five also wear their mountain lion bow and quiver, symbolically powerful pieces of hunting gear.
This Sony "Walkman" portable tape player dates from the early 1980s. Originally introduced in 1979 as the “Soundabout,” two people could listen simultaneously while a small microphone permitted them to converse without removing their headsets. Powered by a 9-volt battery, the recorder sold we
This cotton miner’s cap has a leather brim with a leather lamp bracket holding a carbide lamp. A small union pin that reads “United Mine Works of America 2 1934, Working Button” is attached to the side of the cap. Before head protection became mandatory in industrial workplaces, miner’s c
A picture book about the life of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was dedicated to making hospitals clean and efficient. Through her life's work, she helped to make nursing an important and respected profession.
A traveling book about an adventurous young woman, Alice Ramsay, who drives across the country in 1909. Despite facing natural and manmade obstacles - including poor roads and a lack of traffic signs - Alice's westward voyage ends triumphantly in San Francisco, making this a charming tale of a gi
Explores five Puerto Rican festivals: The Calle San Sebastian Festival, the fiesta for Santiago Apostol, the celebrations during the Las Navidades, the patriotic festivals of Grito de Lares, and Puerto Rican Day in the United States.