Dec
31

‘A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896’

“A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896”—National Museum of American History, through April 8, 2011 Showcasing the diary of William Steinway, the first president of famed piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons and a key figure in the cultural, economic and physical development of New York City. The complete diary is available… Continue reading ‘A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861–1896’

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Dec
22

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Montgomery Ward Department Store “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Book, National Museum of American History Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when the Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to create a Christmas story the store could give away to shoppers as a promotional gimmick. The retailer… Continue reading Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Dec
19

December 19, 1993

“Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South” opens at the Anacostia Museum and will run through March 1994. The exhibition explores the lifestyles of enslaved and free African Americans, their regional work patterns, struggles and triumphs.

Dec
19

December 18, 1987

The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibitions, “Then and Now: American Portraits from the Past Century,” opens in Hong Kong, marking the beginning of the gallery’s first overseas tour of a major exhibition.

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