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The third Monday in February remains a federal holiday celebrating George Washington's birthday. Despite efforts to establish a national holiday to honor all presidents, such was never enacted by Congress. Today, President's Day is a marketing and advertising campaign that borrowed Washington's Birthday and renamed it President's Day, but that's not all that happened to poor George's birthday celebration.
The Old Capitol (or “old brick Capitol“) was constructed in 1815 as a temporary meeting space for Congress after the British burned the U.S. Capitol in 1814. During the Civil War, the Old Capitol was repurposed as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war, spies, blockade runners, and Union army officials convicted of insubordination.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is proud to open a new, temporary exhibition of more than 40 objects and graphics celebrating black films, filmmakers, and actors.
As founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch is uniquely prepared to lead the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and multiple education units and centers.
The Naval Undersea Museum, opening as a preview center in 1991 and a fully operational museum in 1994, is one of the largest maritime museums on the West Coast and holds the country's most comprehensive collection of undersea-related artifacts and documents.
This special exhibition contains over 40 pieces and features illustrations from Bearden's only children’s book, Li’l Dan The Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story, about a young slave drummer who follows Union soldiers after the emancipation. The exhibition includes four never-before-seen pieces from the Lil’ Dan series. The exhibition will also include an interactive area for young visitors.
One of the oldest homes in Florida, the fanciful 35-acre Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in east Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 100th anniversary now through 2020. A part of Florida’s unique history with human activity on the site dating back to 2,000 B.C., the home was built in 1920 as the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family, and is a delightful blend of art, architecture, history and ecology.
1881 Napa, Napa Valley’s first wine history museum creates an homage to Napa Valley, with a tasting room, a museum exploring Napa’s rich wine history, an extensive collection of vintage European and American wine relics, plus artifacts from the Early California Wine Trade Archive. (Image: Alexander Rubin)
Wright was the quintessential celebrity of his time who loved to shake the rigid rules of society. He reveled in scandal and the shock value gleaned from walking into the local bank in formal dress barefoot, to his modern architecture which flew in the face of Victorian gingerbread and stoked public controversy.
The album contains 49 images including Harriet Tubman, Sen. Charles Sumner, woman’s activist and abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, organizer Samuel Ely, William Henry Channing, Col. C.W. Folsom, Charles Dickens and the only known photograph of John Willis Menard, the first African American man elected to the U.S. Congress.
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