Ruby Slippers Going Back on View (photos)

October 18, 2018

The pair owned by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, worn by actress Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” were donated to the museum anonymously in 1979.

What Were We Watching? Americans’ Responses to Nazism through Cinema, Radio, and Media

September 13, 2018

Stories about World War II and the persecution of Europe’s Jews were a constant presence in American movie theaters and living rooms throughout the 1930–40s. Award-winning films such as Mrs. […]

Georgetown Walking Tour: War of 1812

August 25, 2018

Join professional tour guide Dwane Starlin and view the parts of Georgetown involved in conflicts during the “Second Revolutionary War,” including Dumbarton House!

Dolley Day


As the British marched closer on August 24th, 1814, Dolley Madison fled her beloved White House, taking refuge with the Carroll’s at Dumbarton House. Enjoy special self-guided tours Friday, Saturday, […]

History Bites: Ice Cream

July 29, 2018

Escape the summer heat and enjoy a nice cold treat! Learn about ice cream, ice, cold dishes and how they kept things cold! Bring your sweet tooth and prepare for […]

7th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival

July 21, 2018

Join Archaeology in the Community (AITC) for the 7th Annual Day of Archaeology festival at Dumbarton House! The International Day of Archaeology aims to raise public awareness of the relevance […]

Naturalization Ceremony on Flag Day Features Feliciano (photos)

June 18, 2018

Grammy Award-winning musician José Feliciano donated his Concerto Candelas guitar, built for him in 1967, and several other personal items to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

First Person 2018 Series: Susan Darvas. Conversations with Holocaust Survivors

June 14, 2018

Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features […]

First Person 2018 Series: Marty Weiss. Conversations with Holocaust Survivors

June 13, 2018

Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features […]

First Person 2018 Series: Morris Rosen. Conversations with Holocaust Survivors

June 7, 2018

Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features […]