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This Day In History

Today in 1793: Eli Whitney applies for a patent for the cotton gin.

Preparing for the Oath

Could you correctly answer the 100 questions about United States history and civics on the naturalization test? Test your knowledge or study for the test on our new website, Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship.

From our Blog

Looking for a creative costume for your upcoming Halloween celebration? We have some quick ideas pulled straight from our collections, guaranteed to...
This ca. 1840-1850 Conestoga wagon, a freight hauler in Pennsylvania, represents the role of covered wagons in pushing the American frontier...
Editor’s note: As part of our free Classic Film Festival featuring four Civil War movies, you can see Gettysburg (1993) at the...

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The Museum collects artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve for the American people an enduring record of their past.