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150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth 150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth

The National Portrait Gallery marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of four alcove exhibitions -- one each year -- commemorating this period of American history. The first of these exhibitions recounts the death of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a friend of President Lincoln, in Alexandria, Virginia.

1812: A Nation Emerges 1812: A Nation Emerges

Learn about key people who influenced the outcome of the War of 1812, which transformed and unified the United States.

1846: Portrait of the Nation 1846: Portrait of the Nation

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian, this exhibition looks back at the America of 1846.

A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery

View 66 portraits that reflect the range of the National Portrait Gallery's collection, from Joseph Siffred Duplessis' 1785 classic depiction of Benjamin Franklin to Andy Warhol's 1984 pop portrait of singer Michael Jackson.

A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico

Carnival masks and costumes, musical instruments, colonial art, and jewelry from Teodoro Vidal's collection explore Puerto Rican history and culture during the past 500 years.

A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist

On view are some 30 daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, including the earliest known image of abolitionist John Brown.

A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861-1896 A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861-1896

Steinway's diary -- with the first entry beginning just eight days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired -- spans 36 years of one of the most dynamic periods in American history.

A Letter from George Washington, November 30, 1785 A Letter from George Washington, November 30, 1785

On view is the letter George Washington wrote on November 30, 1785, to David Stuart, a trusted associate and stepfather to Washington's grandchildren.

A Measure of Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets A Measure of Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets

See a collection of modern baskets that reveal the central role basketry has played in the everyday life of Americans.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution

The experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII; decision-making and citizen action under the U.S. Constitution.

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection

This exhibition features 66 objects produced in the 1980s and 1990s from the Charles and Fleur Bresler Collection to highlight contemporary wood turning's growing sophistication.

A Song for the Horse Nation A Song for the Horse Nation

The story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present is depicted.

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law, 1964-1971 A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law, 1964-1971

On view are more than 60 of Lisa Law's photographs documenting the sweeping personal and cultural changes of the 1960s.

A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic

Learn about the achievements of women in the late 18th century and see portraits of eight prominent American women of the period.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Explore the life and legacy of our 16th president through objects from the museum's collection.

Airmail in America

This exhibition examines the critical role the postal system played in the creation of America's commercial aviation industry.

All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak

Explore the rich tradition of African American storytelling through videotaped interviews with professional writers telling compelling stories drawn from their own experiences and revealing how the world in which they live impacts their writing.

Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately

This exhibition presents an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

America by Air America by Air

This exhibition traces the history of commercial air transportation in the U.S. from 1914 to today and discusses how technological innovations have revolutionized air travel .

America on the Move America on the Move

This exhibition examines how transportation -- from 1876 to 1999 -- has shaped our American identity.


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