History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-years-flores-hobbit-human-evolution-fossil-puzzle-180953108/Why was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000The London Graveyard That’s Become a Memorial for the City’s Seedier Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-graveyard-s-become-memorial-citys-seedier-past-180953104/Thousands of bodies from London’s first red light district are buried beneath a lot in the South Bank, an area under massive redevelopmentTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:31:37 +0000Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/climate-wars-conflicts-collapses-spurred-climate-change-180952862/Earth's changing climate has been a spectre in centuries of civil conflict and, at times, the collapse of whole civilizationsMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:51:00 +0000Unearthing America’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wendell Phillips http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unearthing-americas-lawrence-arabia-wendell-phillips-180953059/Phillips uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-verrazano-narrows-bridge-50-years-after-its-construction-180953032/Built in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridgeThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coming-terms-one-americas-greatest-natural-disasters-180953044/Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000The Igorrote Tribe Traveled the World for Show And Made These Two Men Richhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/igorrote-tribe-traveled-world-these-men-took-all-money-180953012/Truman Hunt and Richard Schneidewind were locked in a fierce competition, but by the end, the tribespeople were left poor, hungry and yearning for homeTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:46:48 +0000The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/Was the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theoriesTue, 07 Oct 2014 12:21:33 +0000Peering into the Secret Diaries of American Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peering-secret-diaries-american-artists-180952879/A new Archives of American Art exhibition looks at how artists documented their lives before social mediaWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:15:39 +0000The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/world-what-it-today-because-these-six-innovations-180952871/In a new book, Steven Johnson describes the many technologies that glass, refrigeration and other fundamental inventions have made possibleTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-way-stewardship-mother-earth-indigeneity-180952855/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000Celebrating Pittsburgh, the City Behind Pro Football, Big Macs and the Polio Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-pittsburgh-city-behind-pro-football-big-macs-and-polio-vaccine-180952839/The Pennsylvanian city had more lives than a cat and thrives as a hub of innovationWed, 24 Sep 2014 21:05:43 +0000The Evolution of the Nurse Stereotype via Postcards: From Drunk to Saint to Sexpot to Modern Medical Professionalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/evolution-nurse-stereotype-postcards-drunk-saint-sexpot-modern-medical-professional-180952725/A postcard exhibit at the National Library of Medicine shows how the cultural perception of nurses has changed over the decadesWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:10:56 +0000A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/private-tour-cias-incredible-museum-180952738/Inside the agency's headquarters is a museum filled with relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploitsTue, 23 Sep 2014 20:33:23 +0000Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-was-robert-webster-slave-wearing-what-looks-confederate-uniform-180952781/This remarkable man risked his life to undermine the Confederacy yet remained close to his former owner after the Civil WarTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Rudolf Hess’ Tale of Poison, Paranoia and Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rudolf-hess-tale-poison-paranoia-and-tragedy-180952783/Why are packets of food that belong to the Nazi war criminal sitting in a Maryland basement?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Intense Rivalry Between Eliot Ness and J. Edgar Hooverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-intense-rivalry-between-eliot-ness-and-j-edgar-hoover-180952784/Newly released files shed fresh light on the difficult relationship shared by the “Untouchable” Prohibition Bureau agent and the powerful FBI directorTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-1784-america-it-was-impossible-make-map-without-infuriating-someone-180952700/Abel Buell’s map was the first in the country submitted for a copyrightTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-marco-polo-discover-america-180952765/Maps attributed to the 13th-century traveler sketch what looks like the coast of AlaskaTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Debate Over Net Neutrality Has Its Roots in the Fight Over Radio Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/debate-over-net-neutrality-has-its-roots-fight-over-radio-freedom-180952774/Today's epic battle has been fought before, when radio took to the air a century agoTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Remote Cold War Radar System Has New Use in a Warming Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remote-cold-war-radar-system-has-new-use-warming-world-180952777/The stations designed to ring an alarm against nuclear attack may have new responsibilities due to climate changeTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Real Story of the "Football" That Follows the President Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-story-football-follows-president-everywhere-180952779/Take a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since John F. KennedyTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <i>12 Years A Slave</i>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-ridley-oscar-winning-writer-em12-years-slaveem-talks-about-his-new-jimi-hendrix-biopic-180952808/The writer and director of <i>Jimi: All Is by My Side</i> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000The Pay Phone's Journey From Patent to Urban Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-and-last-pay-phone-180952727/The history of the device that is well on its way to becoming, well, historyThu, 18 Sep 2014 14:53:21 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-who-reclaimed-photography-nigerian-people-180952721/A new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/industrial-espionage-and-cutthroat-competition-fueled-rise-humble-harmonica-180952733/How a shrewd salesman revolutionized the instrument industryWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:10 +0000Ken Burns' New Series, Based on Newly Discovered Letters, Reveals a New Side of FDRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ken-burns-new-series-based-newly-discovered-letters-reveals-new-side-fdr-180952718/In "The Roosevelts", Burns examines the towering but flawed figures who really understood how character defined leadershipWed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:01 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/ The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-before-emojis-picassos-persion-caligraphy-bought-emotion-writing-180952693/The world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-would-550000-people-make-giant-v-streets-barcelona-today-180952673/Hundreds of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000See Rare Footage of FDR Speaking at the National Institute of Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-rare-footage-fdr-speaking-national-institute-health-180952664/Right before being elected to a third term, FDR spoke at NIH about preparedness for war and the need to research deadly diseasesWed, 10 Sep 2014 19:08:59 +0000The Legend of What Actually Lived in the "No Man's Land" Between World War I's Trencheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/legends-what-actually-lived-no-mans-land-between-world-war-i-trenches-180952513/Born of the horrors of trench warfare, a ghoulish tale of scavengers and scofflaws took hold 100 years agoMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:42:23 +0000Garry Winogrand’s Photographs Capture ‘America’s Busy, Teeming, Intricate Whirl’ After World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/garry-winogrands-photographs-capture-americas-busy-teeming-intricate-whirl-after-world-war-ii-180952628/An exhibition takes a look at the mix of optimism and unease that permeated the post-war nation’s populaceMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:24 +0000What the Scottish Independence Referendum Could Mean for Orkneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-scottish-independence-referendum-could-mean-orkney-180952619/Sovereignty over Orkney, home to the First Stonehenge, has been debated for more than 5,000 yearsFri, 05 Sep 2014 13:11:14 +0000Before Dr. Mutter, Surgery Was a Dangerous and Horrifically Painful Ordealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dr-mutter-surgery-was-dangerous-and-horrifically-painful-ordeal-180952580/The talented doctor changed the way the medical profession operatedThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:09:04 +0000See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-jewish-life-before-holocaust-newly-released-digital-archive-180952582/Roman Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective workTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000Warren Harding’s Love Letters Finally Give Us Something to Remember Him Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/warren-hardings-love-letters-finally-give-us-something-remember-him-180952528/Locked away for 50 years, the secret correspondence reveals a steamy relationship between the future president and his mistressFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:15:02 +0000Huge Wine Cellar Unearthed at a Biblical-Era Palace in Israelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/huge-wine-cellar-unearthed-biblical-era-palace-israel-180952495/Residue from jars at a Canaanite palace suggest the ruler preferred his red with hints of mint, honey and juniperWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Historic Return of the American Bisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-american-bison-180952488/A National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens SaturdayWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:47 +0000Designers Remake Our Oldest Tool Using Our Newest Toolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/designers-remake-our-oldest-tool-using-our-newest-tool-180952451/More than a million years old, the hand axe is over due for an updateWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:53:17 +0000Rethinking Rockwell in the Time of Fergusonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rethinking-rockwell-time-ferguson-180952485/An illustrator adapted Rockwell’s The Runaway based on images of contemporary policeTue, 26 Aug 2014 21:02:51 +0000The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kennewick-man-finally-freed-share-his-secrets-180952462/He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his storyMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000