History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:47:07 +0000Mary Beard on Pompeii's Showiest Familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mary-beard-on-pompeiis-showiest-family/The Valentes were a wealthy Pompeii family that used lavish, high-end parties to gain political clout. Classicist Mary Beard walks us through the remainsTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:47:07 +0000Seeing Is Believing: How Marie Tharp Changed Geology Forever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeing-believing-how-marie-tharp-changed-geology-forever-180960192/Marie Tharp's maps helped prove continental drift was real. But her work was initially dismissed as "girl talk"Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Surprise: Gladiators Were Vegetarianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/surprise-gladiators-were-vegetarians/A huge factor in a gladiator's physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydratesMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:42:50 +0000The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/definitive-story-national-museum-african-american-history-culture-came-be-180960125/From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-objects-collections-smithsonian-museum-180960126/These artifacts each tell a part of the African-American storyMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:03 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/father-modern-geology-youve-never-heard-180960203/James Hutton was a leading light of his time, but is rarely talked about todayMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:33:36 +0000Keeping the Blues Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/keeping-blues-alive-180960128/Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answerFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:24:54 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Differencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/New techniques for identifying the tools of sacrifice sharpen our understanding of the ritualWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:19 +0000Karl Marx, My Puppy ‘Max,’ Instagram and Mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/karl-marx-my-puppy-max-instagram-and-me-180960205/A historian tries hard to understand modern society and buys a #cutepuppyMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:23 +0000The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn't a Doctor at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-pretended-be-doctor-ran-worlds-fair-attraction-saved-lives-thousands-premature-babies-180960200/Martin Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachableFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:28:45 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-one-worlds-most-influential-philosophers-180960164/One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat forWed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:52 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/It’s a pretty scary story. It does involve clowns, after allTue, 16 Aug 2016 13:15:09 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000Sports History Forgot About Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes, Two Black Olympians Who Never Got Their Shothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sports-history-forgot-about-tidye-pickett-and-louise-stokes-two-black-olympians-who-never-got-their-shot-glory-180960138/Thanks to the one-two punch of racism and sexism, these two women were shut out of the hero’s treatment given to other athletesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:43:30 +0000John Muir's Transformative Climb Up Mt. Rainierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarksMon, 15 Aug 2016 14:43:13 +0000Synchronized Swimming Has a History That Dates Back to Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/synchronized-swimming-has-history-dates-back-ancient-rome-180960108/Before it reached the Olympics, the sport was a spectacle of the circus and vaudevilleFri, 12 Aug 2016 15:56:57 +0000The Solar Storm That Nearly Set the Cold War Ablazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-storm-nearly-set-cold-war-ablaze-180960106/How radio interference from a 1967 solar storm spooked the U.S. military—and launched space weather forecastingFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:39:30 +0000The Media Learned Nothing After Misreporting the Reagan Assassination Attempthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/media-learned-nothing-after-misreporting-reagan-assassination-attempt-180960091/As the shooter John Hinckley returns to life outside of imprisonment, it’s worth looking back at every thing the media got wrong that day Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:23:40 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +0000What You Don’t Know About Olympian Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-you-dont-know-about-olympian-tommie-smiths-silent-gesture-180960056/The simple act of civil disobedience, thrusting a black-gloved fist in the air, produced shock waves across the nationTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:08:54 +0000How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chuck-taylor-taught-america-how-play-basketball-180960050/A shoe-in for the first ever basketball game in the Olympics, Converse All Stars have a long history both in and out of sportMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/insane-ambitious-corrupt-plot-to-grow-los-angeles/In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estateMon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Double Eagle Investigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-double-eagle-investigation/Years after all double eagles were supposedly destroyed, the Secret Service traces the reappearance of two of the rare coins back to a deal with a jewelerFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:31:48 +0000A Radioactive Cold War Military Base Will Soon Emerge From Greenland’s Melting Ice http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrongFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:35:46 +0000What It’s Like to Light the Olympic Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/athlete-rafer-johnson-talks-about-what-its-light-olympic-cauldron-180959944/Today, retired Olympian Rafer Johnson carries a powerful legacy that honors the pride and spirit of the gamesThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:36:53 +0000The Ancient History of Cheating in the Olympicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/Punishment for cheating and bribery in the Olympics of Ancient Greece could include fines, public flogging and statewide bans from competitionWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:27:29 +0000The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/amazing-rise-of-parliaments-first-female-member/When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his placeWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:36:25 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000How the Abduction of Patty Hearst Made Her an Icon of the 1970s Counterculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-abduction-patty-hearst-made-her-icon-1970s-counterculture-180959971/A new book places a much-needed modern-day lens on the kidnapping that captivated the nationMon, 01 Aug 2016 15:08:49 +0000How the American Civil War Built Egypt’s Vaunted Cotton Industry and Changed the Country Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-american-civil-war-built-egypts-vaunted-cotton-industry-and-changed-country-forever-180959967/The battle between the U.S. and the Confederacy affected global trade in astonishing waysMon, 01 Aug 2016 12:27:16 +0000Learn to Be a Viking (Without the Pillaging) in Ribe, Denmarkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/learn-be-viking-ribe-denmark-180959707/Travel back in time in this Viking villageFri, 29 Jul 2016 18:10:04 +0000How Do Smithsonian Curators Decide What to Collect at the Political Conventions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-curators-decide-what-collect-political-conventions-180959937/For Smithsonian’s Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Jon Grinspan, it’s trying to guess what people of the future will want to know about 2016Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:55:34 +0000Sarah Winnemucca Devoted Her Life to Protecting Native Americans in the Face of an Expanding United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sarah-winnemucca-devoted-life-protecting-lives-native-americans-face-expanding-united-states-180959930/The 19th-century visionary often found herself stuck between two culturesWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:22:34 +0000The Only Time a Major Party Embraced a Third-Party Candidate for Presidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-and-only-time-major-party-embraced-third-party-candidate-180959923/Horace Greeley was the choice of the splinter grip named the Liberal Republican Party and that of the DemocratsTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:22:40 +0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/donald-harvey-most-prolific-serial-killer-america/Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker, called himself the "Angel of Death"Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:27:49 +0000The History of Women Presidents in Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-women-presidents-film-180959899/Why the science-fiction genre was the first to imagine a female commander-in-chiefMon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:43 +0000Does 'The Last Supper' Really Have a Hidden Meaning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/da-vinci-last-supper-hidden-meaning/Could the painting actually contain a message from Leonardo?Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:43 +0000How You Wound Up Playing <em>The Oregon Trail</em> in Computer Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-you-wound-playing-em-oregon-trailem-computer-class-180959851/From the 1970s to 1990s, the government-owned Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium dominated the educational software market with more than 300 gamesFri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:57 +0000The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Egohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-egyptian-pharaoh-with-the-biggest-ego/Though little is known about Khufu, the pharaoh who oversaw the Great Pyramid's construction, vicious rumors about him persist todayFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:36:27 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000How Did a Grizzly Bear Get on California's Flag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-did-a-grizzly-bear-get-on-californias-flag/As more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, a chain of events led to the Bear Flag RevoltThu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Check Out the Lunar Dust That Still Lingers On Neil Armstrong’s Gloves http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/neil-armstrongs-gloves-and-helmet-go-back-display-180959862/The historic artifacts come out of the cold, but only for a year.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:54:46 +0000How America's Public Parks Were Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-americas-public-parks-were-born/Learn how Central Park, the first of its kind, was given a completely visionary design that's since influenced cities around the countryWed, 20 Jul 2016 15:20:48 +0000What the Candidates (and Journalists) Can Learn From the 1948 Democratic Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-candidates-and-journalists-can-learn-1948-democratic-convention-180959831/The first time television was beamed into millions of homes meant that presidential politics would have to changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:34:05 +0000When the GOP Picked a Nominee for Vice President, Only to Be Rejectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-gop-picked-nominee-vice-president-only-be-rejected-180959790/Their unrequited choice seemed utterly uninterested in the roleMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:41 +0000Taste-Testing the History of the Hamburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-testing-history-hamburger-180959789/One intrepid reporter cooked three different versions of the burger to uncover just when, exactly, the sandwich was inventedFri, 15 Jul 2016 12:10:20 +0000How the Key to the Bastille Ended Up in George Washington’s Possession http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-key-bastille-ended-george-washingtons-possession-180959811/A gift from an old friend is one of Mount Vernon’s most fascinating objectsThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:06:26 +0000Few Artifacts of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Still Exist. These Iron Blocks Help Tell That Gut-Wrenching Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/few-artifacts-transatlantic-slave-trade-exist-iron-blocks-tell-gut-wrenching-story-180959803/A profound symbol of the horrific conditions aboard a slave ship is the ballast used as a counterweight for human cargoThu, 14 Jul 2016 15:56:48 +0000How Fetus Dissections in the Victorian Era Helped Shape Today’s Abortion Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fetus-dissections-victorian-era-helped-shape-todays-abortion-wars-180959782/Besides teaching us about disease and human development, they molded modern attitudes of the fetus as distinct entity from the motherTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:04:56 +0000Women Ruled the Floor When the GOP First Came to Clevelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-ruled-floor-when-gop-first-came-cleveland-180959760/The 1924 Convention was the first to feature female delegates, and they made their presence knownTue, 12 Jul 2016 13:22:16 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kareem-abdul-jabbar-his-love-history-youth-sports-which-books-everyone-should-read-and-more-180959753/The basketball legend has always had a writer's touchMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:15:54 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000The Colonial Settlement That Vanished Into Thin Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-colonial-settlement-that-vanished/An entire colony of English settlers disappeared from Roanoke Island, just outside North Carolina's Outer BanksFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:32:49 +0000The Heiress to a Gun Empire Built a Mansion Forever Haunted by the Blood Money That Built Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/heiress-gun-empire-built-mansion-forever-haunted-blood-money-built-it-180959712/Sarah Winchester inherited a fortune and used it to construct a mysterious mansion in northern CaliforniaThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:08:08 +0000Tracing Alaska's Russian Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-russian-heritage-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959449/From onion domes to tsarist-era Russian dialects, evidence of the Russian colonialism remainsThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:24 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000The Forgotten Jewish Pirates of Jamaicahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forgotten-jewish-pirates-jamaica-180959252/Today, some tour operators and cultural historians are calling attention to the country's little-known Jewish heritageThu, 07 Jul 2016 15:46:27 +0000Ways to Avoid Losing Oxygen in a Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ways-to-avoid-losing-oxygen-in-a-submarine/In 1940, German U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer's submarine was under siege for hours and his crew grew tremendously stressedThu, 07 Jul 2016 13:07:39 +0000Lady Bird Johnson Wielded Power With a Delicate Touchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lady-bird-johnson-wielded-power-delicate-touch-180959696/The First Lady was a trailblazer who flew under the radar as a quiet champion of Civil Rights and protecting the environmentWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:27:37 +0000It's Easy to Forget That Just Fifty Years Ago, Equality for Women Was a Strange Concepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/easy-to-forget-just-fifty-years-ago-equality-women-strange-concept-180959683/The 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women is at hand and it’s still personal—and politicalWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:14:36 +0000The Harvard Professor Who Shot a Financial Titan and Fomented Anti-German Sentiment in a Pre-WWI Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/harvard-professor-bombed-congress-shot-financial-titan-spurred-anti-german-sentiment-180959679/Readers on July 4, 1915 learned the story of a would-be assassin who said he was trying to keep the U.S. out of the European conflictSat, 02 Jul 2016 12:08:21 +0000