History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:08:24 +0000Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/children-used-learn-about-death-and-damnation-their-abcs-180964938/In 19th-century New England, the books that taught kids how to read had a Puritanical morbidity to themTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:08:24 +0000A Young Princess Elizabeth's First Radio Broadcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-young-princess-elizabeths-first-radio-bro/In 1940, Princess Elizabeth was tasked with an important job by prime minister Winston Churchill: to give a morale-boosting radio speech to her subjectsTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000There Never Was a Real Tulip Feverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/A new movie sets its doomed entrepreneurs amidst 17th-century “tulipmania”—but historians of the phenomenon have their own bubble to burstMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:50:29 +0000When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-idea-home-was-key-american-identity-180964892/From log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, how you lived determined where you belongedMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:28 +0000How This Prankster Crashed Prince William's 21st Birthdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-this-prankster-crashed-prince-williams/The Prince of Wales' 21st birthday party was held in the royal venue of Windsor Castle. Despite the security measures, an uninvited man was able to get inMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Turn-of-the-Century Kid's Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Footballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-childrens-books-told-young-boys-college-football-was-how-men-became-men-180964898/A founder of the NCAA, Walter Camp thought that sport was the cure for the social anxiety facing parents in America's upper classFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:44:58 +0000The Devastating Fire That Left Windsor Castle in Shambleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-devastating-fire-that-left-windsor-castl/Windsor Castle, the scene of a disastrous fire in 1992, was badly in need of restoration. One problem: The bill was likely to be in the millionsFri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000At an Army Base in Kansas, There's a Secret Collection of Incredible Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/army-base-kansas-secret-collection-priceless-artifacts-180964882/Are these priceless artifacts or worthless trinkets? No one knows for sure, but a local art gallery is pitching in to find outThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:06:45 +0000What Does the Gender Reveal Fad Say About Modern Pregnancy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-does-gender-reveal-fad-say-about-modern-pregnancy-180964891/A new ritual speaks to anxieties surrounding the medicalization of childbearingThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 +0000How Agriculture Came to Be a Political Weapon—And What That Means for Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-agriculture-came-be-political-weaponand-what-means-farmers-180964849/In his new book, Ted Genoways follows a family farm and the ways they’re impacted by geopoliticsThu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:40 +0000Did Nazis Hide Loot Beneath This Giant Polish Castle?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-nazis-hide-loot-beneath-this-giant-polis/Ksiaz Castle in southern Poland sits atop a remarkable complex of underground tunnels built by the Nazis in 1944Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misguided-focus-1619-beginning-slavery-us-damages-our-understanding-american-history-180964873/The year the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown is drilled into students’ memories, but overemphasizing this date distorts historyWed, 13 Sep 2017 13:37:19 +0000The Daring Stunt That Put Bungee Jumping on the Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-daring-stunt-that-put-bungee-jumping-on/In 1987, two adventurers from New Zealand made a daring--and illegal--televised bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Five Architects on the One Building They Wish Had Been Preservedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-americas-lost-buildings-180964780/From an elegant solution to urban density to a magnificent financial hubTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:30 +0000Here's How You Can Fly One of Peter Jackson's WWI Planeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/heres-how-you-can-fly-one-of-peter-jackson/Director Peter Jackson has a fantastic collection of 70 WWI planes. But host Phil Keoghan isn't just interested in seeing them--he wants to fly oneTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/Tearing down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim CrowTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Jane Austen £10 Note Extends the "Ladylike" History of British Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/jane-austen-10-note-extends-ladylike-history-british-money-180964842/The beloved novelist is the latest icon in the Bank of England's long—and fraught—tradition of gendering financeMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:37:40 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/replica-tlingit-killer-whale-hat-spurring-dialogue-about-digitization-180964483/Collaboration between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Deadly 1991 Hamlet Fire Exposed the High Cost of “Cheap”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-1991-hamlet-fire-exposed-high-cost-cheap-180964816/A new book argues that more than emergency unpreparedness and locked doors led to the deaths of 25 workers in the chicken factory blazeFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How NYC Women Stayed Safe from the Son of Sam Killerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-nyc-women-stayed-safe-from-the-son-of-sa/In 1977, one reporter took to the streets to ask them about the steps they’d taken to protect themselvesFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Titan Who Founded L'Oréal Prospered Under the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/titan-who-founded-loreal-built-his-brand-shoulders-nazis-180964805/How the head of the world’s top cosmetic firm fell in with the Nazi-sympathizers of German-occupied France and emerged from the war as successful as everThu, 07 Sep 2017 19:11:21 +0000An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Funeral Fit for a Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/exclusive-behind-scenes-look-funeral-fit-king-180964799/For the first time in more than 70 years, Thailand is saying farewell to its monarchThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:28:36 +0000The Wild West of Knott's Berry Farm Is More Fantasy Than Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wild-west-knotts-berry-farm-is-more-fantasy-than-reality-180964798/A critic of government welfare, the theme park's Walter Knott built the first “Old West” town as a shrine to rugged individualismThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:15:41 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syruphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unlikely-medical-history-chocolate-syrup-180964779/How the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000The View From Pyongyang: An Exclusive Look at the World's Most Secretive Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/view-pyongyang-look-worlds-most-secretive-nation-180964749/One photographer journeyed into North Korea to catch a unique glimpse of a country under a dictatorshipWed, 06 Sep 2017 14:20:07 +0000The Moment Lincoln Realized the Military Power of Railroadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-moment-lincoln-realized-the-military-pow/Following victory for the South in the battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln reached an inescapable conclusionWed, 06 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks About Holding Onto Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youngest-little-rock-nine-speaks-about-holding-onto-history-180964732/Carlotta Walls LeNier, whose school dress is in Smithsonian, says much was accomplished and now we need to hold onto itTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:41:25 +0000How JFK's Clever TV Strategies Helped Him Win the Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-jfks-clever-tv-strategies-helped-him-wi/Seventy million people tuned in to watch America's first televised presidential debate in 1960. They were met with a well-prepared, well-dressed JFKMon, 04 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imaginationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forty-years-later-voyager-spacecraft-remain-beacons-human-imagination-180964722/Remembering the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000Ruth Odom Bonner, Who Rang the Freedom Bell With President Obama, Passes Away at 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-odom-bonner-who-rang-freedom-bell-president-obama-passes-away-100-180964714/Looking back on the redoubtable woman who helped inaugurate the African American History MuseumFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:55:00 +0000Striking Union Workers Turned the First Labor Day into a Networking Event http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/striking-union-workers-turned-first-labor-day-networking-event-180964705/The end-of-summer holiday was designed to spur overworked Americans to meet up, picnic and call for fairer labor lawsFri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Eleanor Roosevelt's Surprising Connection to a Dire Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/eleanor-roosevelts-surprising-connection-to/When first lady Eleanor Roosevelt first visited the mining town of Scotts Run, she was stunned by the poverty she encounteredFri, 01 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archiveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/As long as there have been books, people have burned them—but over the years, the motivation has changedThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:05:33 +0000The Mystique of the American Diner, From Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mystique-american-diner-jack-kerouac-twin-peaks-180964680/Freedom, fear and friendliness mingle in these emblematic eateriesThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:13:04 +0000This Minor Parking Violation Revealed the Son of Sam Killerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-minor-parking-violation-revealed-the-so/The tip that led to the arrest of the Son of Sam killer came in unusual circumstances: a Brooklyn woman saw him near his car, which was parked illegallyThu, 31 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Desegregation Came Early at the Texas Prison Rodeo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/desegregation-came-early-texas-prison-rodeo-180964672/Before Brown vs. Board of Education, the “convict cowboys” of the Texas prison system showed off their bucking bronco skillsWed, 30 Aug 2017 16:17:02 +0000The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond—And Why the British Won’t Give It Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-koh-i-noor-diamondand-why-british-wont-give-it-back-180964660/A star of London’s Crown Jewels, the Indian gem has a bloody history of colonial conquestWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Man Is the Father of Modern American Suburbiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-man-is-the-father-of-modern-american-su/By 1951, two thirds of Americans lived in urban areas. Enter William Levitt, who would utilize construction techniques he learned to build affordable homesWed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Presidential Pardon Pitted Alexander Hamilton Against George Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-presidential-pardon-pitted-hamilton-against-george-washington-180964659/How to handle the Whiskey Rebellion was the first major crisis faced by the new governmentTue, 29 Aug 2017 18:26:53 +0000This Man Betrayed Nazis by Stealing Looted Jewish Valuableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-man-betrayed-nazis-by-stealing-looted-jewish/In April 1944, the Nazis began to systematically terrorize the Jews living in Hungary. Shortly afterwards, they forced them to hand over their valuablesTue, 29 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Eitherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-moonwalk-did-not-destroy-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-now-time-wont-either-180964598/Conservators are bringing new innovations to save the 80-pound suit that allowed the first astronaut on the moon to take that giant leapMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-five-witness-trees-were-present-at-key-moments-in-americas-history-180963925/These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country's tragic pastFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:54:47 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/civil-rights-icon-dolores-huerta-offers-advise-new-generation-activists-180964630/A new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000How 9/11 Altered Laura Bush's Role as First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-911-altered-laura-bushs-role-as-first-_1/Six days after 9/11, first lady Laura Bush spoke at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial for the victims of Flight 93Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why African-American Soldiers Saw World War II as a Two-Front Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-african-american-soldiers-saw-world-war-ii-two-front-battle-180964616/Drawing the connection between fascism abroad and hate at home, pre-Civil Rights activists declared the necessity of “double victory”Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:38:32 +0000What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/benjamin-franklin-estranged-wife-nearly-two-decades-180964400/A stunning new theory suggests that a debate over the failed treatment of their son's smallpox was the culpritThu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the New York Stock Exchange Gave Abbie Hoffman His Start in Guerrilla Theaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-stock-exchange-gave-abbie-hoffman-his-start-guerrilla-theater-180964612/Fifty years ago, the anarchist protester sent traders sprawling for dollar bills—and became a media sensationThu, 24 Aug 2017 13:15:26 +0000Why Hillary Clinton Delivered Her Risky 1995 Beijing Speechhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-hillary-clinton-delivered-her-risky-1995/In 1995, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in BeijingThu, 24 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-scientist-takes-on-mystery-why-civil-war-submarine-sank-180964587/A Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrumWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:21:54 +0000Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton on This Tiny Caribbean Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alexander-hamilton-nevis-caribbean-island-180964047/The island of Nevis was no paradise for young HamiltonWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:08:43 +0000After the Civil War, African-American Veterans Created a Home of Their Own: Unionvillehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-african-american-veterans-town-own-unionville-180964398/One-hundred-fifty years later, the Maryland town remains a bastion of resilience and a front line in the battle over Confederate monumentsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Will Statues of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved People Come Down Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-statues-doctor-who-experimented-enslaved-people-come-down-next-180964600/The discussion over the memorialization of James Marion Sims offers the opportunity to remember his victimsWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:20:56 +0000Here's What Happens When the Queen Throws a Giant Banquethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/heres-what-happens-when-the-queen-throws-a/As Britain emerged victorious from the Falklands War, it turned its attention to repairing relations with one of its most important allies: the U.S.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Dive With WWII Wrecks in the Solomon Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/wwii-history-solomon-islands-180964330/75 years after the Battle of Guadalcanal, walk in the footsteps of historyTue, 22 Aug 2017 21:33:02 +0000A Dentist Weighs in On What Really Doomed the Franklin Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dentist-weighs-in-what-really-doomed-the-franklin-expedition-180964594/Addison’s disease may have blackened the explorers' gums and hastened their demise, proposes a history-obsessed dentistry professorTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:54:32 +0000Without Chick Parsons, General MacArthur May Never Have Made His Famed Return to the Philippineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/without-chick-parsons-General-MacArthur-Never-Made-Return-Philippines-180964406/The full story of the American ex-pat's daring feats has not been told—until now Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:29:18 +0000The Homefront During the Vietnam War, As Told By One Captivating Photohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/homefront-during-vietnam-told-by-one-photo-180964407/In an indelible picture taken 50 years ago, one family faces a loss in VietnamTue, 22 Aug 2017 16:48:46 +0000Flappers Took the Country by Storm, But Did They Ever Truly Go Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/flappers-took-country-storm-ever-go-away-180964412/Women of the Roaring Twenties had a lot in common with today's millennialsTue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:07 +0000What Will Happen to Stone Mountain, America’s Largest Confederate Memorial?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-will-happen-stone-mountain-americas-largest-confederate-memorial-180964588/The Georgia landmark is a testament to the enduring legacy of white supremacyTue, 22 Aug 2017 15:39:19 +0000Go Behind the Glass of Churchill’s Underground War Roomshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behind-glass-churchills-underground-war-rooms-180964586/Exploring the secrets of the storied bunker—from its well-worn maps to a leader under extreme duressTue, 22 Aug 2017 14:51:32 +0000The Fused History of Two of Washington, D.C.'s Beloved Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fused-history-two-dc-beloved-museums-180964573/A new exhibition sheds light on the enduring legacy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait GalleryTue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:07 +0000There's More to Classic Tiki Than Just Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-more-to-classic-tiki-than-just-kitsch-180964473/Bartender Martin Cate reveals eight fun facts about the past, present and future of tiki cultureMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's African American History Museum Releases Statement on Charlottesville and Confederate Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/director-smithsonians-african-american-history-museum-releases-statement-charlottesville--180964576/The events, says director Lonnie Bunch, are part of a 'long legacy of violence intended to intimidate and marginalize African Americans and Jews'Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:56:52 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsbackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-later-remembering-sci-fi-pioneer-hugo-gernsback-180964554/Looking Back on a Man Who Was Always Looking ForwardFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Flying to the North Pole in an Airship Was Easy. Returning Wouldn’t Be So Easyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/flying-north-pole-airship-was-easy-returning-wouldnt-be-so-easy-180964560/It would take an international icon to toss aside a bitter rivalry to help a crew in needFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:02:17 +0000Why Queen Victoria Was an Early Adopter of Photographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-queen-victoria-was-an-early-adopter-of-p/In the 1840s, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set up elaborate white winter interiors and decorated trees to celebrate Christmas at Windsor CastleFri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Newly Uncovered Documents Address the Mystery of One Slave’s Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-uncovered-documents-address-mystery-one-slaves-life-180964218/New details surrounding the identity of the enslaved man who once lived in the storied Ipswich house at the American History MuseumFri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pernicious-myth-loyal-slave-lives-confederate-memorials-180964546/Statues don’t need to venerate military leaders of the Civil War to promulgate false narrativesThu, 17 Aug 2017 17:12:24 +0000The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprisingly-important-role-china-played-world-war-i-180964532/In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China's futureThu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0000Seen the Hope Diamond? Check Out These Treasures from the Baseball Diamondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seen-hope-diamond-check-out-these-treasures-baseball-diamond-180964530/Smithsonian acquires priceless emblems of America's national pastimeThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Wealthy Activist Who Helped Turn “Bleeding Kansas” Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wealthy-activist-who-helped-turn-bleeding-kansas-free-180964494/Newly minted abolitionist Amos Adams Lawrence funneled much of his fortune into a battle he thought America couldn’t afford to loseWed, 16 Aug 2017 13:41:47 +0000A Brief, 500-Year History of Guamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/The Chamorro people of this Pacific island have long been buffeted by the crosswinds of foreign nationsTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:38:23 +0000The "Quaker Comet" Was the Greatest Abolitionist You've Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/quaker-comet-greatest-abolitionist-never-heard-180964401/Overlooked by historians, Benjamin Lay was one of the nation's first radicals to argue for an end to slaveryTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:37 +0000Why Eleanor Roosevelt Visited Active War Zones During WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-eleanor-roosevelt-visited-active-war-zon/Eleanor Roosevelt's war time travels to support U.S. soldiers were considerable: in the Pacific theater, she would meet with 400,000 troopsTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fuzzy-history-georgia-peach-180964490/Once a feral resource for planters, the stone fruit got a marketing makeover in the late 19th century—and a boost from the segregated labor marketMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:29:44 +0000A Brief History of Traveling With Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/traveling-cats-brief-history-180963433/Fierce felines of history sailed the world, survived Europe's crusade against them and made it all the way to MemedomMon, 14 Aug 2017 14:34:05 +0000The Devastating 1926 Hurricane that Halted the Growth of Miamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-devastating-1926-hurricane-that-halted-t/In 1926, the Miami economy was soaring, fueled by wealthy northerners attracted to the tropical climate and beachesMon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Surprising Origins of Kotex Padshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/surprising-origins-kotex-pads-180964466/Before the first disposable sanitary napkin hit the mass market, periods were thought of in a much different wayFri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Newly Excavated Underground Tunnel Reveals How 83 German Officers Escaped a World War II Prison Camphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/newly-excavated-underground-tunnel-reveals-german-officers-escaped-ww2-prison-camp-180964471/The POWs burrowed to freedom from a Welsh encampment in 1945Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:38:42 +0000Bomb Threats Didn't Stop Lady Bird's Fight for Civil Rightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/bomb-threats-didnt-stop-lady-birds-fight-f/Lady Bird Johnson was a committed supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, in word and deed, touring the country to speak against racismFri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Deadly Grizzly Bear Attacks That Changed the National Park Service Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-grizzly-bear-attacks-changed-national-park-service-forever-180964462/Visitors to Glacier National Park had long conditioned the predators to seek food from humans, making the maulings somewhat inevitableThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:50 +0000Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of 1940s Nazi Sympathizershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/charles-lindbergh-and-the-rise-of-1940s-nazi_1/Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot, but he had another, more sinister position in American History: as a Nazi sympathizerThu, 10 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/A former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Hollywood Loved Sammy Davis Jr Until He Dated a White Movie Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hollywood-loved-sammy-davis-jr-until-he-dated-white-movie-star-180964395/A decade before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of interracial marriage, the Rat Packer risked losing his career—and his lifeWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:09:36 +0000How Betty Ford's Surprising Progressivism Inspired Millionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-betty-fords-surprising-progressivism-in/Despite being thrust into the role of first lady with no warning, Betty Ford will be remembered as one of the most independent first ladies we've ever hadWed, 09 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New Memorial Will Soon Honor the Heroism of Native American Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-memorial-will-soon-honor-heroism-native-american-veterans-180964391/For design ideas and funding, the National Museum of the American Indian turns to its communityWed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Mysterious Stone Structure Is Older Than Stonehengehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-mysterious-stone-structure-is-older-tha/Until recently, Britain's Stonehenge was thought to be the world's oldest set of stone monumentsTue, 08 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Speech That Brought India to the Brink of Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/speech-brought-india-brink-independence-180964366/Although the 1942 'Quit India' movement was hardly peaceful, Gandhi's 'Do or Die' address inspired a nation to unify against its British colonizersTue, 08 Aug 2017 10:00:30 +0000Japan's Surrender in WWII Ushered in a New World Orderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/japans-surrender-in-world-war-ii-ushered-in/On September 2, 1945, Japan delivered its unconditional surrender in WWII. Twelve million American troops went home as civiliansFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Eclipse Chasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brief-history-eclipse-chasers-180964063/They also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000The Crucial Role the British Railway Played During WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-crucial-role-the-british-railway-played-during/As the Luftwaffe began to target London with increasing regularity, the railway network became the saving grace of the nationThu, 03 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Did a Nazi Submarine Attack a Chemical Plant in North Carolina?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-nazi-submarine-attack-chemical-plant-north-carolina-180964292/Multiple eyewitnesses say that one night in 1943, their calm, quiet beach briefly became a war zoneWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:24:17 +0000A Brief History of 10 Essential Presidential Pardonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-10-essential-presidential-pardons-arent-watergate-related-180964286/The power bestowed upon the chief executive to excuse past misdeeds has involved a number of famous AmericansWed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-colorized-historical-footage-is-painstak/Composite Films conducted 5,800 hours of research and poured over 27 miles of film to create our series America in ColorWed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Food Historian Reckons With the Black Roots of Southern Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/food-historian-reckons-black-roots-southern-food-180964285/In his new book, Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisineTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:34 +0000The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain's Swans http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fascinating-history-british-thrones-swans-180964249/The aristocratic bird's has a legacy as a luxury status symbol that dates back centuriesMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:47:53 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in Octoberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-exclusive-sneak-peek-inside-renovated-freer-gallery-reopening-october-180964222/Charles Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why North Korea Needs an Enemy Like America to Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-north-korea-needs-enemy-america-survive-180964168/The nation’s complicated history hinges on three words that explain the totalitarian regime's behavior Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:17:48 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-narwhals-majestic-tusk-have-point-180964245/A Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000The Secret Ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Is Seventh-Day Adventismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-ingredient-kelloggs-corn-flakes-seventh-day-adventism-180964247/America’s favorite processed breakfast was once the pinnacle of healthfulness—and spiritual purityFri, 28 Jul 2017 13:46:46 +0000A Train Company Crashed Two Trains. You Will Believe What Happened Nexthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/train-company-crashed-two-trains-you-will-believe-what-happened-next-180964237/When a Texas railway agent came up with a new marketing scheme, he had no idea how explosive it would beFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:26:11 +0000The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-detroits-1967-upheaval-50-years-later-180964212/For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers alikeWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:53 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-anatomist-who-brought-dead-bodies-light-180964165/Anna Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/what-kind-of-footage-do-historical-colorists/According to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-hospitals-started-displaying-newborn-babies-through-windows-180964186/How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of Searshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-and-fall-sears-180964181/How the retail store that taught America how to shop navigated more than a century of economic and cultural changeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Presidential Wife to Be Called the First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-first-presidential-wife-to-be-called-the/Dolley Madison, the First Lady of president James Madison was a Jackie Kennedy of her timeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Dogfighting Scenes in “Dunkirk” Are Exhilaratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/dogfighting-over-dunkirk-180964136/Christopher Nolan’s new World War II epic contains some of the most thrilling aerial engagements ever staged.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:50 +0000Why It Matters That Hungary's Prime Minister Denounced His Country’s Role in the Holocausthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/holocaust-and-hungary-prime-minister-180964139/Is this tonal shift for real -- or will the European nation continue to obfuscate its history?Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:05:23 +0000