History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 04 May 2016 15:41:59 +0000Was King Tut's Tomb Built for a Woman?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/was-king-tuts-tomb-built-for-a-woman/An archeologist notes that King Tut's chamber was designed and decorated differently from other Egyptian pharaohsWed, 04 May 2016 15:41:59 +0000How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-redesign-us-money-shows-power-protest-180958982/A Smithsonian curator notes how a heavy dose of social activism prompted the U.S. Treasury to honor historic social and political movementsWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France's Finest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/that-revolutionary-May-day-1976-when-california-wines-bested-france-finest-180958971/Forty years ago, a Copernican moment took place in viniculture when the world realized the sun didn’t always revolve around French winesTue, 03 May 2016 19:21:23 +0000Which of These Summertime Athletes Should Be Displayed on the Walls of the National Portrait Gallery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/which-these-summertime-athletes-should-be-displayed-walls-national-portrait-gallery-180958972/Vote now for your pick!Tue, 03 May 2016 16:27:13 +0000How to Unroll a Dead Sea Scroll Without Destroying Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-unroll-a-dead-sea-scroll-without-destroying/In 1952, a remarkable copper scroll was uncovered by archaeologists near the Dead Sea. It would take four years for scientists to agree on a way to open itMon, 02 May 2016 14:47:11 +0000A Brief History of the Nickelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-nickel-180958941/In honor of the coin’s 150th anniversary, read up on how the nickel came to be mintedThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:09:34 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-daredevils-made-yales-peabody-museum-national-treasure-180958905/When an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-babe-ruth-was-the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-20s/Babe Ruth captured the times, lived large and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievementWed, 27 Apr 2016 20:14:53 +0000The Original Country Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-original-country-music/Country music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:28 +0000The Priceless Impact Harriet Tubman Will Have as the Face of the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/priceless-impact-harriet-tubman-will-have-face-20-bill-180958886/Curator Nancy Bercaw from the African American History Museum discusses the freedom fighter's ongoing legacyMon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:23 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nikola-tesla-museum-belgrade-inventor-electricity-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958881/An offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-shirley-chisholm-ran-for-president-few-would-say-im-with-her-180958699/The congresswoman tried to win the White House by consolidating the black vote and the women's vote, but she ran into trouble Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:07:10 +0000Is Bratislava's Communist-Era Architecture Worth Preserving? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/bratislava-slovakia-architecture-cold-war-communism-cultural-preservation-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958880/For residents of Slovakia's capital, Cold War structures recall a painful past Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:48:28 +0000A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/member-little-rock-nine-discusses-her-struggle-attend-central-high-180958870/At 15, Minnijean Brown faced down the Arkansas National Guard, Now Her Story and Personal Items are Archived at the SmithsonianFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:04:52 +0000Celebrating 500 Years of German’s Beer Purity Law http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/celebrating-500-years-germans-beer-purity-law-180958878/Germany's treasured—and controversial—rule has a fascinating past and an uncertain futureFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:23:19 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/oral-history-star-trek-180958779/The trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/psychedelic-concert-poster-rocked-world-180958780/C'mon baby light my flierWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Who Really Wrote "Citizen Kane"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-really-wrote-citizen-kane-180958782/Two new books offer divergent theories on the authorship of the much-heralded filmWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/benedict-arnold-turned-traitor-american-revolution-180958786/The story behind the most famous betrayal in U.S. history shows the complicated politics of the nation's earliest daysWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-newspapers-reveal-always-been-like-buzzfeed-180958789/From user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Before Reefer Madness, High Times and 4/20, There Was the Marijuana Revenue Stamp http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reefer-madness-high-times-and-420-there-was-marijuana-revenue-stamp-180958823/Originally designed in the 1930s to restrict access to the drug, these stamps draw a curious crowd to the Postal MuseumWed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/varna-bulgaria-gold-graves-social-hierarchy-prehistoric-archaelogy-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958733/Treasure found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's declineMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:05:26 +0000How the Danube Became a Multinational Power Sourcehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shape-shifting-danube-river-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958732/Spanning 1,770 miles from Germany's Black Forest to the coast of Romania, the river takes its character from the people and places it passesMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-daisy-ad-changed-everything-about-political-advertising-180958741/Since the famous television spot ran in 1964, advertising agencies have sold presidential candidates as if they were cars or soapWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:11:36 +0000What Can the Collapse of the Whig Party Tell Us About Today’s Politics?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-can-collapse-whig-party-tell-us-about-todays-politics-180958729/Is the Republican party on the verge of catastrophe? Probably not, if history is any indicatorTue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:51 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhinohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/teddy-roosevelts-epic-strangely-altruistic-hunt-white-rhino-180958626/In a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vintage-photos-early-days-hip-hop-billion-dollar-industry-180958616/More than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s detail the "standout moments" of the rise of Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z and many more artistsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:55 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-lecture-accidentally-sparked-global-craze-yogurt-180958700/More than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-british-wanted-camouflage-their-warships-they-made-them-dazzle-180958657/In order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000Remembering Dr. Joe Medicine Crowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-dr-joe-medicine-crow-180958676/ He showed us we are capable of great things when we look within ourselves, says scholar Nina Sanders Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:51 +0000A Show of Over 6,000 Orchids Celebrates a Victorian-Era Obsessionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/orchids-new-york-botanical-garden-orchidelirium-180958603/Succumb to "Orchidelirium" at The New York Botanical GardenWed, 06 Apr 2016 11:30:00 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-guide-india-resources-know-before-you-go-180958122/Know before you goTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:49:14 +0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-sword-george-custer-battle/Here's how one of Custer's rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collectorTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:42:58 +0000Inside America’s Auschwitzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-americas-auschwitz-180958647/A new museum offers a rebuke — and an antidote — to our sanitized history of slaveryMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:58:10 +0000The Incredible History of Sunken Ships in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-incredible-history-of-sunken-ships-in-SF/In 1850, hundreds of migrant ships arrived in San Francisco, fueled by gold rush. But many of these ships weren't needed after that and were simply sunkThu, 31 Mar 2016 17:43:25 +0000Andrew Jackson, America’s Original Anti-Establishment Candidatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-americas-original-anti-establishment-candidate-180958621/The seventh president raged against many of the same machines that are now engulfing this year’s electionThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:29:26 +0000“Driving While Black” Has Been Around As Long As Cars Have Existedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/driving-while-black-has-been-around-long-cars-have-existed-180958598/Documentarian Ric Burns talks about his forthcoming film about the “Green Book” and other travel guides for African-AmericansTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:10:30 +0000When Newspapers Reported on Gun Deaths as "Melancholy Accidents"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-americas-gun-epidemic-was-referred-series-melancholy-accidents-180958594/A historian explains how a curious phrase used by the American press caught his eye and became the inspiration for his new bookTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:06:35 +0000For Susan B. Anthony, Getting Support for Her "Revolution" Meant Taking on an Unusual Allyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/susan-anthony-getting-support-revolution-taking-on-an-unusual-ally-180958480/Suffragists Anthony and Cady Stanton found common cause in a wealthy man named George Francis Train who helped to fund their newspaperThu, 24 Mar 2016 17:57:07 +0000A New Addition to #MyDaguerreotypeBoyfriend Is the Civil War's Most Daring Naval Officerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-most-daring-naval-officer-180958503/Who is this cool cat, posing for an unusually casual photo for famed photographer Alexander Gardner?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:05:09 +0000The Lost City of Cambodiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-city-cambodia-180958508/Deep in the jungles of southeast Asia, archaeologists have rediscovered the remains of an invisible kingdom that may have been the template for Angkor WatWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:01:00 +0000How Much Has the Town Where the Scopes Trial Took Place Evolved Since the 1920s? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dayton-tennessee-evolved-scopes-trial-180958497/Each July, Dayton, Tennessee, celebrates its role in the famous court case with a re-enactment and festivalWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000The "Sistine Chapel of Evolution" Is in New Haven, Connecticuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sistine-chapel-evolution-new-haven-connecticut-180958499/Charles Darwin never visited the Yale museum, but you can, and see for yourself the specimens that he praised as the best evidence for his theoryWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000How the Green Book Helped African-American Tourists Navigate a Segregated Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-green-book-african-american-travelers-180958506/Listing hotels, restaurants and other businesses open to African-Americans, the guide was invaluable for Jim-Crow era travelersWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Zoot Suithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-zoot-suit-180958507/Unraveling the jazzy life of a snazzy styleWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000With the Discovery of the USS Conestoga, Researchers Have Solved a Mystery That Was Nearly 100 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-uss-conestoga-researchers-have-solved-naval-mystery-was-nearly-100-years-old-180958538/Even a century later, the news has brought relief to the families of the sailors who went down with their shipWed, 23 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Take A Trip Through 300 Years of Men's Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-trip-through-300-years-mens-fashion-180958430/At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a new exhibition highlights 200 styles, from military uniforms to punk jacketsWed, 23 Mar 2016 13:29:56 +0000The Grand Coulee Powers On, 75 Years After Its First Surge of Electricityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grand-coulee-powers-75-years-after-its-first-surge-electricity-180958524/A look back at how the powerful dam came to beTue, 22 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000Recalling an Era When the Color of Your Skin Meant You Paid to Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recalling-era-when-color-your-skin-meant-you-paid-vote-180958469/Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a ruling that made the poll tax unconstitutionalFri, 18 Mar 2016 15:58:00 +0000Spared From the Holocaust by His Countrymen, a Jewish Refugee Hopes That Denmark Can Regain Its Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/saved-holocaust-his-countrymen-jewish-refugee-hopes-denmark-can-once-again-find-its-humanity-180958459/Leo Goldberger will never forget how his fellow Danes kept him safe, but the reaction to today’s refugee crisis gives him pause about his former homelandWed, 16 Mar 2016 17:05:14 +0000When Museums Rushed to Fill Their Rooms With Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-museums-rushed-fill-their-rooms-bones-180958424/In part fed by discredited and racist theories about race, scientists and amateurs alike looked to human remains to learn more about themselvesTue, 15 Mar 2016 16:20:41 +0000Lou Gehrig's Toughest Day in Yankee Stadiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/lou-gehrigs-toughest-day-in-yankee-stadium/Lou Gehrig faced ALS with courage and dignity. When it was time to retire at Yankee stadium, he faced another challenge: being honoredTue, 15 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000San Andreas May Have Had Help Triggering a Historic Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/san-andreas-may-have-had-help-triggering-historic-earthquake-180958394/New evidence about a devastating quake in 1812 hints that the San Jacinto fault may be a bigger seismic risk than anyone thoughtFri, 11 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-sold-eiffel-tower-twice-180958370/“Count” Victor Lustig was America’s greatest con man. But what was his true identity?Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:12:57 +0000A Taste for Raw Meat May Have Helped Shape Human Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/taste-raw-meat-may-have-helped-shape-human-evolution-180958371/Stone tools might have let our ancestors more easily chew and digest meat, which in turn may have changed our teeth and jawsWed, 09 Mar 2016 18:22:14 +0000What Makes the Underground Railroad Such a Rich Opportunity for Storytellinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-underground-railroad-such-rich-opportunity-storytelling-180958369/On television and in the new Smithsonian museum, the path to freedom comes aliveWed, 09 Mar 2016 17:38:17 +0000How Nancy Reagan Made Her Mark on the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Smithsonian-curator-discusses-nancy-reagans-legacy-180958296/A curator at the American History Museum reflects on the First Lady's impact on WashingtonMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:21:18 +0000