History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:46:49 +0000Take a Historic Ride Along California's Famous Route 1http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-californias-coast-hugging-route-1-180956232/Here are seven of the most interesting historic stops along California's scenic highwayMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:46:49 +0000The Fascinating Afterlife of Peru's Mummieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fascinating-afterlife-perus-mummies-180956319/From inside stone palaces and atop sacred mountaintops, the Inca dead continued to wield incredible power over the livingFri, 28 Aug 2015 16:48:10 +0000Why Can’t We Turn Our Eyes Away From the Grotesque and Macabre?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-cant-we-just-turn-our-eyes-away-grotesque-and-macabre-180956424/Alexander Gardner’s photographs of Civil War corpses were among the first to play to the uncomfortable attraction humans have for shocking imagesThu, 27 Aug 2015 17:32:48 +0000The Guinness Book of World Records: A Promotional Stunt That Became an International Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/guinness-book-world-records-promotional-stunt-became-international-phenomenon-180956420/The book that makes us ooh and ahh, and squirm in our seats turns 60 todayThu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000Meet Mr. Wizard, Television's Original Science Guyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-mr-wizard-science-guy-inspired-bill-nye-180956371/In the 1950s and 1960s, Don Herbert broadcast some of the most mesmerizing, and kooky, science experiments from his garageWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:14 +0000Thirty Years Ago, an Artificial Heart Helped Save a Grocery Store Managerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirty-years-ago-artificial-heart-helped-save-grocery-store-manager-180956388/The Smithsonian, home to the Jarvik 7 and a host of modern chest-pumping technologies, has a lot of (artificial) heartWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:53 +0000The Abandoned Theme Park That Finally Got a Storybook Endinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-marylands-enchanted-forest-had-its-own-storybook-ending-1-180956318/This Maryland amusement park was once an East Coast version of Disneyland and was left for dead until one woman rescued itWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:20:16 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/A naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Broken Promise of the Levees That Failed New Orleanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/broken-promise-levees-failed-new-orleans-180956326/A piece of concrete serves as a reminder of how Hurricane Katrina shattered a city's faithMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How the Pledge of Allegiance Went From PR Gimmick to Patriotic Vowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pledge-allegiance-pr-gimmick-patriotic-vow-180956332/Francis Bellamy had no idea how famous, and controversial, his quick ditty would becomeMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Escape From Boko Haramhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/escape-from-boko-haram-180956333/In northern Nigeria, a fearless American educator has created a refuge for young women desperate to evade the terrorist groupMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-21st-century-life-list-180956324/Something for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-maps-show-severe-impact-hurricane-katrina-new-orleans-180956364/Where does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hitMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:08:41 +0000The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/Even the most mundane of objects associated with the Founding Father have a storyThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:27:58 +0000Five of the World's Most Fascinating Topiary Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/art-topiary-gardening-ancienthere-are-five-modern-gems-180956159/Whimsical gardens in surprising shapes decorate homes, churches and cemeteries around the world. We’ve rounded up five of the most extraordinaryMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:26:08 +0000The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-mexican-coke-more-complex-than-hipsters-would-admit-180956032/A nasty trade war and questionable scientific assumptions make it difficult to discern what is, and what isn't, the real thingTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:47:14 +0000What Gives Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Its Power?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-gives-robert-frosts-road-not-taken-its-power-180956200/On the 100th anniversary of the poem’s publication, a Smithsonian poet examines its message and how it encapsulates what its author was all aboutMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:30:47 +0000The Lonely, Lifesaving Job of Lighthouse Keepers, Revealed at the National Lighthouse Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lonely-lifesaving-job-of-lighthouse-keepers-now-revealed-at-the-national-lighthouse-museum-180956183/A new museum in Staten Island tells the stories of men and women who ran lighthouses throughout America’s history and shows off some unique antiquesFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:48:01 +0000Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whatever-happened-wild-camels-american-west-180956176/Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the rangeThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-the-only-color-photo-of-the-first-at/With more than 405,000 American casualties and Japan rejecting unconditional surrender, the United States begins testing the atomic bomb in New Mexico Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:34:05 +0000How Physics Drove the Design of the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-physics-drove-design-atomic-bombs-dropped-japan-180956172/The gun-like design of the Little Boy bomb was effectively the last of its kindWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:15:17 +0000The Murderous Story of America’s First Hijackinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/murderous-story-americas-first-hijacking-180956152/Earnest Pletch’s cold-blooded killing of Carl Bivens was just one chapter in the strange life of the mechanic, farmhand and erstwhile carnieWed, 05 Aug 2015 12:50:11 +0000The 390-Year-Old Tree That Survived the Bombing of Hiroshimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/390-year-old-tree-survived-bombing-hiroshima-180956157/Now living in Washington, D.C., this bonsai tree outlasted the atomic blastTue, 04 Aug 2015 18:45:50 +0000Why Jack the Ripper's Identity May Soon Be Provenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-jack-the-rippers-identity-may-soon-be-p/Despite the length of time that has passed since he first terrorized London, enthusiasm and interest in Jack the Ripper has never been strongerTue, 04 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000How Lego Redefined Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-lego-redefined-play/Once a company of only 10 employees, Lego is now one of the most recognized brands on the planetMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:38:53 +0000How a Five-Letter Word Built a 104-Year-Old Companyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-five-letter-word-built-104-year-old-company-180955899/THINK—printed on signs, deskplates, business cards and notepads—was the seed from which the rest of IBM’s culture would growMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:09:23 +0000When Congress Looked James Smithson's Gift Horse in the Mouthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/looking-james-smithsons-gift-horse-mouth-180956107/180 years ago, the U.S. government debated what to do with the bequest from across the pondThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:17:09 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-worlds-first-nuclear-power-plant-idaho-180956006/The historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-archaeological-research-jamestown-reveals-identities-four-prominent-settlers-discovery-180956028/The findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Visit D.C.'s Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Historic Homes and Gardens http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/summer-visit-dcs-coolest-beaten-path-estates-180955928/History, nature and culture combine at these fascinating estates and gardens in our nation's capitalTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:32:29 +0000What Gives Bugs Bunny His Lasting Power?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-gives-bugs-bunny-his-lasting-power-180956070/Seventy-five years after his first “What’s Up, Doc?,” the leporine character still leaves his markMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000The Entertaining Saga of the Worst Crook in Colonial Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-entertaining-saga-worst-crook-colonial-america-180955643/Stephen Burroughs was a thief, a counterfeiter and a convicted criminal. A rare piece of his fake currency is in the collectionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:41:32 +0000Running Shoes Date Back to the 1860s, and Other Revelations From the Brooklyn Museum's Sneaker Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/running-shoes-date-back-to-the-1860s-and-other-revelations-from-the-brooklyn-museums-sneaker-show-180955967/A show on sneaker culture at the Brooklyn Museum hypes its modern Nikes, but perhaps most fascinating are the historic kicks that started it allMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Take a Spin on the Most Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Carousels in the Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-spin-national-carousel-day-180955977/These historic merry-go-rounds are survivors of a bygone era, when thrills came in a much tamer formFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:50:26 +00001,500-Year-Old Text Has Been Digitally Resurrected From a Hebrew Scrollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/1500-year-old-text-has-been-digitally-resurrected-burned-hebrew-scroll-180956031/Special software helped reveal the words on a burned scroll found inside a holy ark near the Dead SeaFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:38 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-route-66s-most-fascinating-museums-180955760/Take a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-sound-explian-350-year-old-clock-mystery-180956022/Lab experiments suggest that a strange synchronization of pendulum clocks observed in the 1600s can be chalked up to acoustic energyThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:20 +0000When Rock Bands Flocked to Howard Finster’s Remote, Bizarre Artist Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-rock-bands-flocked-howard-finsters-remote-bizarre-artist-compound-180956012/Even today you can visit the site where groups such as R.E.M. found a true artistic geniusThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:03 +0000Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-wild-tiny-pimp-tomato-so-important-180955911/Native to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomyThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:38 +0000A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-search-first-americans-links-amazon-indigenous-australians-180955976/The new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the AmericasTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:11 +0000Provoking Presidential Portraitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/provoking-presidential-portraits/Pat Oliphant's searing sketches cross party lines. But the portraits are all in good clean fun...or are they?Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:20 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-takes-giant-step-its-first-kickstarter-campaign-fund-conservation-neil-armstrongs-spacesuit-180955964/On the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000You Can Still Stay a Night at These Grand Hotels From the Gilded Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stay-night-in-gilded-age-hotels-180955940/Those that survive today are a testament to Old World luxuryFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:07:45 +0000The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolution-money-feathers-credit-cards-180955602/Coin collectors, and trinket lovers welcome back the National Numismatic Collections to its splendid new gallery at the American History MuseumWed, 15 Jul 2015 18:51:47 +0000The History of Creepy Dollshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-creepy-dolls-180955916/Take a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathedWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:46:34 +0000How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-singer-won-sewing-machine-war-180955919/The Singer Sewing Machine changed the way America manufactured textiles, but the invention itself was less important than the company’s innovative businessTue, 14 Jul 2015 17:54:33 +0000An Attempt to Keep the Dying Gottschee Culture Very Much Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/attempt-keep-dying-gottschee-culture-very-much-alive-180955915/Inspired by a trip to Slovenia with her grandmother, one New Yorker took it upon herself to chronicle the story of a lost piece of European historyTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:15:52 +0000Which of These Baseball Players Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-baseball-players-should-portrait-gallery-put-display-180955906/Vote for these all-stars in an entirely different kind of competitionMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Scopes Trial Redefined Science Journalism and Shaped It to What It Is Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scopes-trial-redefined-science-journalism-shaped-it-what-it-is-today-180955881/Ninety years ago a Tennessee man stood trial for teaching evolution, a Smithsonian archives collection offers a glimpse into the rich backstoryFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:01:33 +0000What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah's Giant Jurassic Death Pit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-killed-dinosaurs-utahs-giant-jurassic-death-pit-180955878/Paleontologists are gathering evidence that may help crack the 148-million-year-old mystery, including signs of poisoned predatorsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Curators Wrestled With the Complex Story of American Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-wrestled-complex-story-american-business-180955783/The broad and sometimes difficult history of business in the U.S., its rogues, heros, successes and failures, is the dynamic story in a new exhibitionMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:14:51 +0000How Colonel Sanders Made Kentucky Fried Chicken an American Success Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-colonel-sanders-made-kentucky-fried-chicken-american-success-story-180955806/A weathervane from the Smithsonian collections is emblematic of Harland Sanders’s decades-long pursuit to make his chicken finger-lickin' goodMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:41:55 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/theres-nothing-more-american-nathans-famous-hot-dog-eating-contest-180955785/Why the American dream is shaped like a hot dogFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000