History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:21:37 +0000What's Behind America's Obsession With Presidential Masks? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-behind-americas-obsession-presidential-masks-180960937/From nose-picking Nixon to Trump-kissing-Clinton, Americans have long imitated their political candidatesFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:21:37 +0000The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/surprising-history-cuba-patron-saint-cachita-virgin-mary-our-lady-charity-cultural-travel-180960606/Nicknamed "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race linesThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:34:47 +0000The Last Living Carver of Mount Rushmore Reflects on the Monument at 75http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-living-carver-mount-rushmore-reflects-monument-75-180960875/The 95-year-old looks back at the colossal effort that went into making the American masterpieceThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:10 +0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/great-flying-saucer-mystery-of-1966/When policemen spotted a "flying saucer" in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gasThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biography-runaway-slave-cuba-book-excerpt-cultural-travel-180960607/A former sugar plantation slave recalls fleeing to a cave in the woods and the new dangers that awaited him thereWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-sea-monster-looked-like-monk-wearing-fish-scales-horrified-renaissance-europe-180960885/Something fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Seeking the Humanity of Al Caponehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeking-humanity-al-capone-180960880/Through interviews with his descendants, one biographer sees the family man behind the infamous gangsterMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:19:49 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-math-build-ultimate-taffy-machine-180960849/A mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Strongholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/churchill-approved-risky-mission-nazi-stronghold/Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back homeFri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nov16-ask-smithsonian-180960780/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:00 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Clubhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-card-carrying-member-first-moon-flights-club-180960817/My card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000The Tragic Fate of the Afghan Interpreters the U.S. Left Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tragic-fate-afghan-interpreters-left-behind-180960785/These men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in dangerThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:07:38 +0000Ulysses S. Grant Launched an Illegal War Against the Plains Indians, Then Lied About Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ulysses-grant-launched-illegal-war-plains-indians-180960787/The president promised peace with Indians — and covertly hatched the plot that provoked one of the bloodiest conflicts in the WestThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Letters Bring New Insight Into the Life of a Civil War Soldierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-letters-bring-insight-life-civil-war-soldier-180960784/A mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantrymanThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Did John Adams Out Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-adams-out-thomas-jefferson-sally-hemings-180960789/A scholar makes the intriguing case that Adams gossiped about the relationship years before the news erupted in publicWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:46:29 +0000These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-reporters-undercover-most-important-scoops-day-180960775/Writing under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation's illsWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:16:59 +0000When Curious George Made a Daring Escape From the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/curious-george-daring-escape-nazis-180960779/The authors of the children's book series fled wartime France with the manuscript tied to their bikesWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000The FBI’s Fake Russian Agent Reveals His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fbi-fake-russian-agent-reveals-secrets-180960788/In an exclusive interview, a retired FBI agent who posed as a KGB officer finally spills the beans about his greatest sting operationsTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Disappearance May Finally Have Been Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pearl-harbor-disappearance-may-finally-have-been-solved-cornelia-fort-180960786/Flight instructor Cornelia Fort faced a close call on that infamous day, but her plane was thought to have been lost to historyTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Making the Case for the Next American Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/next-american-saint-sister-blandina-regale-immigrants-womens-history-180960782/Sister Blandina Segale showed true grit while caring for orphans and outlaws in New MexicoTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bizarre-tale-middle-easts-first-space-program-180960808/In Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000At the New “Slavery and Freedom” Show, a Mother Finds an Empowering Message for Her Young Daughtershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mother-visits-new-slavery-and-freedom-exhibition-and-finds-empowering-message-her-young-daughters-180960751/A child's shackles, a whip, and an auction block deliver a visceral experience of slaveryFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:40 +0000In a Groundbreaking Exhibit at Mount Vernon, Slaves Speak and History Listenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/groundbreaking-exhibit-mount-vernon-slaves-speak-and-history-listens-180960747/Life at the home of George Washington is told anewWed, 12 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000The Strange History of the October Surprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-history-october-surprise-180960741/From assiduous editorials to destructive superstorms, the last weeks of presidential elections have seen shocking campaign twistsTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:41:10 +0000What These Mysterious Scrolls Tell Us About Women in Petrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-these-mysterious-scrolls-tell-us-about/In 1961, archaeologists in southern Israel discovered a mysterious set of documents. They provide clues into the elevated status of Nabataean womenTue, 11 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Timeline History of Celebrating (and Not Celebrating) Columbus Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/timeline-history-celebrating-and-not-celebrating-columbus-day-180960736/The holiday has been controversial practically since its inceptionMon, 10 Oct 2016 18:31:09 +0000Understanding the Gospel of Nat Turnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-gospel-nat-turner-180960714/The leader of the deadly slave revolt had a deep Christian faith that propelled his rebellious actionsFri, 07 Oct 2016 13:35:00 +0000Havana's Hidden Architectural Gemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/havana-architecture-gems-cuba-180960692/The city's eclectic architecture is both extraordinary and imperiledThu, 06 Oct 2016 19:10:55 +0000The History of the Town Hall Debatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-town-hall-debate-180960705/Its origins go back to America’s earliest days, but its appearance on the national stage is relatively newThu, 06 Oct 2016 16:07:12 +0000The Sounds and Images of Black Power Take Center Stage in This Post-Civil Rights Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sounds-and-images-black-power-take-center-stage-post-civil-rights-exhibition-180960654/After Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, black leaders and cultural influencers encouraged community self-reliance and pride Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Tomb Raiders Treated This Priceless Gem Like Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-tomb-raiders-treated-this-priceless-gem/Why would grave robbers break into the King of Xuzhou's tomb and leave its most priceless jade treasure behind?Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000What Is the Glass Palace Chronicle and Why Is It Important?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-is-the-glass-palace-chronicle-and-why-i/One of the most important sources of Burmese history is a document known as the Glass Palace ChronicleTue, 04 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Nine Places Where You Can Still See Wheel Tracks from the Oregon Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-relics-oregon-trail-180960589/The legendary trail has carved itself into American history—and, in some places, into the earth itselfMon, 03 Oct 2016 14:50:17 +0000The Daring Plan to Steal Nazi Radar Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-daring-plan-to-steal-nazi-radar-technology_1/A British parachute regiment set off toward Bruneval on the northern coast of occupied France. Their mission: to steal German radar secretsMon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How Did Smithsonian Curators Pack 200 Years of African-American Culture in One Exhibition?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-smithsonian-curators-pack-200-years-african-american-culture-one-exhibition-180960619/The curators of the Cultural Expressions exhibition collected stories and artifacts and brilliantly packed 200 years into one round roomFri, 30 Sep 2016 18:20:48 +0000George Kennan’s Love of Russia Inspired His Legendary “Containment” Strategyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-kennans-love-russia-inspired-his-legendary-containment-strategy-180960642/It’s impossible to overstate the impact the American diplomat had on the United States’ Cold War policyFri, 30 Sep 2016 12:20:37 +0000The Redacted Testimony That Fully Explains Why General MacArthur Was Firedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/redacted-testimony-fully-explains-why-general-macarthur-was-fired-180960622/Far beyond being insubordinate, the military leader seemed to not grasp the consequences of his desired strategyWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:11:34 +0000Does China's Only Female Emperor Deserve Her Bad Rap?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-chinas-only-female-emperor-deserve-her/Wu Zetian, empress of the Tang Dynasty, was believed to be a cunning and ruthless rulerTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:22:58 +0000In the Early 19th Century, Firefighters Fought Fires ... and Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/early-19-century-firefighters-fought-fires-each-other-180960391/Fighting fires in early America was about community, property and rivalryTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:44:30 +0000The Russian-U.S. Relationship Goes Way Back to John Quincy Adamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/russian-us-relationship-goes-way-back-john-quincy-adams-180960600/Before he became president, Adams was the nascent country’s first ambassador to RussiaTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:31:50 +0000A New Photo Book Reveals the Objects That Tell the Stories of the Rich and Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stories-these-objects-owned-celebrities-could-tell-180960597/Photographer Henry Leutwyler usually shoots his camera at celebrities. For this book, he looked at their stuffTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000Inside the Alluring Power of Public Opinion Polls From Elections Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/alluring-power-public-opinion-polls-elections-past-180960571/A digital-savvy historian discusses his popular @HistOpinion Twitter accountMon, 26 Sep 2016 15:55:20 +0000Thousands Converge on the National Mall For Music, Family, Remembrance and Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thousands-converge-national-mall-music-family-remembrance-celebration-180960582/Families from all over the country arrive to celebrate the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and CultureSat, 24 Sep 2016 20:48:08 +0000Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-morse-code-questions-readers-180960460/You asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000What Langston Hughes’ Powerful Poem “I, Too" Tells Us About America's Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-langston-hughes-powerful-poem-i-too-americas-past-present-180960552/Smithsonian historian David Ward reflects on the work of Langston HughesThu, 22 Sep 2016 13:35:57 +0000Historic Bell Helps Ring in New African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historic-bell-helps-ring-new-african-american-history-museum-180960545/Why President Obama won’t cut a ribbon when the new museum opens this SaturdayWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:55:36 +0000Why Dead Rulers of the Han Dynasty Were Plugged With Jadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/dead-rulers-han-dynasty-jade/During the days of China's Han dynasty, when a ruler died his corpse was carefully packed with jade "plugs"Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:42:07 +0000How Cuba Remembers Its Revolutionary Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuba-remembers-revolutionary-past-present-180960447/On the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s secret landing on Cuba’s southern shore, our man in Havana journeys into the island’s rebel heartWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:04:19 +0000Myth and Reason on the Mexican Borderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/myth-reason-mexican-border-180960357/The renowned travel writer journeys the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at life along the blurry 2,000-mile lineWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Mural on View in the African American History Museum Recalls the Rise of Resurrection City http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mural-view-african-american-history-museum-recalls-rise-resurrection-city-movement-180960525/The 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country's impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallWed, 21 Sep 2016 12:57:51 +0000How the Heated, Divisive Election of 1800 Was the First Real Test of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/election-1800-first-real-test-american-democracy-180960457/A banner from the Smithsonian collections lays out the stakes of Jefferson vs. AdamsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Sordid History of Mount Rushmorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sordid-history-mount-rushmore-180960446/The sculptor behind the American landmark had some unseemly ties to white supremacy groupsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Founder of the Smithsonian Institution Figured Out How to Brew a Better Cup of Coffeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/founder-smithsonian-institution-how-brew-better-cup-coffee-180960208/Almost two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:12:38 +0000Were the Women of Petra More Important Than Men?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/important-women-of-petra/The Nabataeans worshipped powerful female deities and built lavish shrines in their honorTue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Even When He Was in His 20s, Winston Churchill Was Already on the Verge of Greatness http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-when-he-was-his-20s-winston-churchill-was-already-verge-greatness-180960490/The future Prime Minister became known throughout Britain for his travails as a journalist during the Boer WarMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wu Zetian's Bold Move at the Spectacular Longmen Grottoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/wu-zetian-spectacular-longmen-grottoes-china/The Longmen Grottoes remain one of the most sacred places in ChinaMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Photographer Nish Nalbandian on Bearing Witness to the Violence in the Syrian Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographer-nish-nalbandian-bearing-witness-violence-syrian-civil-war-180960467/In a new book, “A Whole World Blind,” the American photographer documents the tragedy in the Middle EastThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:03:09 +0000Visit the Site of the Biggest Witch Trial in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-site-biggest-witch-trial-history-180959946/Over 7,000 people were accused of witchcraft in Basque SpainWed, 14 Sep 2016 18:50:54 +0000How Should South Africa Remember the Architect of Apartheid?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-south-africa-remember-architect-apartheid-180960449/Fifty years after H.F. Verwoerd was assassinated in Parliament, the nation he once presided over reckons with its pastWed, 14 Sep 2016 13:41:20 +0000Nat Turner's Bible Gave the Enslaved Rebel the Resolve to Rise Up http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nat-turners-bible-inspiration-enslaved-rebel-rise-up-180960416/A Bible belonging to the enslaved Turner spoke of possibility says curator Rex Ellis of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 13 Sep 2016 18:54:36 +0000The Biggest Mass-Production Submarine of WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-biggest-mass-production-submarine-of-wwii/Brought into service just five months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Wahoo was built for sizeTue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Anthrax Letters That Terrorized a Nation Are Now Decontaminated and on Public Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anthrax-letters-terrorized-nation-now-decontaminated-public-view-180960407/Carriers of the deadly anthrax bacteria, these letters—on loan from the FBI—can be seen at the National Postal MuseumMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:48:55 +0000The Crisis in Syriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crisis-syria-180960412/Smithsonian.com partners with the Wilson Center to provide some much-needed context on the deadly civil warMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:29:22 +0000American Drivers Have Bicyclists to Thank for a Smooth Ride to Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/american-drivers-thank-bicyclists-180960399/Urban elites with a fancy hobby teamed up with rural farmers in a movement that transformed the nationMon, 12 Sep 2016 12:25:42 +0000Why It Takes a Great Rivalry to Produce Great Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rivalrous-art-world-was-picasso-trying-put-one-over-matisse-180960348/Smithsonian historian David Ward takes a look at a new book by Sebastian Smee on the contentious games artists playFri, 09 Sep 2016 15:43:46 +0000The Forgotten Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Send Astronauts to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-black-women-mathematicians-who-helped-win-wars-and-send-astronauts-space-180960393/A new book documents the lives and accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battlesThu, 08 Sep 2016 18:45:34 +0000How the Olympic Mountains Got Their Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-olympic-mountains-got-their-name/In 1788, a British mariner passed by the majestic mountains of northwest Washington. The peaks seemed the perfect dwelling place for Greek godsThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:20:14 +0000Remembering 9/11, From a Scrawled Note to a Scrap of Fuselage http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-911-scrawled-note-bit-fuselage-180960354/How objects both ordinary and extraordinary help us reflect on the devastationThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Gladiator School Was Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-gladiator-school-was-like/It's uncertain whether gladiator school was run like a prison or was completely voluntary. However, a reasonable amount of comfort was providedWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:30:27 +0000Beneath This Medieval German Town Lie Over 25 Miles of Forgotten Tunnelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-underground-tunnels-oppenheim-germany-180960147/Go beneath the surface of OppenheimWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:53:44 +0000The New Deal Origins of Homeland Securityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-deal-origins-homeland-security-180960359/During FDR’s administration, the First Lady and the Mayor of New York clashed over guns, butter and American liberalismWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:18:36 +0000For Nearly 150 Years, This One House Told a Novel Story About the African-American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-nearly-150-years-one-house-told-novel-story-african-american-epxperience-180960355/On view in the new museum, the woodframe dwelling evokes the aspirations and limitations of the era following enslavementWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000It’s Sherbet, Not Sherbert, You Dilettanteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/its-sherbet-not-sherbert-you-dilettantes-180960347/The frozen treat has been mispronounced by generations of AmericansTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:01:07 +0000How Yosemite Became the Setting of a Chaotic 1970 Riothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-yosemite-became-setting-of-chaotic-1970-riot/Independence Day in 1970 at Yosemite National Park should have been an occasion for celebration. Instead, it became a day of violenceTue, 06 Sep 2016 14:20:56 +0000Life Aboard a Renovated World War II Tugboathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-at-sea-world-war-II-tugboat-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959434/With help from friends, a transplanted Philadelphian embarks on a voyage of discovery through Alaska's watersMon, 05 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +0000The Mission to Restore the Original Starship Enterprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-mission-to-restore-the-original-starship-enterprise-180960339/The beloved 1960s studio model stars in <em>Building Star Trek</em>, a documentary premiering on Smithsonian Channel this SundayFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:40:41 +0000The Story of the Weber Grill Begins With a Buoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/story-weber-grill-begins-buoy-180960335/When metalworker George Stephen, Sr. put two halves of a buoy together, he didn't know he was making a charcoal grill that would stand the test of timeFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:56:20 +0000In a Remote Alaskan Town, a Centuries-Old Russian Faith Thriveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/russian-easter-pascha-photography-old-believers-sect-russian-orthodox-church-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959440/Residents of Nikolaevsk remain true to the traditions of their ancestors, who fled religious persecution in the 17th-centuryFri, 02 Sep 2016 13:50:16 +0000The Great Fire of London Was Blamed on Religious Terrorismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/great-fire-london-was-blamed-religious-terrorism-180960332/Why scores of Londoners thought the fire of 1666 was all part of a nefarious Catholic conspiracyFri, 02 Sep 2016 12:58:54 +0000Crazy Vintage Footage of Park Visitors Feeding Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/crazy-vintage-footage-park-visitors-feeding-bears/Wildlife management in national parks has come a long way in recent decades. In the '70s, visitors were regularly encouraged to feed bearsFri, 02 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +0000Your Questions About African-American History, Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/questions-african-american-history-answered-180960120/A special edition of Ask Smithsonian on the occasion of the opening of a new Smithsonian museumThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:56:58 +0000Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deep-swamps-archaeologists-fugitive-slaves-kept-freedom-180960122/The Great Dismal Swamp was once a thriving refuge for runawaysThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:52:17 +0000The Children of Civil Rights Leaders Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-civil-rights-leaders-follow-path-parents-180960289/The next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebearsThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:02:09 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-can-thank-science-and-scientists-national-park-system-180960275/Early conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/long-lasting-legacy-great-migration-180960118/When millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being feltWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000Take an Interactive Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-interactive-tour-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180960303/What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Eleven Years After Katrina, What Lessons Can We Learn Before the Next Disaster Strikes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eleven-years-after-katrina-what-lessons-can-we-learn-next-disaster-strikes-180960293/Author and playwright John Biguenet offers his thoughts on the narrative of destructionWed, 31 Aug 2016 12:44:38 +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 +0000