History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/world-what-it-today-because-these-six-innovations-180952871/In a new book, Steven Johnson describes the many technologies that glass, refrigeration and other fundamental inventions have made possibleTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-way-stewardship-mother-earth-indigeneity-180952855/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000Celebrating Pittsburgh, the City Behind Pro Football, Big Macs and the Polio Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-pittsburgh-city-behind-pro-football-big-macs-and-polio-vaccine-180952839/The Pennsylvanian city had more lives than a cat and thrives as a hub of innovationWed, 24 Sep 2014 21:05:43 +0000The Evolution of the Nurse Stereotype via Postcards: From Drunk to Saint to Sexpot to Modern Medical Professionalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/evolution-nurse-stereotype-postcards-drunk-saint-sexpot-modern-medical-professional-180952725/A postcard exhibit at the National Library of Medicine shows how the cultural perception of nurses has changed over the decadesWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:10:56 +0000A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/private-tour-cias-incredible-museum-180952738/Inside the agency's headquarters is a museum filled with relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploitsTue, 23 Sep 2014 20:33:23 +0000Rudolf Hess’ Tale of Poison, Paranoia and Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rudolf-hess-tale-poison-paranoia-and-tragedy-180952783/Why are packets of food that belong to the Nazi war criminal sitting in a Maryland basement?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Intense Rivalry Between Eliot Ness and J. Edgar Hooverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-intense-rivalry-between-eliot-ness-and-j-edgar-hoover-180952784/Newly released files shed fresh light on the difficult relationship shared by the “Untouchable” Prohibition Bureau agent and the powerful FBI directorTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-1784-america-it-was-impossible-make-map-without-infuriating-someone-180952700/Abel Buell’s map was the first in the country submitted for a copyrightTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-marco-polo-discover-america-180952765/Maps attributed to the 13th-century traveler sketch what looks like the coast of AlaskaTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Debate Over Net Neutrality Has Its Roots in the Fight Over Radio Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/debate-over-net-neutrality-has-its-roots-fight-over-radio-freedom-180952774/Today's epic battle has been fought before, when radio took to the air a century agoTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Remote Cold War Radar System Has New Use in a Warming Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remote-cold-war-radar-system-has-new-use-warming-world-180952777/The stations designed to ring an alarm against nuclear attack may have new responsibilities due to climate changeTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Real Story of the "Football" That Follows the President Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-story-football-follows-president-everywhere-180952779/Take a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since John F. KennedyTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-was-robert-webster-slave-wearing-what-looks-confederate-uniform-180952781/This remarkable man risked his life to undermine the Confederacy yet remained close to his former owner after the Civil WarTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <em>12 Years A Slave</em>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-ridley-oscar-winning-writer-em12-years-slaveem-talks-about-his-new-jimi-hendrix-biopic-180952808/The writer and director of <em>Jimi: All Is by My Side</em> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000The Pay Phone's Journey From Patent to Urban Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-and-last-pay-phone-180952727/The history of the device that is well on its way to becoming, well, historyThu, 18 Sep 2014 14:53:21 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-who-reclaimed-photography-nigerian-people-180952721/A new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/industrial-espionage-and-cutthroat-competition-fueled-rise-humble-harmonica-180952733/How a shrewd salesman revolutionized the instrument industryWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:10 +0000Ken Burns' New Series, Based on Newly Discovered Letters, Reveals a New Side of FDRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ken-burns-new-series-based-newly-discovered-letters-reveals-new-side-fdr-180952718/In "The Roosevelts", Burns examines the towering but flawed figures who really understood how character defined leadershipWed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:01 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/ The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-before-emojis-picassos-persion-caligraphy-bought-emotion-writing-180952693/The world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-would-550000-people-make-giant-v-streets-barcelona-today-180952673/Hundreds of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000See Rare Footage of FDR Speaking at the National Institute of Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-rare-footage-fdr-speaking-national-institute-health-180952664/Right before being elected to a third term, FDR spoke at NIH about preparedness for war and the need to research deadly diseasesWed, 10 Sep 2014 19:08:59 +0000The Legend of What Actually Lived in the "No Man's Land" Between World War I's Trencheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/legends-what-actually-lived-no-mans-land-between-world-war-i-trenches-180952513/Born of the horrors of trench warfare, a ghoulish tale of scavengers and scofflaws took hold 100 years agoMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:42:23 +0000Garry Winogrand’s Photographs Capture ‘America’s Busy, Teeming, Intricate Whirl’ After World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/garry-winogrands-photographs-capture-americas-busy-teeming-intricate-whirl-after-world-war-ii-180952628/An exhibition takes a look at the mix of optimism and unease that permeated the post-war nation’s populaceMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:24 +0000What the Scottish Independence Referendum Could Mean for Orkneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-scottish-independence-referendum-could-mean-orkney-180952619/Sovereignty over Orkney, home to the First Stonehenge, has been debated for more than 5,000 yearsFri, 05 Sep 2014 13:11:14 +0000Before Dr. Mutter, Surgery Was a Dangerous and Horrifically Painful Ordealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dr-mutter-surgery-was-dangerous-and-horrifically-painful-ordeal-180952580/The talented doctor changed the way the medical profession operatedThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:09:04 +0000See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-jewish-life-before-holocaust-newly-released-digital-archive-180952582/Roman Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective workTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000Warren Harding’s Love Letters Finally Give Us Something to Remember Him Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/warren-hardings-love-letters-finally-give-us-something-remember-him-180952528/Locked away for 50 years, the secret correspondence reveals a steamy relationship between the future president and his mistressFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:15:02 +0000Huge Wine Cellar Unearthed at a Biblical-Era Palace in Israelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/huge-wine-cellar-unearthed-biblical-era-palace-israel-180952495/Residue from jars at a Canaanite palace suggest the ruler preferred his red with hints of mint, honey and juniperWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Historic Return of the American Bisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-american-bison-180952488/A National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens SaturdayWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:47 +0000Designers Remake Our Oldest Tool Using Our Newest Toolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/designers-remake-our-oldest-tool-using-our-newest-tool-180952451/More than a million years old, the hand axe is over due for an updateWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:53:17 +0000Rethinking Rockwell in the Time of Fergusonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rethinking-rockwell-time-ferguson-180952485/An illustrator adapted Rockwell’s The Runaway based on images of contemporary policeTue, 26 Aug 2014 21:02:51 +0000The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kennewick-man-finally-freed-share-his-secrets-180952462/He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his storyMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Commemorate the War of 1812 With These Bicentennial Eventshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/commemorate-war-1812-bicentennial-events-180952421/Gain new insight into the events of 1814 by attending these reenactments, concerts, walking tours and mealsFri, 22 Aug 2014 15:57:39 +0000What Lies Beneath Stonehenge? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-lies-beneath-Stonehenge-180952437/A new Smithsonian Channel show reveals groundbreaking research that may explain what really went on thereThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Illuminating the Treaties That Have Governed U.S.-Indian Relationshipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/treaties-governed-us-indian-relationships-180952443/These documents were both a cause and a salve for the fraught relations between the United States and Indian NationsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Your Guide to the Three Weeks of 1814 That We Today Call the War of 1812http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/your-guide-three-weeks-1814-we-today-call-war-1812-180952425/From the burning of Washington to the siege of Baltimore, what happened in those late summer days?Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:50:31 +0000The Blockbuster World War I Film that Brought Home the Traumatic Impact of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/blockbuster-world-war-i-film-brought-home-traumatic-impact-wa-180952418/The blockbuster silent film <em>The Big Parade</em> is among the first to explore the psychological trauma of war Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:33:02 +0000A Proud Day at American History Museum as LGBT Artifacts Enter the Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-grace-affirms-role-american-history-180952400/The creators of "Will & Grace" and others donated objects related to gay historyTue, 19 Aug 2014 21:03:14 +0000Which General Was Better? Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-general-was-better-ulysses-s-grant-or-robert-e-lee-180952005/The historic rivalry between the South's polished general and the North's rough and rugged soldier is the subject of a new show at the Portrait GalleryFri, 15 Aug 2014 12:21:28 +0000The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wants-you-help-transcribe-its-collections-180952333/A massive digitization and transcription project calls for volunteers at the Smithsonian Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:51:45 +0000This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-americas-official-artists-war-180952321/During WWI, the War Department sent American artists to Europe. The Smithsonian recently digitized the captivating artworkTue, 12 Aug 2014 17:58:18 +0000Why Do Secretaries of State Make Such Terrible Presidential Candidates?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-do-secretaries-state-make-such-terrible-presidential-candidates-180952327/Before the Civil War, the cabinet position was considered a stepping stone to the Chief Executive; now, not so muchTue, 12 Aug 2014 16:06:36 +0000Sharks Were Once Called Sea Dogs, And Other Little-Known Factshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharks-were-once-called-sea-dogs-and-other-little-known-facts-180952320/Centuries-old illustrations of sharks show just how much we've learned about the fish since our first sightings of themTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:03:43 +0000