History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 01 Dec 2015 13:30:18 +0000An Intern Saved a Museum by Finding This Revolutionary War Treasure in the Attichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/found-attic-rare-document-revolutionary-war-saved-museum-brink-financial-ruin-180957411/The obvious lesson: never throw anything awayTue, 01 Dec 2015 13:30:18 +0000Archival Footage of Parachuting Military Dogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/archival-footage-of-parachuting-military-dogs/Shot in 1948, this incredible footage shows paratroop dogs landing in the Arctic to learn how to rescue plane crash victimsFri, 27 Nov 2015 22:16:43 +0000Your Thanksgiving Turkey Is a Quintessentially American Bird: An Immigrant http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thanksgiving-turkey-quintessentially-american-bird-immigrant-180957382/The turkeys common on U.S. tables descended from a Mexican species and were originally bred for Maya ritualsTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Old-World Charm of Venice's Windy Sister Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/korcula-venice-empire-italy-tradition-old-world-charm-180956870/On the Adriatic island of Korčula, where Venice once ruled, ancient habits and attitudes persist—including a tendency toward blissful indolenceTue, 24 Nov 2015 15:47:08 +0000How Nantucket Came to Be the Whaling Capital of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nantucket-came-to-be-whaling-capital-of-world-180957198/Ron Howard's new film "In the Heart of the Sea" captures the greed and blood lust of the Massachusetts islandThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Get Reintroduced to Rosa Parks As a New Archive Reveals the Woman Behind the Boycotthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/reintroduced-rosa-parks-new-archive-reveals-woman-behind-boycott-180957200/The Rosa Parks collection adds depth to the story of the civil rights heroineThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Unceasing American Quest to Build a Better Mousetraphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unceasing-american-quest-build-better-mousetrap-180957208/There has always been some truth to the apocryphal Emerson quoteThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000The U.S. Government Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees, Fearing That They Were Nazi Spieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/us-government-turned-away-thousands-jewish-refugees-fearing-they-were-nazi-spies-180957324/In a long tradition of “persecuting the refugee,” the State Department and FDR claimed that Jewish immigrants could threaten national securityWed, 18 Nov 2015 19:20:43 +0000The Tragic Bad Axe Massacre of 1832http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-tragic-bad-axe-massacre-of-1832/In 19th-century Illinois, tensions between settlers and local Native American tribes led to a series of escalating confrontationsMon, 16 Nov 2015 19:29:29 +0000The Origins of the World War I Agreement That Carved Up the Middle Easthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sykes-picot-agreement-180957217/How Great Britain and France secretly negotiated the Sykes-Picot AgreementMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:59:17 +0000Rare Interviews With Hitler's Inner Circle Reveal What Truly Happened on "The Day Hitler Died"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rare-interviews-adolph-hitler-inner-circle-smithsonian-channel-180957283/Broadcast for the first time in the U.S., these exclusive clips from a Smithsonian Channel program feature recently unearthed archival footageMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:29:37 +0000Genetic Tweaks Are Revealing the Dinosaur Traits in Living Chickenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetic-tweaks-are-revealing-dinosaur-traits-living-chickens-180957271/A Yale paleontologist is blending fossil studies and bird genes to trace the ways dinosaurs transformed into today's feathered flocksFri, 13 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ancient Bees Were Voracious Snackers on Their Pollen-Gathering Trekshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-bees-were-voracious-snackers-their-pollen-gathering-treks-180957259/Fossils from Germany could help researchers better understand modern bee eating habits and better protect the beloved pollinatorsThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Genius Behind "Hamilton," Broadway's Newest Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lin-manuel-miranda-ingenuity-awards-180957234/Composer, lyricist and performer, Miranda wows audiences and upends U.S. history with his dazzlingly fresh hip-hop musicalThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Anne Frank's Diary Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-anne-franks-diary-changed-the-world-180957215/The most famous account of life during the Holocaust has been read by tens of millions of peopleThu, 12 Nov 2015 13:52:09 +0000What You Don’t Know About Ancient Rome Could Fill a Book. Mary Beard Wrote That Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-dont-know-about-ancient-rome-could-fill-book-mary-beard-wrote-book-180957218/The British historian reveals some surprises about the ancient Roman people and their customsMon, 09 Nov 2015 18:45:36 +0000A Long-Necked Marine Reptile Is the First Known to Filter Feed Like a Whalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/long-necked-marine-reptile-first-known-filter-feed-whale-180957211/The bizarre <em>Mortuneria</em> used sieve-like teeth to strain tasty morsels from the muddy Cretaceous seafloorMon, 09 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000Watch Rarely Seen Footage of Life in Nazi Austria, Thanks to a New Video Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-amateur-film-collection-challenges-narratives-about-life-nazi-austria-180957193/The Ephemeral Films Project offers the public a chance to see what Jews experienced during the AnschlussMon, 09 Nov 2015 14:14:00 +0000When New York City Lost Power in 1965, Radio Saved the Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-york-city-lost-power-radio-saved-day-180957194/How the news was reported on the day of the famous blackoutMon, 09 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000The Centuries-Old History of Venice's Jewish Ghettohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/venice-ghetto-jews-italy-anniversary-shaul-bassi-180956867/A look back on the 500-year history and intellectual life of one of the world's oldest Jewish quartersFri, 06 Nov 2015 18:28:50 +0000Construction Workers Find 200-Year-Old Bodies Buried Just a Few Feet Below Greenwich Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-york-bones-two-centuries-old-found-manhattan-work-crew-180957183/Two crypts uncovered near Washington Square Park a reminder of New York City’s pastFri, 06 Nov 2015 15:46:26 +0000The Man Who Changed Reading Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/aldus-manutius-printing-typeface-typography-italics-venice-180956855/The Venetian roots of revolutionary modern book printer Aldus Manutius shaped books as we know them todayFri, 06 Nov 2015 13:41:59 +0000A Look Inside Howard Carter's Tutankhamun Diaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/uncovering-tutankhamuns-tomb-180957168/The famed archaeologist took detailed notes of what he found inside King Tut's tombThu, 05 Nov 2015 16:27:03 +0000New Winged Dinosaur May Have Used Its Feathers to Pin Down Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-winged-dinosaur-may-have-used-its-feathers-pin-down-prey-180957166/Meet "the Ferrari of raptors," a lithe killing machine that could have taken down a young <em>T. rex</em>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Seven Simple Ways We Know Einstein Was Right (For Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-simple-ways-we-know-einstein-was-right-180957157/For the past 100 years, these experiments have offered continued evidence that general relativity is our best description of gravityWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:52:27 +0000The Telegram That Broke News of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fort-sumter-telegram-180957132/After Confederate forces seized Fort Sumter, a U.S. Army officer dashed off this message to WashingtonTue, 03 Nov 2015 16:30:21 +0000The Woman Who Built the Waldorf of the Catskillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/woman-who-built-waldorf-catskills-180957130/Despite her humble origins, Jennie Grossinger learned to play the role of hostessMon, 02 Nov 2015 19:08:30 +0000Why Marquis de Lafayette Is Still America's Best Friendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-marquis-lafayette-still-americas-best-friend-180957086/A conversation with Sarah Vowell about her new book, the American Revolution and what we can learn from the Founding FathersMon, 02 Nov 2015 13:30:00 +0000The Spice That Built Venicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spice-trade-pepper-venice-180956856/The story of an import so prized, royals were literally rolling in itMon, 02 Nov 2015 13:20:00 +0000Arsenic and Old Graves: Civil War-Era Cemeteries May Be Leaking Toxinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arsenic-and-old-graves-civil-war-era-cemeteries-may-be-leaking-toxins-180957115/The poisonous element, once used in embalming fluids, could be contaminating drinking water as corpses rotFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:21:38 +0000A Shipwreck Graveyard Has Been Found Off This Greek Archipelagohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shipwreck-graveyard-has-been-found-greek-archipelago-180957091/A recent expedition to the Fourni islands uncovered piles of ancient cargo, including types of amphorae never before seen on the seafloorThu, 29 Oct 2015 14:32:33 +0000The Grisly Details of Early Anatomy Textbookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/grisly-anatomy-books-smithsonian-library-180957082/These images detail the inner workings of human bodies in all their gruesome gloryThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:31:04 +0000Tiny Terror: Controversial Dinosaur Species Is Just an Awkward Tween Tyrannosaurushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-terror-controversial-dinosaur-species-just-awkward-tween-tyrannosaurus-180957084/Fossil analysis supports the argument that the proposed <em>Nanotyrannus</em> is not its own unique species after allWed, 28 Oct 2015 19:57:04 +0000A Brutal Genocide in Colonial Africa Finally Gets its Deserved Recognition http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brutal-genocide-colonial-africa-finally-gets-its-deserved-recognition-180957073/Activist Israel Kaunatjike journeyed from Namibia to Germany, only to discover a forgotten past that has connections to his own family treeWed, 28 Oct 2015 17:37:26 +0000A Brief History of the Haunted Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-haunted-house-180957008/How Walt Disney inspired the world's scariest Halloween traditionWed, 28 Oct 2015 12:55:05 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do You Make a Mummy? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-do-you-make-mummy-180957059/Mummification has been practiced for eons and the Egyptians are the best known, but not the only practionersTue, 27 Oct 2015 19:25:12 +0000To Stop an Endless Cycle of Corruption, History Says Fix the System, Not the Politicianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-early-20th-century-muckraker-lincoln-steffens-might-offer-21st-century-voter-180957052/A turn-of-the-century muckraker named Lincoln Steffens understood the true problem with a "throw the bums out" strategyTue, 27 Oct 2015 15:40:56 +0000That Time When Alexander Hamilton Almost Dueled James Monroehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/time-when-alexander-hamilton-almost-dueled-james-monroe-180957045/And it was an unlikely ally who put a stop to their petty disputeMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:11:16 +0000Plague Was Infecting Humans 3,300 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plague-was-infecting-humans-3300-years-earlier-thought-180957026/DNA from Bronze Age victims helped pinpoint mutations that allowed the disease to go from localized illness to deadly pandemicThu, 22 Oct 2015 16:15:52 +0000In Wisconsin, Evidence of Human Sacrificehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/in-wisconsin-evidence-of-human-sacrifice/Wisconsin's Aztalan State Park is home a mysterious pyramidal mound built by the prehistoric Native Americans who once lived thereWed, 21 Oct 2015 19:51:23 +0000An Exclusive Look at the Greatest Haul of Native American Artifacts, Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/exclusive-greatest-haul-native-american-artifacts-looted-180956959/In a warehouse in Utah, federal agents are storing tens of thousands of looted objects recovered in a massive stingWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Unraveling the Many Mysteries of Tituba, the Star Witness of the Salem Witch Trialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unraveling-mysteries-tituba-salem-witch-trials-180956960/No one really knows the true motives of the character central to one of America's greatest secretsWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000That Time When Custer Stole a Horsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-custer-stole-thoroughbred-180956961/The theft of a prize-winning stallion gave the famous general a glimpse of a future that could have beenWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Astronauts on the International Space Station Float and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-astronauts-space-station-float-180956965/You asked, we answeredWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Retracing Slavery's Trail of Tearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/slavery-trail-of-tears-180956968/America's forgotten migration – the journeys of a million African-Americans from the tobacco South to the cotton SouthWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Thirty Years Later, We Still Don't Truly Know Who Betrayed These Spieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-unexplained-cold-war-fbi-cia-180956969/Was there a fourth mole in the U.S. intelligence system that blew these secret agents' covers?Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Long-Necked Dinosaurs Pumped Blood to Their Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-long-necked-dinosaurs-pumped-blood-their-brains-180957011/Well-preserved fossils include spring-like neck bones that may have helped the giants get blood from their hearts to their headsWed, 21 Oct 2015 14:57:10 +0000What the Heck is Cuneiform, Anyway?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-heck-cuneiform-anyway-180956999/The writing system is 6,000 years old, but its influence is still felt todayTue, 20 Oct 2015 15:58:57 +0000Where Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse Defeated Colonel Custerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/where-sitting-bull-and-crazy-horse-defeated-custer/Custer's Last Stand took place at the Little Bighorn River, where he led over 200 soldiers into battle against thousands of Lakota and Cheyenne warriorsFri, 16 Oct 2015 19:25:20 +0000The Genius of Venicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/genius-of-venice-180956858/The seafaring republic borrowed from cultures far and wide but ultimately created a city that was perfectly uniqueThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:01:23 +0000A Look Back at South Africa Under Apartheid, Twenty-Five Years After Its Repealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-apartheid-south-africa-look-180956945/Segregated public facilities, including beaches, were commonplace, but even today, the inequality persistsThu, 15 Oct 2015 15:42:16 +0000Gary Powers Kept a Secret Diary With Him After He Was Captured by the Sovietshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gary-powers-secret-diary-soviet-capture-180956939/The American fighter pilot who's the focus of Bridge of Spies faced great challenges home and abroadThu, 15 Oct 2015 14:48:18 +0000The Story of the First Mass Murder in U.S. Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-first-mass-murder-us-history-180956927/Howard Unruh’s “Walk of Death” foretold an era in which such tragedies would become all too commonWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:11:54 +0000This State Produces 270 Million Pounds of Popcorn Per Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-state-produces-270-million-pounds-of-po/A large portion of Indiana's economy relies on an invaluable crop: corn. Popcorn plants have perfected the production of our favorite movie snackTue, 13 Oct 2015 20:07:13 +0000New Photos From Apollo Mission Depict the Mundane Daily Tasks of Astronauts at Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-photos-apollo-mission-depict-mundane-daily-tasks-astronauts-work-180956894/From the original film rolls that the astronauts took into space, a work-a-day routine emerges of Apollo mission voyagesMon, 12 Oct 2015 12:48:55 +0000Why Christopher Columbus Was the Perfect Icon for a New Nation Looking for a Herohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-christopher-columbus-was-perfect-icon-new-nation-looking-hero-180956887/Columbus became Columbus in the American Revolution—when the United States sought out an origin story that didn’t involve the BritishFri, 09 Oct 2015 11:30:00 +0000Back to Africa: Ancient Human Genome Reveals Widespread Eurasian Mixhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/back-africa-ancient-human-genome-reveals-widespread-eurasian-mix-180956881/Genes from a 4,500-year-old skeleton from Ethiopia show how migrations shaped modern populationsThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000How the U.S. Army Saved Our National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-army-saved-our-national-parks-180956840/Before the National Park Service, Yellowstone was guarded by the cavalry. Without them, we might not have national parks todayThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:36:23 +0000Alexander Gardner Saw Himself as an Artist, Crafting the Image of War in All Its Brutalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/alexander-gardner-saw-himself-artist-crafting-image-war-all-its-brutality-180956852/The National Portrait Gallery’s new show on the Civil War photographer rediscovers the full significance of Gardner's careerThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:23:34 +0000The Train Station That Has Been Housing the World’s Refugees for More Than a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/train-station-has-been-housing-worlds-refugees-more-century-180956863/Past and present collide at Berlin’s OstbahnhofWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:46:16 +0000Hailed as a Modern-Day Shangri-La, Can This Ecuadorian Town Survive Its Reputation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vilcabamba-ecuador-contested-shangri-la-180956470/Vilcabamba is an idyllic little town—and that's its problemTue, 06 Oct 2015 17:50:56 +0000How Not to Win a Nobel Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-not-win-nobel-prize-180956824/A search through the Nobel archives shows how the history of the famous prize is filled with near misses and flukesMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000