Who knew that there existed a time when some of our staples of modern eating habits — the use of forks, the existence of lunch, and, unfortunately, the ubiquitous super-sized drinks found at every fast food chain around the U.S — did not exist. Forks are taken for granted in modern western eating, yet relatively [...]
June 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
This week, learn about past Olympians, get funky with George Clinton and other music legends, and kick off this summer's Folklife Festival.
June 26, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
This weekend, celebrate the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, watch some Hollywood classic films and take the kids to the zoo.
June 21, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Today is Juneteenth! That’s the day we solemnly remember one of the greatest horrors in American history, or not, since it’s not an official holiday. Although Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it didn’t impact slaves in Texas for more than two years, until June 19, 1865. As Kenneth C. Davis wrote last [...]
June 19, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Jenny McCarthy and Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a Taliban commander in Pakistan, have at least one thing in common: they are both paranoid about vaccination. Bahadur blocked a vaccination campaign, scheduled to start in a few days, that would have reached 161,000 children in North Waziristan. Unlike McCarthy, the Taliban commander is not worried that vaccinations [...]
June 18, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Two hundred years ago today, a 36-year old America declared war, for the second time, against Great Britain. The plan was to conquer Canada and wrest North America for the United States once and for all. But, by pretty much all measures, the war was a total mess… It began in confusion, with the United [...]
June 18, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The Rodney Dangerfield of wars in the United States, the 19th-century conflict is given great respect by our Northern neighbors
June 18, 2012 | By John Hanc
Before the burning of the White House, the First Lady saved some red draperies. Could she have made a dress from them?
June 15, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Kick off this Father's Day weekend with these events for the whole family.
June 14, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Historian Erik Rutkow argues in a new book that forests are key to understanding how our nation developed and who we are today
June 14, 2012 | By Amy Crawford
The medical report from Charles Leale, the first doctor to tend to the dying president, was discovered at the National Archives. Smithsonian curator Harry Rubenstein shares his thoughts
June 12, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
This weekend celebrate World Oceans Day, 100 Years of Girl Scouts and hat designer, Lula Mae Reeves
June 07, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
The former Secretary of State speaks about the importance of immigrants, being the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government, and her famous diplomatic pins.
June 05, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
From now through Friday, you have the chance to help decide which icon of American History will be featured in a new portrait by artist Robert Weingarten
May 24, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
This weekend, air out your dirty laundry, live the life of "aloha" and check out the American Art Museum's latest exhibit.
May 24, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Why did the country really go to war against the British? Which American icon came out of the forgotten war?
May 22, 2012 | By Tony Horwitz and Brian Wolly
The guitarist and singer pioneered the genre of Go-Go and became intricately connected with DC's cultural identity
May 17, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Curator Larry Bird tells of the adventure—from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Washington, D.C.
May 15, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Celebrate living well with Mom this weekend at Garden Fest, the Bolivian Festival and at the Steinway series with Mendelssohn Piano Trio.
May 10, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
This week, get a book signed by New Orleans specialist Carolyn Morrow Long, enjoy a concert by the Encore Chorale, and discover the real Aaron Burr in a lecture by H.W. Brands.
May 07, 2012 | By Aviva Shen