"Football is on trial," President Theodore Roosevelt declared in 1905. So he launched the effort that saved the game
September 20, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
The showman whom John Lennon immortalized in song was a real performer—a master horseman and Britain's first black circus owner
September 08, 2011 | By Mike Dash
She had the eyes of a sparrow, the neck of a bear and enough business acumen to build an empire as the "Queen of Fences."
September 06, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
No structure in the world is more mysterious than the Great Pyramid. But who first broke into its well-guarded interior, and when? And what did they find there?
September 01, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Known as much for their troubles as their successes, these childhood friends left their mark on early American history
August 12, 2011 | By David O. Stewart
To protect the fruits of their labor and thwart "plant thieves," early American growers enlisted artists
August 2011 | By Daniel J. Kevles
The Irish American immigrant made a fortune by supplying the giant stone coins prized by Yap islanders
July 28, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Civil War scholar Harold Holzer helps to decode what spectators heard when the 16th president spoke
June 07, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
Sketches by Boz, the volume of newspaper columns that became Dickens’ first book, invokes a colorful view of 19th-century England
June 06, 2011 | By Rebecca Dalzell
In 1865, a single photograph was taken during the autopsy of John Wilkes
Booth. Where is it now?
May 06, 2011 | By Ashley Luthern
Of all the images created by the artist Paul Gauguin, none was more striking than the one he crafted for himself
March 2011 | By Ann Morrison
In 1830, a brutal crime in Massachusetts riveted the nation—and inspired the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne
November 2010 | By E.J. Wagner
A pair of woven, beaded garters reflects the spirit of Seminole warrior Osceola
October 2010 | By Owen Edwards
Born in 1860, the famed female sharpshooter skillfully cultivated an image of a daredevil performer with proper Victorian morals
August 12, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
Unknown and forgotten to history, these painters of America's great landscapes are finally getting their due in a new exhibition
July 21, 2010 | By Judith H. Dobrzynski
A letter that took two years to reach its destination evokes the hazards of the Pony Express
May 2010 | By Owen Edwards
Frances Benjamin Johnston's self-portraits show a woman was never content playing just one role
May 2010 | By Victoria Olsen
A chance encounter on a New Orleans dock in 1858 haunted the writer for the rest of his life
May 2010 | By Ron Powers
What happened to Officer John Parker, the man who chose the wrong night to leave his post at Ford's Theater?
April 08, 2010 | By Paul Martin
In 1851, Levi Hill claimed he invented color photography. Was he a genius or a fraud?
April 2010 | By Amanda Bensen