Lorenzo Da Ponte was a hit in Europe: a courtier, a cad, the librettist for Mozart's finest operas. But the New World truly tested his creative powers.
September 2006 | By Christopher Porterfield
In a new book, "Patriot Fire," the author of "Forrest Gump" paints an uncommonly vivid picture of an overlooked chapter in American history -- and its unlikely hero.
August 2006 | By Winston Groom
Stale Mail: The nation's first hot-air balloon postal deliveries barely got off the ground.
August 2006 | By Owen Edwards
In the mid-1800's, "ships of the desert" reported for duty in the Southwest.
July 2006 | By Owen Edwards
The French author's piquant observations on American gumption and political hypocrisy sound remarkably contemporary 200 years after his birth
July 2005 | By Clell Bryant
He made little headway with President Grant, but Red Cloud won over the 19th century's greatest photographers.
June 2005 | By Anne Broache
Twenty-five years ago this month, smallpox was officially eradicated. For the Indians of the high plains, it came a century and a half too late
May 2005 | By Landon Y. Jones
A century and a half ago, Britain's Roger Fenton pioneered the art of war photography
October 2004 | By Vicki Goldberg
Move over, John Wayne. John Lee Hancock's epic re-creation of the 1836 battle between Mexican forces and Texas insurgents casts the mythic massacre in a more historically accurate light
April 01, 2004 | By Bruce Selcraig
Senate staffers come across a historic treasure in a dusty storage room
June 2003 | By Philip Kopper
Born 200 years ago this month, Ralph Waldo Emerson had some strange ideas about the natural world. Recent research suggests they might even be true
May 2003 | By Frederick Turner
Dr. John Gorrie found the competition all fired up when he tried to market his ice-making machine
July 2002 | By Minna Scherlinder Morse
The 19th-century trolley bell may have ding-ding-dinged, but the factory bell clanged the workday
May 2002 | By Kim Roberts
Armed with easel, palette and pencil, George Catlin went west in the 1830s to paint the real "Wild West"
May 2000 | By Edwards Park
Turn-of-the-century artist Abbott Thayer created images of timeless beauty and a radical theory of concealing coloration
April 1999 | By Richard Meryman
Old style ballots cast illegally in Indiana helped topple a president then he helped topple them
November 1998 | By S.J. Ackerman
In 1848 when it came time to declare the rights of women, this tilt-top table provided solid support
October 1998 | By Valerie Jablow
New commemoratives look like our first stamps, which were slow to catch on in 1847
January 1998 | By John Ross
The much-maligned theory of phrenology gets a tip of the hat from modern neuroscience
October 1997 | By Minna Morse
A long-lost daguerrotype, made by a black artist in 1847, has lately come to rest at the Smithsonian
August 1997 | By Edwards Park