Articles by Brian Wolly

A lithograph of the Battle of New Orleans, circa 1890

The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the War of 1812

Why did the country really go to war against the British? Which American icon came out of the forgotten war?


History Writers to Watch in 2012

A rundown of historians, authors and bloggers to follow in the coming year

Technicans work on the Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity

Curious About Curiosity? What to Read on the Mars Science Laboratory

The traveling science laboratory launched successfully on Saturday and is scheduled to touch down on the red planet in August 2012


Dinosaur Sighting: A Special Archaeopteryx 150th Anniversary Edition

A visit to Munich meant a pilgrimage to the paleontology museum

A dinosaur you can pet

Blog Carnival #34: Dino Petting Zoo, Tyrannosaurus v. Triceratops and More

In this month's roundup of the best of dino blogs, read about a dinosaur petting zoo, the 10 commandments of paleoart and much more

What are the National Zoo's gorillas plotting?

The List: 5 Reasons Why We Should Worry About an Ape Revolution

With the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we should be prepared in case apes attempt to take over our world


Welcome to Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect is history with all the interesting bits left in. It’s a blog about the larger than life and the strange but true; about memorable names and faces, times and places, told with passion and precision. We don’t expect the blog to have too many limits-we plan to take you to the furthest reaches [...]

Photo of Ryan North

Interview With Ryan North, Creator of Dinosaur Comics

To get a better understanding of where Dinosaur Comics fits in the Venn diagram intersection of dinosaur blogs and web comics, I talked with its creator


The Simpsons Break Into the Smithsonian


Ask Smithsonian 2017

Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair?

Browse these portraits of officers with great facial hair courtesy of the Library of Congress and then vote for your favorite


Would You Eat Dinner 170 Feet in the Air?


UPDATED: Pedro Martinez Enshrined in the National Portrait Gallery


Ten SXSW Food Trucks in Four Days

Lincoln's Whistle-Stop Trip to Washington

On the way to his inauguration, President-elect Lincoln met many of his supporters and narrowly avoided an assassination attempt


UPDATED: Fire in the Natural History Museum's Mechanical Building Under Control; Museum Is Open


Google Art Project Comes to the Smithsonian


Eisenhower's Farewell Speech, 50 Years Later

Ike was the last commander-in-chief born in the 19th century, but his speech foretold of an era that would continue on into the 21st century


Baby Cheetahs Bring Fruitful Year to a Close at the Zoo

Cheetah cubs join the list of new arrivals for 2010

Smithsonian magazine's top 10 articles of 2010.

Our Top 10 Stories of 2010

From scientific mysteries to secrets from the Revolutionary War, here are the most-read stories on this year


A Piece of the AIDS Quilt is a Piece of American History

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