Articles by Edwards Park

These coins have long been attributed as having come directly from the initial James Smithson's bequest but recent scholarship refutes the claim.

How James Smithson's Money Built the Smithsonian

In 1838, 104,960 sovereigns from the bequest of a learned Englishman were reminted in the U.S. to fund the "increase and diffusion of knowledge"

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Where Plato Is Your Professor

Graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland--or Santa Fe, New Mexico--guarantees a place in the Republic

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Editor at Large: Going the Distance

This month we present the down under travel experiences of longtime editor Edwards Park

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Our Flag Was Still There

It's the star-spangled banner; the anthem it inspired plays on as a musical salute to the stars and stripes

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Portraits on the Plains

Armed with easel, palette and pencil, George Catlin went west in the 1830s to paint the real "Wild West"

The Hatfield clan in 1897

A Tale of Fatal Feuds and Futile Forensics

A Smithsonian anthropologist digs for victims of a West Virginia mob murder

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Reds versus Whites

A masterpiece in porcelain replays old struggles between Bolshevik and Czarist opponents

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Pictures of a Tragedy

Edith Wilson

A Symbol That Failed

In 1918, a hopeful France gave Mrs. Wilson a peace brooch, but peace eluded her husband and the world

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Langley's Feat--and Folly

The Smithsonian Secretary assembled a devoted team, a remarkable engine and a plane that wouldn't fly

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They Flew & Flew & Flew

How two brothers in an old Curtiss Robin set a record that's stood for 62 years

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John Brown's Picture

A long-lost daguerrotype, made by a black artist in 1847, has lately come to rest at the Smithsonian

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The Object at Hand

A bejeweled box from a sorely beset emperor leads to a Yankee dentist, and how he rescued the beautiful empress Eugénie from a Paris mob

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The Inverted Jenny

How an upside-down biplane on a 24-cent stamp, at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, seemed to jinx early attempts at carrying the mail by air

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What a Difference the Difference Engine Made: From Charles Babbage's Calculator Emerged Today's Computer

The incredible world of computers was born some 150 years ago, with a clunky machine dreamed up by a calculating genius named Charles Babbage

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The Object at Hand

There was a time when a cane was the exclamation point to a gentleman's attire, but canes have also been put to a remarkable range of uses

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