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"
Graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland--or Santa Fe, New Mexico--guarantees a place in the Republic
This month we present the down under travel experiences of longtime editor Edwards Park
It's the star-spangled banner; the anthem it inspired plays on as a musical salute to the stars and stripes
Armed with easel, palette and pencil, George Catlin went west in the 1830s to paint the real "Wild West"
A Smithsonian anthropologist digs for victims of a West Virginia mob murder
A masterpiece in porcelain replays old struggles between Bolshevik and Czarist opponents
In 1918, a hopeful France gave Mrs. Wilson a peace brooch, but peace eluded her husband and the world
The Smithsonian Secretary assembled a devoted team, a remarkable engine and a plane that wouldn't fly
How two brothers in an old Curtiss Robin set a record that's stood for 62 years
A long-lost daguerrotype, made by a black artist in 1847, has lately come to rest at the Smithsonian
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
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
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
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