U.S. History

"There Is a Certain Amount of Humor in Checkers"

But if you think this game is easy, you haven't met the Ayshire Lassie, the Black Doctor, the Goose Walk or the Canalejas Cannonball


In the Year 1, Augustus Let the Good Times Roll

The year 2000 is almost upon us, but what in the (Western) world was happening when the counting began?


Piloting Pint-size Planes

Across the country, weekend aviators are sending their remote-controlled model aircraft soaring

Print advertisement for Erector Set, circa 1922

"Hello Boys! Become an Erector Master Engineer!"

With no "hanky-panky gimcracks," A. C. Gilbert's Erector sets taught boys more than just the nuts and bolts


Moving Down the Line

It's pulled and jimmied, tied and lifted —but the 20-ton Jupiter engine finally reaches its new home

A Museum Partnership

Working together, the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries are gaining distinction in Asian art


Looking Back and Ahead

With regret but a legacy of accomplishment, the Secretary plans to leave the Smithsonian in December

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Conveying History Through Song

Bernice Johnson Reagon adds cultural nuance and period flavor to rousing a cappella renditions


Saving Our Treasures

A devoted keeper of the past, the National Museum of American History looks ahead to the Millennium

Bar Codes: Reading Between the Lines


Picturing Pocahontas

An image at the National Portrait Gallery may be the truest account we have of the Indian princess


Who Are Those Guys?

Competition at the West End Fair Demolition Derby, Gilbert, Pennsylvania

Crash, Slam, Boom!

The demolition derby is an American institution— or something like that


The Changing Face of Stone Mountain

In the shadow of a towering Confederate memorial — and a difficult history — a small Georgia town looks to the future


The Steam Locomotive

Even in the computer age, a thousand-ton train driven by fire and water inspires awe


Our Future in Flight

With a new facility in the works, the National Air and Space Museum prepares for the 21st century

Buffalo soldiers of the 25th Infantry, some wearing buffalo robes, Ft. Keogh, Montana

Buffalo Soldiers

For decades, African-American Regulars were the most effective troops on the western frontier

Campaign banner for the ill-fated ticket of President Grover Cleveland and Senator Allen Thurman.

The Vote That Failed

Old style ballots cast illegally in Indiana helped topple a president then he helped topple them

The Smithsonian Castle

Engaging a Child's Mind

At the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, the museums are a classroom for the very young

John Marshall by Henry Inman, 1832

Chief Justice Marshall Takes the Law in Hand

Upsetting Presidents and setting precedents, he helped forge a nation

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