U.S. History

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Increase, Diffusion and...Inspiration

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Washington Slept Here

A look at the first president's "best bed" leads to a recollection of the real man and his exemplary life

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Looking to the Future

Five years of heading the Smithsonian continues a proud legacy, but much remains to be done

Uniform worn by George Washington during the American Revolution.

George Washington Slept Here

A great and good man, but bringing him to life in a debunking age is a hard row to hoe

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Mr. Edison Takes a Holiday

At Seminole Lodge, where the inventor wintered over in Fort Myers, Florida, he kept a second lab going strong

Audio Visual Gears Up Long Before Showtime

A Darkness in Donora

When smog killed 20 people in a Pennsylvania mill town in 1948, the clean air movement got its start

A Passion for Learning

The opportunity to broaden one's horizons at the Smithsonian is a job perk to be relished

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Images of African-Americans Illuminate a Proud Past

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Othmar Ammann's Glory

Genius, willpower and thousands of miles of steel wire went into the George Washington Bridge

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Two for the Road

Changes mean a bright future for the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery

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The First Empire Builder of the Northwest

Long before Bill Gates, James J. Hill blazed a technological trail, built a fortune — and tested the government's tolerance for big business

"For a While...It Was Fun"

Then the full force of the storm hit. By the time it had played itself out, Galveston, Texas, was a shambles

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Turning Water to Gold

Confronted with a hill full of gold, miners removed the hill and the gold and left a mess behind

Anacostia Museum

A New Day Begun

Committed to its community, the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum sets lofty goals for the future

"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

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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?

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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

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Moving Down the Line

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

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