U.S. History


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


Saving the Nation's Flag

After nearly two centuries of exposure, the Star-Spangled Banner gets a much needed overhaul

The Postal Museum

Dispatches from the Past

An exhibition at the Postal Museum commemorates the centennial of the Klondike/Alaska gold rush


Why Save the Flag?

Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner reflects our ongoing effort to establish a more perfect union

This small piece of yellow metal is believed to be the first piece of gold discovered in 1848 at Sutter's Mill in California, launching the gold rush.

A Metal Far From Base

A tiny flake started the rush to California, but where gold is concerned, that isn't the half of it


Long May It Wave

The Smithsonian embarks on an ambitious project to preserve the Star-Spangled Banner


In Vermont, a Valiant Stand for Freedom

At Mount Independence, heroic Americans held off the British in a confrontation that changed the course of the Revolutionary War


Prized Possessions

Drop Cut-Off Valve and Mechanism Model

Catching a Glimpse of America's Industrial Past


The AP Looks Back

150 Years of Capturing the Moment

Shelburne Farms, Vermont

A Pastoral Preserve Faces the Future

At Vermont's Shelburne Farms, a 19th-century showplace fulfills a quest to teach love for the land


Lessons from the Mall

From courses to cruises, the Smithsonian has educational and cultural adventures for everyone

National Museum of Natural History

Backstage at the Museum

Behind the scenes, an expert unites teams and budgets, treasures and cases--reality and dreams


The History of the Doughnut

A look back at the men, women and machines that made America’s favorite treat possible

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