U.S. History

A Love Affair With Life & Smithsonian

An Editor's Note

A book from Smithsonian's editor recounts tales of writers and wars, photographers and Presidents, and the experiences of life in journalism

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Smithsonian Perspectives

As the Institution grows in size and complexity, we are proceeding to decentralize and revitalize its parts

Capitol Hill

Congress Couldn't Have Been This Bad, or Could It?

If you think things are pretty messy on Capitol Hill today, just take a look at what was going on up there a century and a half ago

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Around the Mall & Beyond

The Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, has yet another address: the World Wide Web

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The National Zoo and its branch, the CRC, pioneer conservation biology and seek new ways of support

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Around the Mall & Beyond

To teach science, says the ten-year-old National Science Resources Center, there is nothing better than getting young hands on simple experiments

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Smithsonian Perspectives

Exhibits at the National Museum of American History commemorate our diverse World War II experiences

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Strang the Strange: America's Only King

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En Garde! Maybe M. Emile Was a Lousy Hairdresser, But He Gave His Place Tone

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The Dying Tecumseh and the Birth of a Legend

A sculpture in the Smithsonian collection reveals much about how the Indians of the West were viewed in the early ages of the United States

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Around the Mall & Beyond

The Smithsonian Associates have a 'national treasure' in their midst, but shhh, don't tell...

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Smithsonian Perspectives

As part of our 150th-anniversary celebration, we're going to take 150 museum treasures on the road

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One Thousand and One Ways of Saying Uncle

Sam meddles shamelessly in U.S. politics and carries on with Miss Liberty, but nobody knows for sure exactly where he came from

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It's Hard to Believe One Man Held Sway Over All This Land

But it's true. In the mid-1800s Lucien Maxwell, a dauntless former mountain man, ruled a huge chunk of New Mexico and lower Colorado

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Around the Mall & Beyond

In 1939 Moritz Schoenberger, a Hungarian Jew living in Vienna, wanted to join his family in America. His ordeal is told at the National Postal Museum

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The Festival of American Folklife is a popular model for presenting grass-roots culture to the public

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The Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby, a peculiarly American institution, thrives on the U.S. teenage passion for anything that has four wheels and goes fast

Sickle cell anemia

25 Years of Looking for the Unexpected

Over the past quarter-century, the magazine has published more than 2,000 major articles

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The talent and commitment of our volunteers add immeasurably to the well-being of the Smithsonian

"Do You Swear That You Will Well and Truly Try...?"

Trial by jury has had some ups and downs, but it beats what led up to it--trial by combat, and ordeal by fire, water or poison

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