February 2010

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Sphinx statue

Uncovering Secrets of the Sphinx

After decades of research, American archaeologist Mark Lehner has some answers about the mysteries of the Egyptian colossus

Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

Picture of Prosperity

For more than half a century the Scurlock Studio chronicled the rise of Washington's black middle class

Venus flytrap captured katydid

The Venus Flytrap's Lethal Allure

Native only to the Carolinas, the carnivorous plant that draws unwitting insects to its spiky maw now faces dangers of its own

Auschwitz gateway

Can Auschwitz Be Saved?

Liberated in 1945, the Nazi concentration camp is one of Eastern Europe's most visited sites—and most fragile

Renoir The Farm at Les Collettes

Renoir Rebels Again

Late in life, the French impressionist's career took an unexpected turn. A new exhibition showcases his radical move toward tradition

Monument Valley Merrick Butte

Behind the Scenes in Monument Valley

The vast Navajo tribal park on the border of Utah and New Mexico stars in Hollywood movies but remains largely hidden to visitors


From the Editor


In praise of contributors, including you

Indelible Images

One Way Out

Carlos Perez could have been an artist or a gangster. Photographer Donna DeCesare helped him choose

My Kind of Town

Well Grounded

She didn't plan on staying, but more than 20 years later novelist Patricia Henley embraces her adopted community

Presence of Mind

Migrations Forced and Free

How the great influx of people from Africa and the Caribbean since 1965 is challenging what it means to be African-American



Readers Respond to the December Issue

This Month in History

February Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

From the Castle

SI in the City

Around the Mall

Local Dinosaurs

At a new dinosaur park in Maryland, children and paleontologists alike have found fossils for a new Smithsonian exhibit

The Object at Hand

Courage in Greensboro

On February 1, four college students sat down to request lunch service at a North Carolina Woolworth's and ignited a struggle

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

Stamp Tact

How the post office can lick other countries at their own game