History | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenFri, 16 Nov 2018 19:50:45 +0000How Poetry Soothed a Nation in Mourning for John F. Kennedy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-poetry-soothed-nation-mourning-john-f-kennedy-180970837/First the jolt of shock, then the shroud of sadness struck 55 years agoFri, 16 Nov 2018 19:50:45 +0000The World's First Synthesizer Was a 200-Ton Behemothhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/worlds-first-synthesizer-was-200-ton-behemoth-180970828/Thaddeus Cahill's Telharmonium may not have been a huge success, but it was an important achievement in music historyFri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000How an Unremarkable "Brunch in the Forest" Turned Into the Thanksgiving We Knowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-unremarkable-brunch-forest-turned-thanksgiving-we-know-180970811/A new Sidedoor podcast dives into the holiday's originsThu, 15 Nov 2018 16:01:47 +0000W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-time-together-and-color-book-displays-web-du-bois-visionary-infographics-180970826/His pioneering team of black sociologists created data visualizations that explained institutionalized racism to the worldThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000Mary Katharine Goddard, the Woman who Signed the Declaration of Independencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mary-katharine-goddard-woman-who-signed-declaration-independence-180970816/Likely the United States' first woman employee, this newspaper publisher was a key figure in promoting the ideas that fomented the RevolutionWed, 14 Nov 2018 16:44:51 +0000Scientists Are About to Redefine the Kilogram and Shake Up Our System of Measureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/redefine-kilogram-180970798/After more than 100 years of defining the kilogram according to a metal artifact, humanity is preparing to change the unit based on a constant of natureWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:00:54 +0000The History of First Ladies’ Memoirshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-first-ladies-memoirs-180970797/Freed from the political constraints of living in the White House, these famous women have over the decades shared their personal opinions with the publicTue, 13 Nov 2018 19:47:35 +0000Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-walking-legos-hurts-more-walking-fire-or-ice-180970784/Everything you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocksTue, 13 Nov 2018 16:38:30 +0000A Smithsonian Sports Curator Explains How Athletes Turn Social and Political Issues into National Conversationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smithsonian-sports-curator-explains-how-athletes-turn-social-and-political-issues-national-conversations-180970778/<em>Atlantic</em> staff writer Frank Foer interviews Damion Thomas about athletes moving from a position of apathy to engagementTue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:50 +0000Three Centuries After His Beheading, a Kinder, Gentler Blackbeard Emergeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/Recent discoveries cast a different light on the most famous—and most feared—pirate of the early 18th centuryTue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000Hartley Edwards Played “Taps” on this Bugle After World War I to Honor the Fallenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hartley-edwards-played-taps-bugle-after-world-war-i-honor-fallen-180970752/But the bugler remembered the story a bit wrong. A century later, a curator sets the record straightFri, 09 Nov 2018 13:00:36 +0000The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s 'Outlaw King'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-robert-bruce-scotlands-outlaw-king-180970756/Chris Pine stars as the Netflix film’s eponymous hero, who secures his country’s independence but leaves behind a tangled legacyThu, 08 Nov 2018 19:45:18 +0000The Scars of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-scars-war-wwi-photo-travelogue-180970678/One hundred years after the end of the bloodshed, one photographer finds personal connections to the warThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:41:15 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/Dated to at least 40,000 years old, the depiction of a cattle-like animal has striking similarities to ancient rock art found in other parts of the worldWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000In 1868, Two Nations Made a Treaty, the U.S. Broke It and Plains Indian Tribes are Still Seeking Justice https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/The American Indian Museum puts the 150-year-old Fort Laramie Treaty on view in its "Nation to Nation" exhibitionWed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Learn About Renia Spiegel, the Author of an Unforgettable Holocaust Diary, by Hearing From Her Family Who Survivedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/watch-livestream-renia-spiegel-diary-event-180970654/In an event held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Bellak recalls the remarkable story of her sisterTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:25:44 +0000Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/A new book argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome's endTue, 06 Nov 2018 15:31:31 +0000The Archaeologist Who Helped Mexico Find Glory in Its Indigenous Pasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologist-who-helped-mexico-find-glory-its-past-180970700/Disrupting a stereotype of Mesoamerican savagery, Zelia Nuttall brought the ingenuity of Aztec civilization to the foreMon, 05 Nov 2018 18:07:23 +0000How Three Doughboys Experienced the Last Days of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-three-doughboys-experienced-last-days-world-war-i-180970701/The end of the war was a welcome reprieve for these three American soldiers, eager to return homeMon, 05 Nov 2018 15:28:12 +0000This South Carolina Cabin Is Now a Crown Jewel in the Smithsonian Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/south-carolina-cabin-has-become-crown-jewel-smithsonian-collections-180970681/The 16- by 20-foot dwelling once housed the enslaved; a new podcast tells its story Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000Ritual Cemeteries—For Cows and Then Humans—Plot Pastoralist Expansion Across Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ritual-cemeteries-cows-humans-pastoralist-expansion-across-africa-180970683/As early herders spread across northern and then eastern Africa, the communities erected monumental graves which may have served as social gathering pointsThu, 01 Nov 2018 15:09:16 +0000Why John Leguizamo Is So Invested in Telling the Country About Latino Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-leguizamo-invested-telling-latino-history-180970680/His uproariously inventive one-man show, soon to be shown on Netflix, puts the story of a neglected culture center stage Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Malbone Street Wreck of 1918https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/malbone-street-wreck-1918-180970675/A confluence of circumstances led to the deadly disaster, 100 years ago today, in the New York subway that killed 93Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Nazi Werewolves Who Terrorized Allied Soldiers at the End of WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nazi-werewolves-who-terrorized-allied-soldiers-end-wwii-180970522/Though the guerrilla fighters didn’t succeed in slowing the Allied occupation of Germany, they did sow fear wherever they wentTue, 30 Oct 2018 13:43:03 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Seabiscuit's Hooves To Figure Out How He Was So Fasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/scientists-extract-dna-from-seabiscuits-hooves-to-figure-out-how-he-was-so-fast-180970649/Eighty years ago, the horse famously trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. Did genetics make him an unlikely success?Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:07:30 +0000Why Museums Should Be Proud Polling Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-museums-should-be-proud-polling-sites-180970647/The head of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site calls upon his colleagues to engage with their community by opening their doors to voting Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000As His Remains Are Finally Interred, Powerful Emblems of Matthew Shepard's Life and Memory Come to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-remains-are-finally-interred-powerful-emblems-matthew-shepards-life-and-memory-come-smithsonian-180970639/Judy and Dennis Shepard lay their son to rest at the Washington National Cathedral after donating childhood artwork, photos and a wedding ringFri, 26 Oct 2018 16:31:19 +0000People Feared Being Buried Alive So Much They Invented These Special Safety Coffinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/people-feared-being-buried-alive-so-much-they-invented-these-special-safety-coffins-180970627/For centuries, inventors have been patenting technology to prevent such a nightmare from happeningFri, 26 Oct 2018 15:03:08 +0000A New Museum Honoring America's Veterans Opens in Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-museum-honoring-americas-veterans-opens-ohio-180970637/Personal stories take the place of military artifacts at the new National Veterans Memorial & MuseumFri, 26 Oct 2018 14:52:59 +0000The Deadly Donora Smog of 1948 Spurred Environmental Protection—But Have We Forgotten the Lesson?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-donora-smog-1948-spurred-environmental-protection-have-we-forgotten-lesson-180970533/Steel and zinc industries provided Donora residents with work, but also robbed them of their health, and for some, their livesFri, 26 Oct 2018 13:44:36 +0000In Need of Cadavers, 19th-Century Medical Students Raided Baltimore's Graveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-need-cadavers-19th-century-medical-students-raided-baltimores-graves-180970629/With a half-dozen medical schools and a shortage of bodies, grave robbing thrived—and with no consequences for the culpritsThu, 25 Oct 2018 15:16:34 +0000What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ancient-maize-thousands-years-civilization-america-180970543/It took millennia, but America’s founding farmers developed the grain that would fuel civilizations—and still doesThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Court Case That Inspired the Gilded Age’s #MeToo Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/court-case-inspired-gilded-age-me-too-movement-180970538/A turn-of-the-century trial, the focus of a new book, took aim at the Victorian double standardThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Translator Who Brought a Lost Jewish Poet’s Words to the English-Speaking Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/translator-brought-jewish-poet-words-english-speaking-world-180970555/Raised in the U.S. but a lifelong speaker of Lithuanian, Laima Vince became enamored of Matilda Olkin’s writingWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Becoming Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/becoming-anne-frank-180970542/Why did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Words of a Young Jewish Poet Provoke Soul-Searching in Lithuaniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/young-jewish-poet-words-provokes-soul-searching-lithuania-holocaust-180970540/The recovery of a diary written by a brilliant woman named Matilda Olkin raises trenchant questions about wartime collaborationWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Unforgotten: New Voices of the Holocausthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unforgotten-holocaust-diary-special-section-180970537/Two newly translated diaries by young women murdered in the Holocaust cry out to us about the evils of the past and the dangers of the present Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Hear, O Israel, Save Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hear-o-israel-save-us-renia-spiegel-diary-english-translation-holocaust-poland-180970536/An 18-year-old girl, terrorized by the Nazis, kept a secret journal. Read exclusive sections from it here, presented in English for the first timeWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Searing, Continued Relevance of Diaries From a Genocidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/searing-continued-relevance-diaries-from-genocide-180970535/Young people caught in the crossfire of history provide fearless accounts of the horrors of war—and shatter our complacency in real timeWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How an Astonishing Holocaust Diary Resurfaced in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/astonishing-holocaust-diary-hidden-world-70-years-resurfaced-america-180970534/Hidden for 70 years, a new invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature—the diary of Renia Spiegel—was rediscovered inside a desk in New YorkWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000World War I Handmade American Flag to Stay in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-i-handmade-american-flag-stay-scotland-180970594/The Smithsonian Institution extends its loan of the historic artifact to Islay—a small island with a big heartWed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Preserving Negro League History Has Never Been Easier, or Harder, Depending on Who You Askhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/preserving-negro-league-history-has-never-been-easier-or-harder-depending-who-you-ask-180970614/While digitization of old newspapers has led to a statistical renaissance in baseball archives, the stories of those who played the game are being lostTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:15:00 +0000The Bison Returns to the Great American Plainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bison-returns-wilds-america-180970547/After years of fierce debate, the West’s greatest symbol will again roam the countrysideTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000When Churchill Dissed Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-churchill-dissed-america-180970541/Our exclusive first look at the diaries of King George VI reveals the Prime Minister's secret hostility to the United StatesTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Wine Reveals Missing Pieces of Ancient Sicilian Culture https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-wine-reveals-missing-pieces-ancient-sicilian-culture-180970597/In a 5,000 year-old jar, archaeologists discovered the remnants of wineSat, 20 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Shrewd Press Agent Who Transformed William Cody Into Larger-Than-Life Buffalo Billhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/shrewd-press-agent-who-transformed-william-cody-into-larger-than-life-buffalo-bill-180970591/"Arizona John" Burke perfected the art of hype that converted a bison hunter into a symbol of national characterFri, 19 Oct 2018 18:41:12 +0000The Woman Who Made a Device to Help Disabled Veterans Feed Themselves—and Gave It Away for Freehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-who-made-device-help-disabled-veterans-feed-themselvesand-gave-it-away-free-180970321/World War II nurse Bessie Blount went on to become an inventor and forensic handwriting expertWed, 17 Oct 2018 16:03:21 +0000Two Decades Ago, John Glenn’s Encore Space Flight Lifted U.S. Spiritshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-decades-ago-john-glenns-encore-space-flight-lifted-us-spirits-180970512/Two cameras tell the tale of the first American to orbit Earth and his return to space 36 years laterWed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000The True Story of Misty of Chincoteague, the Pony Who Stared Down a Devastating Nor'Easterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-misty-chincoteague-once-stared-down-barrel-storm-180970557/The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 was a horse of another colorTue, 16 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Dawn of Television Promised Diversity. Here’s Why We Got “Leave It to Beaver” Insteadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dawn-television-promised-diversity-heres-why-we-got-leave-it-beaver-instead-180970548/Using original archival research and FBI blacklist documents, a new book pieces together the intersectional narratives that never made it on airMon, 15 Oct 2018 16:13:53 +0000How Chicago Transformed From a Midwestern Outpost Town to a Towering Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-chicago-transformed-from-midwestern-outpost-town-to-towering-city-180970526/The Windy City spurred its miraculous growth by building canals, laying sewers and jacking up buildingsFri, 12 Oct 2018 16:47:31 +0000Underwater Archaeologists May Have Discovered the Oldest Shipwreck in Lake Erie https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/underwater-archaeologists-may-have-discovered-oldest-shipwreck-lake-erie-180970503/After an ill-fated journey hauling boulders sank it, the Lake Serpent is at last ready to tell its storyWed, 10 Oct 2018 16:24:50 +0000The Fascinating Story of the Texas Archives War of 1842https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fascinating-story-texas-archives-war-1842-180970470/Far from consequential, the battle over where the papers of the Republic of Texas should reside reminds us of the politics of historical memoryTue, 09 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Proteins From Unwashed Dishes Reveal the Diets of a Lost Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-proteins-unwashed-dishes-reveal-diets-lost-civilization-180970481/Material pulled from ceramic sherds reveals the favored foodstuffs in the 8,000-year-old city of Çatalhöyük in TurkeyMon, 08 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The 19th-Century Fight Against Bacteria-Ridden Milk Preserved With Embalming Fluidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/19th-century-fight-bacteria-ridden-milk-embalming-fluid-180970473/In an unpublished excerpt from her new book <i>The Poison Squad</i>, Deborah Blum chronicles the public health campaign against tainted dairy productsFri, 05 Oct 2018 15:22:02 +0000The True Native New Yorkers Can Never Truly Reclaim Their Homelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-native-new-yorkers-can-never-truly-reclaim-their-homeland-180970472/Nearly 400 years after the alleged “sale of Manhattan,” some Lenape strive to reawaken their cultural heritage on the islands where their ancestors thrivedFri, 05 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Viking Chess Pieces May Reveal Early Whale Hunts in Northern Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/viking-chess-pieces-may-reveal-early-whale-hunts-northern-europe-180970466/The board game <i>hnefatafl</i>, commonly called Viking chess, pits an attacking player against another trying to defend the kingThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:25:28 +0000San Francisco's 'Early Days' Statue Is Gone. Now Comes the Work of Activating Real Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/san-francisco-early-days-statue-gone-now-comes-work-activating-real-history-180970462/The racist sculpture's end comes at a “tipping point for the politics of Native American memory,” says the director of the American Indian MuseumThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixtyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/paddington-bear-turns-sixty-180970439/Celebrating the October 1958 publication of <em>A Bear Called Paddington,</em> Smithsonian Libraries takes a look at several pop-up books Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:22:28 +0000The Screenwriting Mystic Who Wanted to Be the American Führerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-screenwriting-mystic-who-wanted-be-american-fuhrer-180970449/William Dudley Pelley and his Silver Shirts were just one of many Nazi-sympathizers operating in the United States in the 1930sWed, 03 Oct 2018 13:05:29 +0000The Raid on Bermuda That Saved the American Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/raid-bermuda-saved-american-revolution-180970375/How colonial allies in the Caribbean pulled off a heist to equip George Washington's Continental Army with gunpowderMon, 01 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Would Baseball have Become America’s National Pastime Without Baseball Cards?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-baseball-have-become-americas-national-pastime-without-baseball-cards-180970406/Tobacco companies spurred the mania, but artistry won the hearts of collectorsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:41 +0000The Deadliest Massacre in Reconstruction-Era Louisiana Happened 150 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-deadliest-massacre-reconstruction-era-louisiana-180970420/In September 1868, Southern white Democrats hunted down around 200 African-Americans in an effort to suppress voter turnout Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Film Festival Examines African-American Life Through Dozens of Distinct Lenseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-film-festival-examines-african-american-life-through-dozens-distinct-lenses-1-180970404/The first of its kind, the late-October event brings together perspectives both historical and contemporaryThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Dead Beneath London's Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dead-beneath-londons-streets-180970385/Human remains dating back to the Roman Empire populate the grounds below the surface, representing a burden for developers but a boon for archaeologistsTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000'Axis Sally' Brought Hot Jazz to the Nazi Propaganda Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/axis-sally-and-art-propaganda-180970327/The voice of Nazi Germany’s U.S. radio disinformation campaigns would have had great success in the media landscape of todayTue, 25 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0000Tracing the Mysterious "Turks" of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tracing-mysterious-turks-of-south-carolina-back-revolutionary-war-180970383/For generations, this ethnic group was shunned, but new research sheds light on its originsMon, 24 Sep 2018 18:19:12 +0000Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Fluhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/philadelphia-threw-wwi-parade-gave-thousands-onlookers-flu-180970372/The city sought to sell bonds to pay for the war effort, while bringing its citizens together during the infamous pandemicFri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Should the Nobel Prizes Take a Year Off?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-nobel-prizes-take-year-180970359/An award designed to go to those who benefit all humanity has a history of prejudice and controversyThu, 20 Sep 2018 18:27:32 +0000How the Remnants of Human Poop Could Help Archaeologists Study Ancient Populationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remnants-human-poop-help-archaeologists-study-ancient-populations-180970337/Undigested molecules persist in soil for hundreds or even thousands of years, acting as biomarkers that show the ebbs and flows of bygone civilizationsThu, 20 Sep 2018 17:40:20 +0000How the History of Merit Badges Is Also a Cultural History of the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-merit-badges-cultural-history-united-states-180970306/Over the years, scouting has encouraged boys and girls to be prepared for the world around themThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:54:04 +0000Is All Still Quiet on the Western Front?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/is-all-still-quiet-on-western-front-world-war-i-180970313/A hundred years after the “war to end all wars” ended, a journey to the front lines of World War I reveals the poignant battles and their tragic legaciesThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:17:32 +0000Zooming In on Petrahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/petra-jordan-drone-3d-scan-digital-modeling-180970310/How digital archaeologists are using drones and cutting-edge cameras to recreate the spectacular 2,000-year-old ruins in JordanThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:00 +0000What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Rotating? and More Questions From our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happen-earth-stopped-rotating-180970312/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behold-america-american-dream-slogan-book-sarah-churchwell-180970311/A new book from historian Sarah Churchwell examines the etymologies of two ubiquitous phrasesThu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/museums-visit-free-museum-day-180970317/Museums and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000Traveling the World Was Never the Same Once the Boeing 747 Debutedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/traveling-world-never-same-once-boeing-747-debuted-180970308/Wave goodbye to the beloved jet that took us to new heightsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:42:36 +0000