History | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 23 Jan 2018 15:07:23 +0000How Dodge City Became a Symbol of Frontier Lawlessnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-dodge-city-became-symbol-frontier-lawlessness-180967912/Fake news and smoking guns gave the Kansas town its reputation as the ultimate wild westTue, 23 Jan 2018 15:07:23 +0000Rare Footage of FDR Walking With Leg Braceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-footage-of-fdr-walking-with-leg-braces/FDR contracted polio at the age of 39, which left his legs partially paralyzed. Fearing this would impact his bid for presidency, he came to an agreementTue, 23 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Fighter Jet Turned the Tide During Vietnam's Decisive Tet Offensivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this--fighter-jet-helped-turn-tide-during-vietnams-decisive-tet-offensive-180967901/Fifty years ago, America won this huge battle, but lost the warTue, 23 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0000Probing the Paradoxes of Native Americans in Pop Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/probing-paradoxes-native-americans-pop-culture-180967906/A new exhibition picks apart the cultural mythologies surrounding the first “Americans”Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:01:39 +0000How the Civil War Taught Americans the Art of Letter Writinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-civil-war-taught-americans-art-letter-writing-180967913/Soldiers and their families, sometimes barely literate, wrote to assuage fear and convey loveMon, 22 Jan 2018 20:04:46 +0000This Priest Witnessed the 9/11 Pentagon Plane Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-priest-witnessed-the-911-pentagon-plan/Father Stephen McGraw has just witnessed Flight 77 crash into the west wall of the PentagonMon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Great Los Angeles Air Raid Terrified Citizens—Even Though No Bombs Were Droppedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/great-los-angeles-air-raid-terrified-citizenseven-though-no-bombs-were-dropped-180967890/The WWII “battle” was an example of what happens when the threat of attack feels all too realFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:41:27 +0000Why Did the U.S. Sink Captured Japanese Subs After WWII?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-did-the-us-sink-captured-japanese-subs/WWII had come to a close, and the U.S. was the first to seize a new class of giant Japanese submarines. The next step was to analyze them quicklyFri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000In 1968, When Nixon Said “Sock It To Me” on <i>Laugh-In,</i> TV Was Never Quite the Same Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1968-when-nixon-said-sock-it-me-laugh-tv-was-never-quite-same-again-180967869/The show's rollicking one-liners and bawdy routines paved the way for <i>Saturday Night Live</i> and other cutting-edge television satireFri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Sixty Years Ago, Willie O'Ree Broke the NHL's Color Barrierhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sixty-years-ago-willie-oree-broke-nhls-color-barrier-180967877/A debilitating eye injury and racial epithets weren't enough to derail the player's resolve Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:07:16 +0000From Helping Shut-Ins to Sisterly Advice, Mail-Order Magazines Did More Than Just Sell Thingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/helping-shut-ins-sisterly-advice-mail-order-magazines-did-more-just-sell-things-180967857/The cheap monthly publications that flooded rural homes offered more than just advertising—they also provided companionshipThu, 18 Jan 2018 14:55:26 +0000The TV Show ‘Black Lightning’ Gives the Superhero World a Jolt of Social Justicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tv-show-black-lightning-gives-superhero-world-jolt-social-justice-180967864/For the protagonist of WB’s new comic book show, community and family come firstWed, 17 Jan 2018 21:35:51 +0000This Tiny French Archipelago Became America’s Alcohol Warehouse During Prohibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tiny-french-archipelago-became-americas-illegal-warehouse-during-prohibition-180967868/Before the 21st amendment was ratified, remote islands off Canada’s Newfoundland province floated on a sea of whiskey and wineWed, 17 Jan 2018 20:40:17 +0000The True Story of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/true-story-assassination-gianni-versace-180967860/Did the designer meet his killer seven years earlier?Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:49:36 +0000A Doomed Aircraft Is Left to Fly Until It Runs Out of Fuelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/out-of-fuel/Learjet 35 was a doomed plane, flying miles off course and with passengers and crew presumed deadWed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Here's My Problem With the Google Arts & Culture Face-Matching App https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-my-problem-google-arts-culture-face-matching-app-180967843/Kim Sajet, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, offers ideas to make it betterTue, 16 Jan 2018 22:08:01 +0000What the Batmobile Tells Us About the American Dreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-batmobile-tells-us-about-american-dream-180967846/Fans of DC Comics will go batty for this new installation at the National Museum of American HistoryTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:23:34 +0000Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/intense-footage-of-kamikaze-attacks-during-wwii/U.S. marines faced a battle unlike any they had faced before: the Japanese intentionally crashed over 1,900 planes in suicide kamikaze dives on themTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Sixty-Five Years Later, the Queen Recalls Her Coronationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-five-years-later-queen-recalls-her-coronation-180967828/New Smithsonian Channel special has rare Queen Elizabeth II interview and offers a closeup of the Crown JewelsFri, 12 Jan 2018 21:32:27 +0000Deeply Grieving MLK’s Death, Activists Shaped a Campaign of Hurt and Hopehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/deeply-grieving-martin-luther-kings-death-activists-shaped-campaign-about-hurt-and-hope-180967822/At Resurrection City, an epic 1968 demonstration on the National Mall in Washington D.C., protesters defined the next 50 years of activismFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:51:32 +0000This Theologian Helped MLK See the Value of Nonviolencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/this-theologian-helped-mlk-see-value-nonviolence-180967821/Minister, theologian and mystic Howard Thurman had a profound influence on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:22:16 +0000How Proteins Helped Scientists Read Between the Lines of a 1630 Plague Death Registryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-proteins-helped-scientists-read-between-lines-1630-plague-death-registry-180967811/New tech reveals bacterial contamination, what scribes were eating and how many rats were aroundFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:32:15 +0000What America's First Cookbook Says About Our Country and Its Cuisinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-americas-first-cookbook-says-about-our-country-its-cuisine-180967809/An 18th-century kitchen guide taught Americans how to eat simply but sumptuouslyFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000Ten Myths About the 1918 Flu Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ten-myths-about-1918-flu-pandemic-180967810/The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrongFri, 12 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-women-broke-into-male-dominated-world-cartoons-illustrations-180967803/A new exhibition at the Library of Congress highlights female artists and their contributions to comic strips, magazine covers and political cartoonsThu, 11 Jan 2018 18:24:26 +0000The Reporter Who Helped Persuade FDR to Tell the Truth About Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/reporter-who-helped-persuade-fdr-tell-truth-about-war-180967787/After witnessing the bloody struggle with Japan, Robert Sherrod thought the public should face the 'cruel' factsThu, 11 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Hitler Created a Fictional Persona To Recast Himself as Germany's Saviorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hitler-created-fictional-persona-to-recast-himself-as-germanys-savior-180967790/In 1923, Adolf Hitler wrote an embellished autobiography to convince Germans he was their natural leaderWed, 10 Jan 2018 17:14:09 +0000A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure Ever Found in Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/search-lost-hammer-led-largest-cache-roman-treasure-ever-found-britain-180967263/Today, archaeologists are still debating just how old the hoard is—and what it tells us about the end of the Roman Empire in BritainTue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000These Cloths Tell the Story of the Worst Humanitarian Crisis of This Generationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-cloths-tell-story-worst-humanitarian-crisis-this-generation-180967767/At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the strips of fabric, written in blood and rust, serve as a testament to Syria's disappearedMon, 08 Jan 2018 16:03:01 +0000Evidence Suggests Stonehenge Was an Elite Cemeteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/evidence-suggests-stonehenge-was-an-elite-ce/Scientists have little doubt that Stonehenge functioned as a Neolithic cemeteryMon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Kielce: The Post-Holocaust Pogrom That Poland Is Still Fighting Overhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kielce-post-holocaust-pogrom-poland-still-fighting-over-180967681/After World War II, Jewish refugees found they could never return to their native land—a sentiment that some echo todayMon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000What's an Ancient Roman Temple Doing in Armenia?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/whats-ancient-roman-temple-doing-armenia-1-180967756/Shrouded in mystery, the Temple of Garni offers a rare glimpse into pre-Christian CaucasiaFri, 05 Jan 2018 18:12:53 +0000The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Teslahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/extraordinary-life-nikola-tesla-180967758/The eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags lifeFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:27:30 +0000Rage Against the Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rage-against-machine-secne-1968-democratic-convention-180967500/A short story reimagines the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the chaos that shocked the worldFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:47:45 +0000The Ghosts of My Laihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ghosts-my-lai-180967497/In the hamlet where U.S. troops killed hundreds of men, women and children, survivors are ready to forgive the most infamous American soldier of the warFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:35:13 +0000How the Presidency Took Control of America's Nuclear Arsenalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-presidency-took-control-americas-nuclear-arsenal-180967747/From Truman onwards, the ability to order a nuclear strike has shaped the officeFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Forensic Test Reveals a Mummy's Travels Before Deathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/forensic-test-reveals-a-mummys-travels-befo/A ground-breaking scientific technique is tracing the life of one of the bog bodies of Northern EuropeFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Genetics Rewrites the History of Early America—And, Maybe, the Field of Archaeologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetics-rewrites-history-early-america-and-maybe-field-archaeology-180967745/The genome of an infant from Upward Sun River, Alaska offers tantalizing insight into the story of human migrationThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:39:47 +0000Teen Idol Frankie Lymon's Tragic Rise and Fall Tells the Truth About 1950s Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/teen-idol-frankie-lymon-tragic-rise-fall-tells-truth-1950s-america-180967506/The mirage of the singer's soaring success echoes the mirage of post-war tranquility at homeThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000A Timeline of 1968: The Year That Shattered Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/timeline-seismic-180967503/The nation is still reckoning with the changes that came in that fateful yearThu, 04 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Gladiator Teeth Reveal Signs of Infant Malnourishmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/gladiator-teeth-reveal-signs-of-infant-malno/By all accounts, Roman gladiators were the rock stars of their day, performing in a packed coliseum to a crowd of thousandsThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Inside the Story of America’s 19th-Century Opiate Addictionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-americas-19th-century-opiate-addiction-180967673/Doctors then, as now, overprescribed the painkiller to patients in need, and then, as now, government policy had a distinct biasThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Where RFK Was Killed, a Diverse Student Body Fulfills His Vision for Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rfk-killed-diverse-student-body-fulfills-vision-america-180967511/At the site of Robert Kennedy's assassination, the kids at a Los Angeles public school keep his spirit aliveWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Top Ten Most Important Ancient Documents Lost to Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-ten-most-important-ancient-documents-lost-history-180967495/Either due to conquest or simply the ravages of time, these founding papers of civilizations around the world will remain mysteries foreverWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Thomas Edison’s Forgotten Sci-Fi Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thomas-edisons-forgotten-sci-fi-novel-180967672/By feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mindWed, 03 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +00001968: The Year That Shattered Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1968-year-shattered-america-180967684/Take a look at the featured articles from our special 1968 double issueTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:12:25 +0000Revisiting Vietnam 50 Years After the Tet Offensivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/revisiting-vietnam-50-years-after-tet-offensive-180967501/The battles of 1968 are long over. But the struggle to confront the truth goes onTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:35 +0000The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/revisiting-sanitation-workers-strike-180967512/In his final days, Martin Luther King Jr. stood by striking sanitation workers. We returned to the city to see what has changed—and what hasn’tTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-ago-protestors-took-on-miss-america-pageant-electrified-feminist-movement-180967504/Miss America pageant is under new leadership after a sexist email scandal. But the pageant has a long history of controversy—including the 1968 protestsTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Fight Over Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Was a Fight for the Future of the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fight-andrew-johnson-impeachment-fight-future-united-states-180967502/The biggest show in Washington 150 years ago was the trial against the President of the United StatesTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000What <em>The Post</em> Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-the-post-gets-right-wrong-katharine-graham-pentagon-papers-180967677/A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is todayFri, 29 Dec 2017 21:57:03 +0000Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/scientists-recreate-a-stone-age-cremation/A scientist recreates a Stone Age funeral pyre using nothing but resources from that era. The makeshift pyre achieves same temperatures as a crematoriumThu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Bringing Taíno Peoples Back Into Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bringing-taino-peoples-back-history-180967637/An upcoming Smithsonian exhibition explores the legacy of Native peoples in the Greater Antilles and their contemporary heritage movementThu, 28 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000This Mass Grave Discovery Could Alter Roman Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-mass-grave-discovery-could-alter-roman/There's plenty of evidence to suggest that a mass grave discovered in the north of England is a gladiator cemeteryTue, 26 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Woeful Wipeout Made Evel Knievel an Instant Legendhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/woeful-wipeout-made-evel-knievel-instant-legend-180967601/In 1967, a bone-shattering spill at Caesars Palace spawned a career in self-endangermentTue, 26 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000P.T. Barnum Isn't the Hero the "Greatest Showman" Wants You to Thinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-pt-barnum-greatest-humbug-them-all-180967634/His path to fame and notoriety began by exploiting an enslaved woman, in life and in death, as entertainment for the massesFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:39:18 +0000How the Sun Illuminates Spanish Missions On the Winter Solsticehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-sun-illuminates-spanish-missions-on-winter-solstice-180967619/Today, the rising sun shines on altars and other religious objects at many Spanish churches in the U.S. and Latin AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:25:49 +0000Why Iceland's Christmas Witch Is Much Cooler (and Scarier) Than Krampushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-icelands-christmas-witch-much-cooler-and-scarier-krampus-180967605/With roots dating back to the 13th century, Gryla is not to be messed withWed, 20 Dec 2017 16:13:04 +0000How Climate Change and Plague Helped Bring Down the Roman Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-and-disease-helped-fall-rome-180967591/We can learn crucial lessons by examining the natural forces that shaped Rome's rise and fallTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:41:21 +0000This American Doctor Pioneered Abdominal Surgery by Operating on Enslaved Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/father-abdominal-surgery-practiced-enslaved-women-180967589/Glorified with a statue in the U.S. Capitol, Ephraim McDowell is a hero in Kentucky, but the full story needs to be toldTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:38:40 +0000These Photos of the Abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery Document Its Sticky Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photos-abandoned-domino-sugar-refinery-document-sticky-history-180967578/A new photography book uncovers the last days (and lasting legacy) of a New York institutionTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:22:27 +0000The Ten Stories You Didn't Read in 2017 But Should Havehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-most-underrated-stories-2017-180967586/From music behind prison bars to a San Francisco building with a dark past, here are the top 10 pieces we published last year that deserve another lookTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:06:50 +0000In World War II America, Female Santas Took the Reinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/world-war-ii-america-female-santas-took-reins-180967580/Rosie the Riveter wasn’t the only woman who pitched in on the homefrontMon, 18 Dec 2017 20:35:47 +0000How the First Man-Made Nuclear Reactor Reshaped Science and Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-first-man-made-nuclear-reactor-reshaped-science-and-society-180967557/In December 1942, Chicago Pile-1 ushered in an age of frightening possibilityFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:04:49 +0000A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/plea-resurrect-christmas-tradition-telling-ghost-stories-180967553/Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spiritFri, 15 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0000What Happens to All Those Letters Sent to Santa?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-happens-all-those-letters-sent-santa-180967542/Believe it or not, most get answeredThu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000AOL Instant Messenger Taught Us How To Communicate in the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/aol-instant-messenger-taught-us-how-to-communicate-in-modern-world-180967484/As AIM sunsets, let's reflect on its role in preparing people for today's digital messaging methodsMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:13:31 +0000Two Centuries Ago, Pennsylvania Almost Razed Independence Hall to Make Way for Private Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazon-or-independence-hall-development-v-preservation-city-philadelphia-180967463/Fortunately saner minds prevailed when the state thought about tearing down Philadelphia's historic structureMon, 11 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0000Was Enrico Fermi Really the “Father of the Nuclear Age”?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/enrico-fermi-really-father-nuclear-age-180967214/A new book takes a fresh look at the famed scientistMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Greatest Clash in Egyptian Archaeology May Be Fading, But Anger Lives Onhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/greatest-clash-egyptian-archaeology-fading-anger-lives-on-180967452/After 200 years, the sad story of Qurna, a so-called 'village of looters', is coming to a closeMon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:50 +0000Archaeologists Are Only Just Beginning to Reveal the Secrets Hidden in These Ancient Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologoists-only-just-beginning-reveal-secrets-hidden-ancient-manuscripts-180967455/A project to scan documents found in the walls of a remote monastery is reshaping our view of the connections between East and WestMon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best History Books of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ten-best-history-books-2017-180967416/From presidential biographies to a look at the long rise of fake news, these picks will surely interest history buffsThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:10:22 +0000The Deadly Secret Kept From the Titanic's Passengershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-deadly-secret-kept-from-the-titanics-pa/The Titanic was specifically constructed to survive a high-impact collision like the one that sunk herWed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Now There Are Near-Perfect Copies of the Hope Diamondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/now-there-are-near-perfect-copies-hope-diamond-180967372/Scientists created cubic zirconia replicas of the historic gem's previous forms—the original brought from India and the famous "French Blue"Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:35:00 +0000The Daring Journey Across Antarctica That Became a Nightmarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/daring-journey-across-antarctica-became-nightmare-180967223/Everyone knows about Robert Scott’s doomed race to the South Pole in 1911. But on that same expedition three of his men made a death-defying tripTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:53:56 +0000What Does the Future of the Euphrates Spell for the Middle East?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-does-future-euphrates-spell-middle-east-180967224/In the wake of the war against Isis in Iraq, an ominous journey along the once-mighty river finds a new crisis lurking in the shallowsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:42:00 +0000John Travolta’s Breakout Hit Was America’s Best Dance Partyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-travoltas-breakout-hit-was-americas-best-dance-party-180967396/It’s been 40 years since ‘Saturday Night Fever’—a gritty film powered by music, machismo and masterful footwork—became a cultural phenomenonMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:02:29 +0000What Archaeologists and Historians Are Finding About the Heroine of a Beloved Young Adult Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-archaeologists-and-historians-are-finding-about-heroine-beloved-young-adult-novel-180967401/New scholarship reveals details about the Native American at the center of the classic <em>Island of the Blue Dolphins</em>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:07:10 +0000An Exhibit in Illinois Allows Visitors to Talk with Holograms of 13 Holocaust Survivorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/chat-holographic-holocaust-survivor-180967085/The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, opened the new Survivor Stories Experience this fallFri, 01 Dec 2017 20:57:55 +0000One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/one-of-the-worst-man-made-disasters-in-history/Residents of the valley of Vajont in Italy had reservations about a new hydroelectric dam--especially when cracks began to appear in the nearby mountainFri, 01 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Is There Humanity to Be Found Within Serial Killers?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/humanity-found-serial-killers-180967367/A new book tells the complex stories behind murderous women, the so-called “femmes fatales.”Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:22:37 +0000Patty Hearst's Chilling Eulogy for Fallen SLA Membershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/patty-hearsts-chilling-eulogy-for-fallen-sl/When kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst's voice was transmitted on Radio KPFK in 1974, it wasn't the desperate plea for freedom many expectedThu, 30 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000During World War II, Thousands of Women Chased Their Own California Dreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/during-world-war-ii-thousands-women-chased-their-own-california-dream-180967357/For some who moved west for work, this dream was temporary. For others, it lasted a lifetimeWed, 29 Nov 2017 16:24:57 +0000Patty Hearst's Shocking Words After Robbing a Bankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/patty-hearsts-shocking-words-after-robbing/On tape, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst disavowed her family and expressed her support for the Symbionese Liberation ArmyWed, 29 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Ava DuVernay's Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ava-duvernay-visionary-filmmaking-reshaping-hollywood-180967217/Her eye for American history puts her in the vanguard. Her passion for justice makes her a heroTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Mark Bradford’s Paintings Scratch at the Surface of a Conflicted Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mark-bradfords-paintings-scratch-surface-conflicted-america-180967302/The Hirshhorn Museum hosts the artist’s first solo show in WashingtonTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Siblings Were Trapped in a Raging Flood in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-siblings-were-trapped-in-a-raging-floo/On October 9, 1962, Bartolomeo and Margareta Filippin became trapped on the second floor of their house in Longarone, ItalyMon, 27 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000