History | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:35:23 +0000European Printmakers Had No Idea What Colonial American Cities Looked Like, So They Just Made Stuff Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaccurate-images-america-delighted-18th-century-europe-180969992/To satisfy customers hungry for visions of the British colonies, these artists created wildly imaginative and inaccurate scenesTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:35:23 +0000Rare Color Footage of WWII Navy Hazing Ritualshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-color-footage-of-wwii-navy-hazing-rituals/Many WWII naval recruits serving on U.S. ships had never been away from home. To strengthen their bonds, they organized colorful initiation ritualsTue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Chinese-Born Doctor Who Brought Tofu to Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chinese-born-doctor-who-brought-tofu-america-180969977/Yamei Kin was a scientific prodigy who promoted the Chinese art of living to U.S. audiencesMon, 13 Aug 2018 14:15:04 +0000Why the U.S. Military Pushed $10 Million Worth of Helicopters Overboardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-us-military-pushed-10-million-wor_2/It's 1975, and a small Vietnamese civilian aircraft is desperate to land on the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrierMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why the USSR's First Nuclear Submarine Was a Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-ussrs-first-nuclear-submarine-was-a/The U.S. developed the world's first nuclear submarine in 1954 - and the USSR felt pressured to respondFri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The First Academy Awards Had Its Own Version of the "Popular" Oscarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/subtle-union-busting-roots-original-popular-oscar-1-180969955/The ceremony itself was rooted in union-busting, laying the basis for the art vs. mass acclaim debate we see play out todayThu, 09 Aug 2018 14:41:51 +0000Prospects Are Looking Up for This Gulf Coast Tribe Relocating to Higher Groundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prospects-are-looking-gulf-coast-tribe-relocating-higher-ground-180969932/As Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles slips away, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe plans community renewal and a museum for their new home Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:55:48 +0000Howard Thurston, the Magician Who Disappearedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/howard-thurston-magician-who-disappeared-180969952/Overshadowed by more famous contemporaries, the visionary behind “The Wonder Show of the Universe” left a far-reaching legacyThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How This Brave Young Woman Saved Danish Jews From Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-this-brave-young-woman-saved-danish-jews/Henny Sundig is a pivotal figure in the history of WWII Danish resistance. In 1943, aged just 19, she risked it all to make a daring journey in her boatThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Roots of Samoans' Rise to Football Greatnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-samoans-are-so-overrepresented-nfl-180969935/It all started in Hawaiʻi on Oahu's North Shore, where plantation managers and mormon elders nurtured future generations of football starsWed, 08 Aug 2018 19:28:01 +0000A Rare Glimpse of Pre-War Army Life in Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-rare-glimpse-of-pre-war-army-life-in-color_1/In 1939, America's military was far from the powerful force it is today, with just 600,000 servicemenWed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Wise U.S. Tactic Used to Win the Battle of Midwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-wise-us-tactic-used-to-win-the-battle-_1/For the U.S., the Battle of Midway wasn't just a turning point in the Pacific, it was also a brilliant naval gamble that paid off in spectacular fashionTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Botulism Outbreak That Gave Rise to America’s Food Safety Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/botulism-outbreak-gave-rise-americas-food-safety-system-180969868/In late 1919 and early 1920, scientists and canners worked with the government to protect the public from the deadly toxinFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:56:14 +0000The Massacre of Black Sharecroppers That Led the Supreme Court to Curb the Racial Disparities of the Justice Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/death-hundreds-elaine-massacre-led-supreme-court-take-major-step-toward-equal-justice-african-americans-180969863/White Arkansans, fearful of what would happen if African-Americans organized, took violent action, but it was the victims who ended up standing trialThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:43:41 +0000These Images From 1968 Capture an America in Violent Fluxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/images-1968-capture-america-violent-flux-180969785/A one-room show at the National Portrait Gallery is a hauntingly relevant 50-year-old time capsuleWed, 01 Aug 2018 17:36:17 +0000The Prince Who Preordered Jane Austen’s First Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/prince-who-preordered-jane-austens-first-novel-180969797/The future George IV was a big fan of the author, a feeling she half-heartedly reciprocated with a dedication years laterWed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000When Air Traffic Control Realized a 9/11 Flight Was Gonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/when-air-traffic-control-realized-a-911-fli/As news starts pouring in of an attack on the World Trade Center, concerned air traffic controllers begin to suspect the worstTue, 31 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Children in Internment Camps: A Japanese American's Reflectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/children-in-internment-camps-a-japanese-am/Life for the 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in internment camps was oddly surreal: they could work, study, pray, even join the militaryMon, 30 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Conservative Activist Launched an Effort to Record All Network News Broadcastshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/conservative-activists-quest-preserve-all-network-news-broadcasts-180969761/Convinced of rampant bias on the evening news, Paul Simpson founded the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a repository that continues to grow todayThu, 26 Jul 2018 17:39:44 +0000Guatemalan Immigrant Luisa Moreno Was Expelled From the U.S. for Her Groundbreaking Labor Activismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/guatemalan-immigrant-luisa-moreno-expelled-us-groundbreaking-labor-activism-180969750/The little-known story of an early champion of workers’ rights receives new recognitionWed, 25 Jul 2018 18:39:53 +0000A Jamestown Skeleton is Unearthed, but Only Time—and Science—Will Reveal His True Identityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jamestown-skeleton-unearthed-only-timeand-sciencewill-reveal-his-true-identity-180969748/Jamestown Rediscovery archeologists use new technology to uncover the bones of one of the first English colonistsTue, 24 Jul 2018 21:16:45 +0000A Brief (But Global) History of Ketchuphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-but-global-history-ketchup-180969725/Canada recently slapped a tariff on U.S. exports of ketchup, and the EU plans to do the same. But is the condiment all that American?Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:46:42 +0000What Happened When Violence Broke Out on Cleveland's East Side 50 Years Ago?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/complicated-history-1968-glenville-shootout-180969734/In the summer of 1968, the neighborhood of Glenville erupted in “urban warfare,” leaving seven dead and heightening police-community tensionsTue, 24 Jul 2018 15:26:40 +0000The South Carolina Aristocrat Who Became a Feminist Abolitionisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/south-carolina-aristocrat-who-became-feminist-abolitionist-180969723/After moving to Philadelphia and joining the Quakers, Angelina Grimké rededicated her life to fighting for racial equalityTue, 24 Jul 2018 13:15:54 +0000Stripping Naturalized Immigrants of Their Citizenship Isn’t Newhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stripping-naturalized-immigrants-their-citizenship-isnt-new-180969733/The United States has a history of denaturalization spanning more than a centuryTue, 24 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000How FDR Took the First Steps Towards Ending Prohibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-fdr-took-the-first-steps-towards-ending/In 1932, nine days after his inauguration, President Roosevelt signed an order authorizing the sale of beerTue, 24 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Al Capone Wasn't Your Typical Discreet Gangsterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-al-capone-wasnt-your-typical-discreet-g/Al Capone wasn't just one of the biggest distributers of bootleg alcohol during Prohibition, he also embraced his notoriety in some flamboyant waysMon, 23 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-enslaved-chefs-helped-shape-american-cuisine-180969697/Black cooks created the feasts that gave the South its reputation for hospitalityFri, 20 Jul 2018 14:39:38 +0000The 1964 Olympics Was Pivotal to Postwar Tokyohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-1964-olympics-was-pivotal-to-postwar-tokyo/The economic and infrastructure rebuilding of postwar Tokyo was nothing short of a miracle. It culminated with hosting the 1964 Olympic GamesFri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Soviet Ace Shot Down Nazi Pilots With Great Skill, But Her Feats Are Mostly Forgotten Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/soviet-ace-shot-down-nazi-pilots-with-great-skill-but-her-feats-are-mostly-forgotten-today-180969698/Yekaterina Budanova, who died in combat 75 years ago today, reveals a larger story about the complicated history of women soldiers in the Red ArmyThu, 19 Jul 2018 16:09:52 +0000How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I's Only Attack on American Soilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-tiny-cape-cod-town-survived-world-war-is-only-attack-american-soil-180969691/A century ago, a German U-boat fired at five vessels and a Massachusetts beach before slinking back out to seaThu, 19 Jul 2018 13:36:28 +0000These Sites Connected to Nelson Mandela's Life Are Haunting and Inspiringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nelson-mandelas-south-africa-180969490/Honor the anti-apartheid activist’s legacy by following his footsteps for his 100th birthdayWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:54:36 +000050 Years Ago, the Whole Earth Catalog Launched and Reinvented the Environmental Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/50-years-ago-whole-earth-catalog-launched-reinvented-environmental-movement-180969682/The publication gave rise to a new community of environmental thinkers, where hippies and technophiles found common groundWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:49:17 +0000This Crackerjack Lineup of Baseball Memorabilia Drives Home the Game’s American Essencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crackerjack-lineup-baseball-memorabilia-drives-home-games-american-essence-180969657/A new Library of Congress exhibition includes such treasures as the original 1857 “Magna Carta of Baseball”Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000A 1911 Report Set America On a Path of Screening Out 'Undesirable' Immigrantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1911-report-set-america-on-path-screening-out-undesirable-immigrants-180969636/The Dillingham Commission conducted one of the most extensive investigations on immigration to the U.S. But in the end, bias hijacked its recommendationsMon, 16 Jul 2018 15:14:15 +0000This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cold-war-government-funded-publishing-house-took-american-literature-world-180969624/Funded by the U.S. government, Franklin Publications was viewed as pushing imperialist propagandaFri, 13 Jul 2018 15:45:09 +0000The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/historical-struggle-rid-socialism-sexism-180969610/When it was founded, the Socialist Party of America proclaimed itself as the champion of women's rights. The reality was much more complicatedThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:27:06 +0000Seven Artists Explore New Orleans' Forgotten Historieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artists-tell-untold-histories-new-orleans-tricentennial-180969450/A new exhibit timed to the city's tricentennial explores The Big Easy's diverse and sometimes troubled pastThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:37:32 +0000When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugeeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-bavarian-monastery-provided-home-jewish-refugees-180969587/As World War II ended, Europe’s Jews began the process of rebuilding their lives and families. But few places were like St. OttilienWed, 11 Jul 2018 15:23:31 +0000How Meghan Markle Went From Actress to British Nobilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-meghan-markle-went-from-actress-to-briti/Meghan Markle was an up-and-coming actress when she met and fell in love with Britain's Prince HarryWed, 11 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/50-years-special-olympics-has-given-marginalized-superstars-center-stage-180969584/Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the games offer intellectually disabled athletes the chance to dazzle an international audienceTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:55:55 +0000How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-gay-activists-challenged-politics-civility-180969579/From pie-throwing to shouting down public figures, these groups disturbed the establishment to effect changeTue, 10 Jul 2018 13:39:49 +0000The Deadly Attempt to Assassinate Qin Shi Huanghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-deadly-attempt-to-assassinate-qin-shi-huang/In 230 BC, the armies of the powerful Qin Shi Huang looked set to conquer all before them. But one neighboring kingdom, Yan, had other ideasTue, 10 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Chinese Emperor Was Betrayed by His Mother's Loverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-chinese-emperor-was-betrayed-by-his-mot/China's young emperor, Qin Shi Huang, faced a serious threat to his reign in 238 BC. At the heart of it was his mother, Queen Zhao, and her ambitious loverMon, 09 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Sailor Got Sucked Inside a Fighter Jet Enginehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-sailor-got-sucked-inside-a-fighter-jet/From getting sucked into a fighter jet engine to a misjudged landing by an approaching jet fighter, an active flight deck is a minefield of dangerFri, 06 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feasting-rituals-crucial-step-toward-human-civilization-180969540/These transformative practices—and the cooperation they require—are a cornerstone of societies the world overThu, 05 Jul 2018 13:42:55 +0000How Alcatraz Has Changed Throughout Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-alcatraz-has-changed-throughout-history/Alcatraz has gone from a 'place of evil spirits' in native American lore, to a military prison, to a federal lockupThu, 05 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Meghan Markle and Frances Work Have in Commonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-meghan-markle-and-frances-work-have-in/In the 1880s, Frances Ellen Work, a free-spirited American heiress married James Roche, an Irish baronWed, 04 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000For Hundreds of Years, Papier-Mâché Has Lent a Surreal Face to Catalan Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hundreds-years-papier-mache-surreal-face-catalan-culture-180969526/Street performers disguised as Giants and Big Heads blend reverence with ribaldry at the Smithsonian Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:08:49 +0000What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/founding-fathers-july-4th-result-both-american-revolution-and-food-revolution-180969538/They may not have been hosting a cookout, but they did know how to imbibe and celebrateTue, 03 Jul 2018 18:29:37 +0000The Pickup Truck's Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pickup-trucks-transformation-from-humble-workhorse-to-fancy-toy-180969523/From 'rusty rattletraps' to 'big black jacked-up' rides, the vehicles symbolize blue-collar identity while flaunting bourgeois prosperityTue, 03 Jul 2018 15:17:11 +0000How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-fourth-july-was-celebrated-and-protested-1968-180969524/Headlines from <em>The New York Times</em> reveal how the nation and the world commemorated Independence Day in what had already been a tumultuous yearTue, 03 Jul 2018 15:13:52 +0000What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America's 250th Birthday Celebrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/world-cup-and-250th-180969522/In eight years, the soccer tournament will come to the U.S. just as we mark a major anniversary, providing an opportunity that can't be missedTue, 03 Jul 2018 13:26:02 +0000The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/visionary-john-wesley-powell-had-plan-developing-west-nobody-listened-180969182/Powell’s foresight might have prevented the 1930s dust bowl and perhaps, today’s water scarcitiesTue, 03 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Lighthouse Made Sailing Into San Francisco Bay Saferhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-lighthouse-made-sailing-into-san-franci/With heavy fog and windy conditions, sailing into San Francisco Bay has long been a hazardous affair. Then, in 1870, things got a lot saferTue, 03 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/his-patriotic-birthday-five-facts-about-calvin-coolidge-180969516/On Coolidge’s would-be 146th birthday, celebrate with some little-known facts about our 30th PresidentMon, 02 Jul 2018 18:01:23 +0000Racism Kept Connecticut's Beaches White Up Through the 1970shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/connecticuts-beaches-were-largely-limits-african-americans-through-1970s-180969494/By bussing black kids from Hartford to the shore, Ned Coll took a stand against the bigotry of “armchair liberals”Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:03:32 +0000The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/adventurous-writer-who-brought-Nancy-Drew-to-life-180969479/Mildred Wirt Benson helped invent the fictional teen sleuth who became a generational role modelMon, 02 Jul 2018 14:44:50 +0000Anti-War Protests Turn Violent at 1968 Democratic Conventionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/anti-war-protests-turn-violent-at-1968-democ/It's August 26, 1968, and the Democratic National Convention is about to kick off in Chicago. In the background, scenes of turbulence and unrestMon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Let Us Tell You S'more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/let-us-tell-you-smore-americas-favorite-campfire-treat-180969482/The gooey snack became popular thanks to technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, which brought cheap sweets to the massesFri, 29 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-memory-spanish-civil-war-180969338/How Spain chooses to memorialize Francisco Franco and the victims of his authoritarian regime is tearing the nation apartThu, 28 Jun 2018 14:02:34 +0000The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-revolution-was-just-one-battlefront-huge-world-war-180969444/A new Smithsonian exhibition examines the global context that bolstered the colonists’ fight for independenceThu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-americans-following-footsteps-knights-templar-180969344/Disbanded 700 years ago, the most famous of the medieval Christian orders is undergoing a 21st century revivalThu, 28 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Counterfeit Queen of Soulhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/counterfeit-queen-soul-180969340/A strange and bittersweet ballad of kidnapping, stolen identity and unlikely stardomThu, 28 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/epic-quest-ride-worlds-biggest-wave-180969351/Welcome to the new Mt. Everest of surfing, a notoriously dangerous break off the coast of PortugalWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000This French Town Has Welcomed Refugees for 400 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chambon-french-town-refugees-180969356/For centuries, the people of the mountain village of Chambon-sur-Lignon have opened their arms to the world’s displacedWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000Pushed to the Margins, These Brave People Are Pushing Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pushed-margins-brave-people-pushing-back-180969349/From the American West to the Middle East, the powerless face stark choices when confronted by the powerfulWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Slow Recovery in Puerto Ricohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/puertorico_photo-essay-slow-recoery-180969346/As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches, Puerto Ricans feel not only devastated but abandonedWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000Identity Crisis: Three Photo Essays Highlight the Lives of the Dispossessedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/identity-crisis-three-photo-essays-highlight-lives-dispossessed-180969345/In our chaotic era, there are outcasts—and people who take them inWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politicianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-very-english-scandal-and-trials-closeted-gay-politician-180969454/The new series about 1970s British MP Jeremy Thorpe traces his rise to power, then dramatic fall, complete with charges of a conspiracy to murderWed, 27 Jun 2018 13:34:36 +0000Fifty Years Ago, Airline Diplomacy Sought to Bring the U.S. and U.S.S.R. Closer Togetherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-airline-diplomacy-sought-bring-us-ussr-together-180969350/Hopes for a Cold War détente were sky high when the first American and Soviet flights took off 50 years agoWed, 27 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Preservation Battle of Grand Centralhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/preservation-battle-grand-central-180969446/Forty years ago, preservationists—including a former First Lady—fought to maintain the integrity of New York City’s historic railway stationTue, 26 Jun 2018 16:35:38 +0000Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millenniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/buried-ash-vesuvius-scrolls-are-being-read-new-xray-technique-180969358/A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from the early days of Western civilizationTue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Raging Controversy at the Border Began With This Incident 100 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/raging-controversy-border-began-100-years-ago-180969343/In Nogales, Arizona, the United States and Mexico agreed to build walls separating their countriesTue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000A Century Ago, the Romanovs Met a Gruesome Endhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/romanovs_helen-rappaport-new-book-180969336/Helen Rappaport’s new book investigates if the family could have been savedMon, 25 Jun 2018 17:49:08 +0000Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beyond-headlines-catalan-culture-has-long-history-vibrancy-and-staying-power-180969294/The autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia takes center stage at this summer's Smithsonian Folklife FestivalMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unfurling-rich-tapestry-armenian-culture-180969251/This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will offer a window on Armenian visions of homeMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hammond-train-wreck-disaster-1918-killed-dozens-circus-performers-180969428/One hundred years ago, a horrific railway disaster decimated the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus—but the show still went onFri, 22 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-unearthed-civil-war-bones-speak-silently-grim-aftermath-battle-180969413/What the amputated limbs and full skeletons of a Manassas burial pit tell us about wartime surgical practicesWed, 20 Jun 2018 11:30:51 +0000The Unheralded Pioneers of 19th-Century America Were Free African-American Families https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unheralded-pioneers-19th-century-america-were-free-african-american-families-180969400/In her new book, 'The Bone and Sinew of the Land', historian Anna-Lisa Cox explores the mostly ignored story of the free black people who first moved WestTue, 19 Jun 2018 14:34:34 +0000How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-daguerreotype-photography-reflected-changing-america-180969389/The National Portrait Gallery brings the eerie power of a historic medium into focusMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:13:51 +0000Why a Fire Broke Out at William the Conqueror's Coronationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-a-fire-broke/William the Conqueror's coronation was marred by a bizarre incident. The guards outside the cathedral mistook the cheers for a riotMon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000