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Warren Harding and First Lady Florence Harding watching a horse show the year he became president.

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Warren Harding Tried to Return America to 'Normalcy' After WWI and the 1918 Pandemic. It Failed.

The lessons from his presidency show that a quick retreat to the past can be just a mirage

A postage stamp printed in Norway showing an image of Alfred Nobel, circa 2001.

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Should the Nobel Prizes Take a Year Off?

An award designed to go to those who benefit all humanity has a history of prejudice and controversy

Adelbert Ames

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Is it Time We Built a Museum of the History of American History?

A better understanding of how we interpret our past, and what and who we choose to remember, would go a long way to healing our nation’s wounds

Dawn at the dock at Piscataway, with the many mast stays outlined by the morning light.

Nine Days of a Sailor-Scholar’s Life Aboard the Canoe Circumnavigating the Globe

A Smithsonian expert learns the hard-knock lessons of when to be quiet and how to take a poop

Learning Lab allows visitors to experiment, to manipulate, to play with the collections, to use them as the building blocks to create new things.

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Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolbox

The Smithsonian unveils a game-changing online tool designed to empower anyone to discover and use digital museum resources