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September 4, 2019

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Why Are School Buses Yellow? | History

Smithsonian
In a 1939 issue of American Childhood, the lyrics to the song, “The Wheels on the Bus” made its first public appearance. Songwriter Verna Hills composed verses that celebrated the routine of traveling on a bus, closing each with the phrase, “over the city streets.” Likely unbeknownst to her, at......
History

Laureate at the Library: Sharing the History and Realities of Field Recordings of Native American Songs and Narratives

Library Of Congress
The following guest post is by Judith Gray, coordinator of Reference Services in the Library’s American Folklife Center. This is the fifth and final post in a series documenting Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s summertime meetings with librarians and curators across the Library of Congress. The meetings grew out of Harjo’s interest in learning......
History

The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club | At the Smithsonian

Smithsonian
In some respects, Washington, D.C., in the 1850s was an unlikely place to usher in a golden age of American natural history. Philadelphia and Boston had long been the traditional centers of American science, with the founding of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in 1812 and the Boston......
History

What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future | History

Smithsonian
It takes a particular kind of building to survive 800 years in Baghdad. It can’t be too showy, or it might prove irresistible to looters. It can’t be too prominently placed, or it might fall foul of urban planners. University, barracks, customs office, hospital: its design must allow for myriad......

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