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A History of the Aberfan Disaster From “The Crown” | History

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Nov. 15, 2019, 3:45 p.m. Jeff Edwards’ primary school teacher had just started the day’s math lesson when an ominous rumble sounded in the distance. “The next thing I remember was waking up,” he later recalled. “My right foot was stuck in the radiator and there was water...
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Smithsonian Elevates the Frequently Ignored Histories of Women | At the Smithsonian

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Historians remember September 1781 as the month the Continental Army began its last major land battle, bolstering the rebel Americans’ morale and breaking Britain’s will to fight. But something more prosaic happened that month when 13-year-old Betsy Bucklin sat down with needle and thread to work on her sampler. She...
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From Ancient Seeds to Scraps of Clothing, Rats’ Nests Are Full of Treasures | Science

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Calling a person a pack rat may be considered an insult to most, bringing to mind scenes of hoarders navigating piles of ephemera and what most would call trash. In the scientific community, however, literal pack rats and other rodents play an important role in preserving history. The materials that...
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The Equal Rights Amendment Is 96 Years Old and Still Not Part of the Constitution. Here’s Why | History

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Nov. 13, 2019, 4 p.m. Election Day in 2019 didn’t involve any high-profile House or Senate or Presidential seats up for the taking, but it could have historic consequences. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, voters handed Democrats control of both its statehouse chambers. As a result, the Equal...
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Alexander McCall Smith and the World of Mma Precious Ramotswe

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The following guest post was written by Marissa Ball, Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Section in the Researcher and Reference Services Division; Amber Paranick, a reference librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division; and Ashley Cuffia, a science reference specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Alexander...
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The Accidental Invention of Play-Doh | Innovation

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The handwriting was on the wallpaper for Kutol. Founded in 1912 in Cincinnati, the company’s primary product—a soft, pliable compound used for wiping soot from wallpaper—was no longer in demand and the firm’s future looked bleak. Fortunately, the sister-in-law of one of its principals had an idea: let kids play...
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Jim Crow Compounded the Grief of African American Mothers Whose Sons Were Killed in World War I | At the Smithsonian

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In the summer of 1930, Mrs. Louise Kimbro, a 57-year-old African American woman from Columbus, Ohio, boarded a train for New York City. She was one of 6,685 women who accepted the government’s invitation to join the Gold Star Mothers and Widows pilgrimage between 1930 and 1933. Her son, Private...
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The True Story of the Battle of Midway | History

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“At the present time we have only enough water for two weeks. Please supply us immediately,” read the message sent by American sailors stationed at Midway, a tiny atoll located roughly halfway between North America and Asia, on May 20, 1942. The plea for help, however, was a giant ruse;...
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How WWII Service Members Helped Shape the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall | Smithsonian Voices | National Museum of Natural History

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Smithsonian Voices National Museum of Natural History How WWII Service Members Helped Shape the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall November 8th, 2019, 9:27AM / BY Diana Marsh Free post cards were given to service members when they visited the US National Museum (now the National Museum of Natural History) in the...
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Celebrate GIS Day at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, November 13th!

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The Library of Congress is proud to celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13th with a showcase event: In the Shadows of Notre Dame: Geographic Information Science, 3D Mapping and Cultural Heritage Preservation. The all-day series of discussions will be held from 8:30am to 3:30pm in Room LJ-119 on the...
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The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’ | History

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SMITHSONIAN.COM | Nov. 7, 2019, 7 a.m. Forty years ago, upon the tenth anniversary of the debut of “Sesame Street,” the New York Times offered an appraisal of the revolutionary children’s television program, reminding readers that the show with universal appeal initially declared its target audience, “the four-year old inner-city...
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Thoreau in Concord: Inspiring Discussion and Mindfulness

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The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. [Thoreau’s cove, Lake Walden, Concord, Mass.] Detroit Publishing Co., between 1900 and 1910. In July I participated in a week-long...
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Celebrating Master Chefs and Revolutionary Culinary Moments | At the Smithsonian

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Out of the great American melting pot comes some pretty delicious food. At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, a newly re-opened exhibition, “Food: Transforming the American Table,” chronicles the development of cuisine in America over the past 70 years. This week, the museum kicks off its annual Smithsonian...
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Veterans Art Showcase: Occupational Poetry

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On Wednesday, November 6, in honor of Veterans Day and the 20th anniversary of the Veterans History Project, the Veterans History Project, the American Folklife Center, and the Poetry and Literature Center will host a discussion on occupational poetry (free tickets are encouraged and available via Eventbrite) at 1:00 PM in the Thomas Jefferson Building,...
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One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity Baffled the Press and the Public | Science

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When the year 1919 began, Albert Einstein was virtually unknown beyond the world of professional physicists. By year’s end, however, he was a household name around the globe. November 1919 was the month that made Einstein into “Einstein,” the beginning of the former patent clerk’s transformation into an international celebrity....
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The True Story of Netflix’s “The King,” Henry V | History

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Henry V was a man of contradictions. In youth, he was reportedly an “assiduous cultivator of lasciviousness,” but upon ascending to the throne of England in the early 15th century, he won plaudits for his piety. Henry was a formidable warrior—perhaps the greatest the country has ever seen—but thanks to...
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How Syndicated Columns, Comics and Stories Forever Changed the News Media | History

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From today’s vantage point, when many American cities struggle to sustain even a single print newspaper, the early decades of the 20th century look like glory days for local papers. Even small cities boasted two or three dailies. Larger cities might issue more than a dozen apiece. “City desks” hummed...
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The True Story Behind the Harriet Tubman Movie | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIAN.COM | Oct. 30, 2019, 10:06 a.m. Harriet Tubman’s first act as a free woman was poignantly simple. As she later told biographer Sarah Bradford, after crossing the Pennsylvania state boundary line in September 1849, “I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was...
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Edward Norton on Why He Placed ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ in Robert Moses’ New York | Arts & Culture

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With the release of Motherless Brooklyn this week, Edward Norton will finally see the realization of a project he’s been trying to make happen most of his career. After an auspicious start with an Oscar nomination for his first film role in the mystery drama Primal Fear, and a second...

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