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Original Drawings for Statue of Liberty Found | History

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Gustave Eiffel may be best known for the Parisian tower that bears his name, but the French engineer played a key role in the construction of another structure with worldwide fame: the Statue of Liberty. A recently discovered set of Eiffel’s original schematic drawings for Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s statue—which weren’t......
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Fifty Years Ago, the Crew of the Damaged Apollo 13 Came Home | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 8, 2020, 7:55 a.m. Fifty years ago, this month, the whole world watched as the exhausted, underfed and dehydrated Apollo 13 astronauts fought for their lives after an on-board explosion rendered their mission to the Moon unattainable. The heartbeats of earthbound humans quickened listening to broadcasts of......
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Best of the National Book Festival: Kay Ryan, 2008

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Each weekday, the National Book Festival blog is featuring a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of the new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Today, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re spotlighting Poet Laureate Kay Ryan at the 2008......
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The President’s Cabinet Was an Invention of America’s First President | History

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The President’s cabinet, the heads of the executive branch departments, is one of the most constant and durable parts of the United States government. From George Washington to Donald Trump, the chief executive has used the institution to collect information, get advice, and then carry out his policies. As historian......
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Cartography of Contagion | Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress

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Carney, L. H., M.D. Carney’s series of medical charts showing location in the United States of…( New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co, 1874).  Geography and Map Division. This is one of six maps: a base map and maps depicting distribution of typhoid, pneumonia, rheumatism, tuberculosis, and malarial infections.......
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The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, a History of Hell and Other New Books to Read | History

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Few topics manage to unite the masses quite like the macabre, the mysterious and the magnanimous. Luckily, the five titles highlighted below—featuring stories of heaven and hell, an “imposteress rabbit breeder,” the Confederacy, the census, and the Irish potato famine—offer up all of these qualities in plenty. Last week, Smithsonian......
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Ten Surprising Facts About Everyday Household Objects | Innovation

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 3, 2020, 8 a.m. Throughout the world, from the humblest abode to the most lavish mansion, our homes have always been a respite from the world. For many of us, our daily lives now upended by quarantine, our homes have suddenly become our world. When we think......
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The Long, Fraught History of the Bulletproof Vest | Innovation

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Gavrilo Princip’s bullet changed the world. When he fired a bullet and severed an internal vein in the jugular of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, lodging the projectile into the spine of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, it was as much a turning point for world powers......
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How Epidemics of the Past Changed the Way Americans Lived | History

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At the end of the 19th century, one in seven people around the world had died of tuberculosis, and the disease ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States. While physicians had begun to accept German physician Robert Koch’s scientific confirmation that TB was caused by......
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Native Women Artists Finally Receive Their Due | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 1, 2020, 7:59 a.m. When Osage textile and ceramic artist Anita Fields was in her early 20s, she learned how to craft ribbon work by attending weekly informal gatherings at the Osage Nation Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma—the oldest of its kind in the United States. During these......
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Native Women Artists Reclaim Their Narrative | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 1, 2020, 7:59 a.m. When Osage textile and ceramic artist Anita Fields was in her early 20s, she learned how to craft ribbon work by attending weekly informal gatherings at the Osage Nation Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma—the oldest of its kind in the United States. During these......
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Crowdsourcing Project Aims to Document the Many U.S. Places Where Women Have Made History | History

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For nearly 30 years, Alaskan Ahtna Athabascan elder Katie John awaited resolution to her peaceful battle over Native subsistence rights. The legal dispute—centering on her family’s right to fish in Batzulnetas, a historic village and fish camp in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park—made it all the way up to the U.S.......
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Women’s History Month: Six Degrees of Kay Boyle

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The following guest post was written by Barbara Bair, curator of literature, culture and the arts in the Library’s Manuscript Division. Kay Boyle, 1944. Photo by Al Ravenna. New York World-Telegram and Sun collection, Prints & Photographs Division. The poet, novelist, short story and nonfiction writer, and political activist Kay Boyle......
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Exploring Poetry while Distance Teaching and Learning

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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. Steinhoff bobsled, for two people, Caldwell, N.J. Bain News Service., n.d. Just after our scheduled spring break, my school district......
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Looking for a book without knowing its title or author? Have other questions? Ask a librarian!

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Library of Congress reference librarians, some growing “telework beards,” continue to monitor the Library’s Ask a Librarian service while at home. Photo by Megan Armenti. Although most Library of Congress reference librarians, including myself, are now teleworking in response to the coronavirus pandemic, our Ask a Librarian service remains open......
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“Dear Poet”: Promoting Poetry and Poets Laureate to Kids at Home

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Joy Harjo. Photo credit: Shawn Miller Natasha Trethewey. Photo credit: Nancy Crampton As the staff of the Poetry and Literature Center has moved to working remotely, and a number of our spring events—including our Poet Laureate’s Spring Closing—have been canceled, we’ve talked about how we might promote poetry virtually. Of......
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Covering COVID-19 | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

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History and science are essential to processing new information as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Here, Smithsonian magazine provides information for those who want to learn from the past, understand the present and look to the future. Featuring in-depth explainers, basic virology lessons, virtual travel stories and historical analysis, this hub......

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