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How Did Amelia Earhart Raise the Money for Her Flights?

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Q: How did Amelia Earhart raise the money for her flights? —Andy Sauer | Suffield, Connecticut Female pilots generally could not land steady jobs during the early 20th century. So Earhart resorted to publicity stunts to earn money and, ironically, set numerous flight records in the process. After one of......
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Has Anyone Ever Run for President While in Prison? And More Questions From Our Readers | At the Smithsonian

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Q: Has anyone ever run for president while in prison? — L. M. Frank | Los Angeles Eugene V. Debs was in an Atlanta penitentiary, serving a ten-year sentence, when he lost the 1920 presidential election. Two years earlier, Debs, a labor leader, had spoken out against America’s involvement in......
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How to Virtually Explore the Smithsonian From Your Living Room | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | March 18, 2020, 9:24 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums, galleries, gardens and National Zoo have temporarily shut their doors as a public health precaution aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. But while these brick-and-mortar buildings may be closed, the Smithsonian remains active in the digital sphere,......
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Smithsonian Curators Help Rescue the Truth From These Popular Myths | At the Smithsonian

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Hollywood can’t resist depicting Dolley Madison saving a portrait of George Washington from the British army. Museum visitors love to gobble up the sticky confection known as astronaut ice cream, and Plymouth Rock has become a symbol of the national narrative, but like everything else, it’s complicated. Like a game......
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Ten Smithsonian Artifacts You Can 3-D Print | At the Smithsonian

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SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Nov. 27, 2019, 10:02 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution’s 3-D digitization portal currently features 124 interactive artifact models. Of these offerings—among others, the list includes Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and the remnants of a supernova—just under 100 are available for download as 3-D print-ready files,......
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Lonnie G. Bunch III to Become the Smithsonian’s 14th Secretary | At the Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian today named Lonnie G. Bunch III as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), a position he has held since 2005. Prior to that, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago......

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