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This Homemade Flag From the ’70s Signals the Beginning of the Environmental Movement | At the Smithsonian

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Early in 1970 at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois, Raymond Bruzan turned his class, Room 308, into the “Environmental Action Center,” as a sign on the door announced. Now it was a place where the 24-year-old biology teacher and his students could debate what they could do to protest......
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A Tour of Beauty Industry Pioneer Madam C.J. Walker’s Indianapolis | Travel

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One of America’s most prolific entrepreneurs also happens to be one of the lesser known business leaders of the early 20th century. But that could change this week when Netflix airs a miniseries in her honor. Called “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” the four-part drama......
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The History of the Hard Hat | Innovation

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During World War I, death occurred on an apocalyptic scale in the killing fields of Europe. The advent of continuous-fire machine guns and modern artillery with high-explosive shells obliterated millions of lives in an era of bloody trench warfare. One saving grace was the helmet. Countless soldiers were able to......
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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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How Two 1950s Kids Playing on the Railroad Tracks Found a National Treasure | At the Smithsonian

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In 1959 the Smithsonian Institution received a letter from Mrs. James “Shirley C.” Wade offering to sell a linen banner bearing an ink portrait of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. An eagle carried the Jefferson portrait victoriously aloft framed in a halo of seven-pointed stars. From......
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Eighteen Podcasts to Listen to in 2020 | At the Smithsonian

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By 2020, the podcast will be a whopping 17-or-so years old; the Apple Podcasts catalogue contains more than 700,000 unique offerings, not counting episodes. With such an abundance from which to choose, Smithsonian magazine turned to scholars and podcast fiends across the Smithsonian Institution for guidance. From a critical look......
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What Elephants Teach Us About Consumption and Extinction | At the Smithsonian

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In a way, our modern understanding of extinction starts with the elephant. It was while studying fossilized teeth of two different elephant ancestors, the mammoth and the mastodon, that scientists first became aware of the fact that species could die out and become forever extinct. In 1796, French naturalist George......
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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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How Food Brought Success to a Chef, a Cookbook Author and a Restaurateur | At the Smithsonian

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Two men walked towards the demonstration kitchen stage, but only one looked the part of a chef. He was clad in a denim apron over a white shirt and khakis. His counterpart, bespectacled and wearing a suit and tie, strode onto the stage like a professor approaching a lecture podium,......
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How American Brewers Employed Fine Art to Sell Beer | At the Smithsonian

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It would be easy to mistake the painting Harvest Time for an uncomplicated image of Midwestern bliss, a picture of ease and plenty after a hard day’s work. It is an unassuming portrayal of a picnic in rural Kansas, with a group of farm workers gathered congenially around a table,......
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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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