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When George Washington Took a Road Trip to Unify the U.S.

In 1789, newly elected president George Washington faced one of the most difficult challenges of his life: creating a unified nation out of a disparate, discordant drove of 13 stubbornly independent former colonies. To do that, Washington decided to take a road trip up and down the new United States.......

The Polynesian ‘Prince’ Who Took 18th-Century England by Storm

In the painting, we see a handsome, barefoot young man from the South Pacific, garbed in a flowing robe and standing before a tropical arcadian landscape. Seemingly in his early 20s, he is strapping but fine-boned, his copper skin seemingly illuminated from within. His head is wrapped in a white......

Smithsonian’s Chris Browne Was the Manager at Ronald Reagan National Airport on 9/11

Smithsonian Voices National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian’s Chris Browne Was the Manager at Ronald Reagan National Airport on 9/11 September 10th, 2021, 11:25AM / BY Christopher U. Browne Smoke pours from the west wing of the Pentagon building September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia, after a plane crashed into......

How the Smithsonian Preserved a Stock Certificate Destroyed on September 11

Smithsonian Voices National Museum of American History How the Smithsonian Preserved a Stock Certificate Destroyed on September 11 September 9th, 2021, 12:00PM / BY Devin Mattlin The stock certificate pieced back together and encased in mylar (NMAH) A single object can often tell many stories. In 2004, the museum acquired......

On 9/11, a Flotilla of Ferries, Yachts and Tugboats Evacuated 500,000 People Away From Ground Zero

Greg Freitas slept through the sirens. The previous day, Monday, September 10, 2001, had been a long night for the New York charter boat captain. Freitas had taken a group of clients for a spin on his 80-foot schooner, Adirondack. When the guests left and the ship was returned to......

Thirty-One Smithsonian Artifacts That Tell the Story of 9/11

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Sept. 8, 2021, 8:43 a.m. Following the tragedies that took place on September 11, 2001, curators at the Smithsonian Institution recognized the urgency of documenting this unprecedented moment in American history. After Congress designated the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as the official repository for all related......

A Lesser-Known Photo of an Iconic 9/11 Moment Brings Shades of Gray to the Day’s Memory

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Sept. 8, 2021, 7 a.m. Dan McWilliams made a spur-of-the-moment decision. That morning, hijackers crashed two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. By half past ten, both skyscrapers had collapsed. Fires burned and toxic ash choked the air in New York’s......

Seven 9/11 Memorials to Visit Across the United States

It’s been 20 years since September 11, and the tragedy is still imprinted in every corner of the United States. In the two decades since the reprehensible attacks by al-Qaeda terrorists on American soil, numerous memorials have been erected, including two of the most recognizable, the National September 11 Memorial......

Meet Xiao Qi Ji, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s star panda cub

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Meet Xiao Qi Ji, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s star panda cub – CBS News Watch CBSN Live The giant panda cub, born in August at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is a star attraction, with an online......

The Heart-Wrenching History of the Breakup Album

When it was released on May 21, Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR captivated audiences with its searing portrayal of young heartbreak. Like many artists before her, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter tapped into the near-universal experience of teenage love and loss. The relatability of the lyrics certainly contributed to SOUR’s chart-topping launch,......

After Victory in World War II, Black Veterans Continued the Fight for Freedom at Home

In December 1946, in Palo Alto, California, flames consumed the newly constructed home of John T. Walker, a Black veteran just back from serving in the Navy during World War II. Arsonists left a note that read: We burned your house to let you know that your presence is not......

Smithsonian Displays Bullet-Riddled Sign That Documented Emmett Till’s Horrific Murder

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Aug. 27, 2021, 6 a.m. On August 24, 1955, a 14-year-old Black teenage boy named Emmett Till unassumingly walked into a grocery store in Money, Mississippi, to buy some bubble gum. At the time, he didn’t know that this seemingly benign trip would mark him for death. Carolyn......

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