Malta’s Hypogeum, One of the World’s Best Preserved Prehistoric Sites, Reopens to the Public

May 23rd, 2017 History

The complex of excavated cave chambers includes a temple, cemetery and funeral hall

What the Unisphere Tells Us About America at the Dawn of the Space Age

May 23rd, 2017 History

A towering tribute to the future past—and one man’s ego

Joe Pyne Was America’s First Shock Jock

May 23rd, 2017 History

Newly discovered tapes resurrect the angry ghost of Joe Pyne, the original outrageous talk show host

The Namesake of Howard University Spent Years Kicking Native Americans Off of Their Land

May 23rd, 2017 History

Oliver Otis Howard was a revered Civil War general—but his career had a dark postscript

The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America

May 22nd, 2017 History

Fears of Communism during the Cold War spurred psychological research, pop culture hits, and unethical experiments in the CIA

How a Single Paragraph Paved the Way for a Jewish State

May 22nd, 2017 History

The Balfour Declaration changed the course of history with just one sentence

Footage of a Tense Aerial Battle During the Falklands War

May 22nd, 2017 History

It’s 10 weeks into the Falklands War, and two British Harriers find themselves protecting a damaged ship, the HMS Hermes

How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Good

May 18th, 2017 History

Prior to the Great War, weather forecasters had never considered using mathematical modeling

What Richmond Has Gotten Right About Interpreting its Confederate History

May 18th, 2017 History

And why it hasn’t faced the same controversy as New Orleans or Charlottesville

The 1927 Bombing That Remains America’s Deadliest School Massacre

May 18th, 2017 History

Ninety years ago, a school in Bath, Michigan was rigged with explosives in a brutal act that stunned the town

How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset

May 17th, 2017 History

The humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beverages

The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files

May 16th, 2017 History

Fifty years ago, author E.L. Konigsburg wrote her children’s literature classic that highlighted the wonder of museums

JFK’s Presidency Was Custom Made for the Golden Age of Photojournalism

May 15th, 2017 History

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum concentrates on the White House’s most photogenic couple

How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movement

May 15th, 2017 History

Soldiers came home from the Great War with a demand—full equality under the law

A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript

May 12th, 2017 History

With the book newly digitized, scholars are reinterpreting a story of native resistance from within its pages

A Federal Immigration Building With a Dark Past

May 12th, 2017 History

In post-war San Francisco, discrimination against Chinese immigrants resulted in tragedy

Medieval Mothers Had to Marry and Murder to Get Their Way

May 12th, 2017 History

These stories of medieval mothers aren’t pulled from “Game of Thrones”

The Suffragist Statue Trapped in a Broom Closet for 75 Years

May 12th, 2017 History

The Portrait Monument was a testament to women’s struggle for the vote that remained hidden till 1997

Has the FBI Ever Been Divorced from Politics?

May 11th, 2017 History

From its earliest days, Congress feared it would act as a “secret federal police”

For Black Photographers, the Camera Records Stories of Joy and Struggle

May 10th, 2017 History

The African American History Museum showcases for the first time signature photographs from its new collections