Neuschwanstein Castle / King Ludwig II’s tribute to Wagner

June 23rd, 2017 General Interest, History

Of the several castles built by the eccentric king Ludwig II of Bavaria, none is more recognizable than Neuschwanstein, which inspired Cinderella’s Castle at the Disney theme parks.

The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in America

June 22nd, 2017 History

Lowell Thomas was the first host of a TV broadcast news program, and adopted a number of other new technologies to make his mark in the 20th century

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

June 21st, 2017 History

During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas

Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Time

June 21st, 2017 History

Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this July

Smithsonian’s Behind-the-Scenes “Sidedoor” Podcast Returns for Second Season

June 21st, 2017 History

New episodes explore a 150-year-old cold case, the history of beer, war photography and more

Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise

June 20th, 2017 History

Cash has been king for over 40,000 years

The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking

June 20th, 2017 History

Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cake

The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolution

June 20th, 2017 History

Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independence

Why Pocahontas May Not Have Rescued John Smith After All

June 19th, 2017 History

According to legend, Pocahontas threw herself between the leader of the Jamestown colony, John Smith, and a warrior’s club to save him

Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere’s Oldest Synagogues

June 15th, 2017 History

Fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe, Jews found unexpected shelter on the island of Curaçao

The Political Dealmaking That Finally Brought Hawaii Statehood

June 15th, 2017 History

And what Puerto Rico can learn from the prolonged process

Rachel Jackson, the Scandalous Divorcee Who Almost Became First Lady

June 15th, 2017 History

Rachel Jackson ran away from her husband and got divorced to marry Andrew, an incident that haunted her for life

When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitals

June 14th, 2017 History

How the hospital went from luxury resort to windowless box

Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathers

June 14th, 2017 History

Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examined

The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

June 13th, 2017 History

He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the process

The Spy Who Became England’s First Successful Female Writer

June 13th, 2017 History

Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbands

Art Installations Transform a Historic Venetian Island

June 13th, 2017 History

San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice, a former refuge for crusaders and a hospice for plague victims, opens an island-wide art show

The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Sailed a Stolen Confederate Ship to Freedom

June 13th, 2017 History

He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the process

The History of American Impeachment

June 12th, 2017 History

There’s precedence that its not just for presidents

“I Hope It Is Not Too Late”: How the U.S. Decided to Send Millions of Troops Into World War I

June 12th, 2017 History

The Allies were desperate for reinforcements, but the U.S. wasn’t quite ready to provide them