Lucy Hicks Anderson never let anyone tell her how to live her life – not even the courts Continue reading Lucy Hicks Anderson: Fearlessly Female
Today, we abhor the idea that one’s lineage is one’s identity. But Native Americans are still defined by “blood quantum.” Continue reading Reservation Math: Navigating Love in Native America
A ceremonial procession kicks off a weekend of events to dedicate the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Continue reading A long-deserved tribute to Native American veterans
Museums are full of artifacts left by “the first and the famous,” says NMAAHC Ariana Curtis. Museums can better represent diverse stories, she argues, if they also include stories of everyday life. Continue reading How can museums honor both the extraordinary and the everyday?
The way we were, the way we are, and the way forward. Continue reading Smithsonian 175 Oral History Project
Smithsonian scientist’s research illustrates how North American ecosystems are still reeling from the megafaunal extinction that closed the ice ages. Continue reading What the Demise of Mammoths Can Teach Us About Future Extinctions
From farmland to POW camp to playground for cheetahs, the bucolic spot in Virgina that houses the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute has a past as fascinating as any object in our collections. Continue reading How an abandoned Army depot became home to some of the world’s most endangered animals
We hope you take a moment today to enjoy the sweet and spooky sentiments of the season. Continue reading Happy Halloween from the Smithsonian!
“I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves.” After Michelle Obama said those words at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, thousands of Americans flooded the White House Historical Association with calls. Who were the enslaved African Americans who built the White House? Continue reading Who Built the White House?
Richard Kurin reports on a recent conference focused on efforts to the Smithsonian’s and others’ efforts to save Ukraine’s cultural heritage from destruction. Continue reading Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage in Times of War