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Butterflies Are Free To Fly
These butterflies illustrate one of thousands of pages detailing natural history in Central America.
Writing Words in the Sky
For more than 20 years, Suzanne Asbury-Oliver was the only professional female skywriter in the world.
Harvard, Smithsonian Astonomers Help Capture Magnetic Fields Close to a Black Hole
“Stay tuned for true black hole cinema.”
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, From Gospel to Electric Guitar-Driven Rock ’n’ Roll
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is often called the "Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll."
Renaissance Woman Augusta Savage
Sculptor and teacher Augusta Savage used her work to challenge discrimination and promote civil and women’s rights.
An Extremely Rare "Hot" Planet
A cloudless, Jupiter-like planet is discovered by astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.
This small piece of yellow metal is believed to be the first piece of gold discovered in 1848 at Sutter's Mill in California, launching the gold rush.
President Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball Invitation, 1865
This Snapshot marks Inauguration Day with an original 1865 invitation to President Lincoln’s National Inauguration Ball.
When Wonder Woman's Jet Made a Brief "Appearance"
"I know I parked my Invisible Jet somewhere."
Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine
“There have been a lot of problems solved in that dining room over a bowl of gumbo.”
The Unbreakable Navajo Code
Honoring the Code Talkers who helped win a war.
“I never drink…wine.”
This stamp depicts actor Bela Lugosi as the vampire Count Dracula. "I am Dracula. I bid you welcome."
Shredding With Judi Oyama
By age 19, Judi Oyama was a world-class professional skateboarder.
Say Hello From Smithsonian Libraries
Use one of the Libraries' cool images to mail or email a postcard.
A Revolution in Tattooing
Thomas Edison's surprising connection to tattoos.
The Beauty of Broken Objects
Kintsugi (golden joinery) and the art of embracing imperfection.
We the People
E pluribus unum (Out of many, one).
Philosophy Meets Motorcycle Maintenance on a Road Trip
Thinking about the open road with Robert M. Pirsig’s 1966 Honda Super Hawk motorcycle.
"Marvelous" costumes help tell the story of "Midge" Maisel, a Manhattan wife and mother who becomes a stand-up comedian.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Say "Ahhhh"
Patricia Cowings is a scientist astronaut who helps astronauts go to space.
Basquiat's Presence Continues To Loom Large in Modern Art
More than 30 years after his death, Jean-Michel Basquiat remains a strong presence in modern art.
Keys to the Future
Octavia Butler was a master storyteller and considered the godmother of Afrofuturism.
Art That Bridges Cultures
Chiura Obata's artwork captures the "Great Nature" of the American West.
Serving Up Holiday Classics
The iconic casserole dish with military roots.
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