Firefighting may not exist as we know it without Benjamin Franklin. Watch the video to learn how we have some of our most famous founding fathers to thank for our fire safety standards.
Few maps detail the early interactions of the indigenous people of Mexico and early Spanish colonists as much as the Codex Quetzalecatzin. Made using traditional Aztec methods and showing Spanish influences, this map shows the effect of two cultures colliding.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks to digitize over 200 diaries from victims of the Holocaust to help fight growing Holocaust denial and to shed light on firsthand accounts.
This article explains who Crispus Attucks was, what he did, and why he is still remembered today as a champion and a martyr for freedom.
Read this list to learn facts and quirks about our nation’s most famous document and the people who wrote it.
Matthew Henson, an African American polar explorer, is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Read about his voyages and achievements.
More than a “writer of dog books,” Jack London’s other interests and contributions to society are not typically recognized. A small museum is looking to change that.
Read about how ancient Greek medicine inspired many modern practices.
An Instagram account was produced almost like a short film and intends to bring awareness and remembrance of the experience of Jews in the Holocaust to a younger generation.
Annie Londonderry was an important figure of the Women’s Liberation movement in the 1890s. Watch the video to separate fact from fiction.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a man of many talents. Read some of his most famous quotes and see their modern day translations.
Read the article to learn more about how Plymouth Colony came to be and what life was like for the Pilgrims who made the journey from Europe.
In this interview, historian and writer Ramachandra Guha shares stories of Ghandi when he lived in South Africa. We learn about some of Ghandi’s early experiences with nonviolent protest.
Read ten facts about the 1863 Proclamation, one of the most important documents in the history of the United States.
Russian-born Jew Roman Vishniac’s prints and negatives depicting Jewish life before the Holocaust are published for the first time in an online photo database. The hope is to gather information from the public, such as dates, locations, and identification of people from that time.
For almost 100 years before women gained the right to vote, suffragists fought to win that right. Watch the video to learn more about Susan B. Anthony’s role at this time.
Some scholars have long maintained that someone other than William Shakespeare authored some of the Bard’s best-known works. This article explores the idea that a writer with a deeper knowledge of Scotland than Shakespeare could have had must have penned Macbeth.
Bayard Rustin was the mastermind behind the March on Washington. Watch the trailer for this PBS documentary and learn about the honors belatedly conferred on this little-known hero of the civil rights movement.
Jon Savage’s book “Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945” was turned into a documentary film and released in the U.S. in 2014. Because the idea of teenagers didn’t always exist, “Teenage” explores the emergence of this new stage between childhood and adulthood in the early 20th century.
Read about Nellie Cashman – whose bold actions led to her being a prospector in Alaska’s gold rush, a philanthropist amongst the mining community, and a legend of the old West.