A Statue of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved People Was Removed From Central Park

[Editor’s Note, April 17, 2018: The statue of James Marion Sims in Central Park was removed today. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the decision to relocate the controversial monument to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, where Sims is buried, after much public debate and a review by the city’s […]

Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs

Most people get chocolate bunnies or plastic candy-filled eggs as presents on Easter, but for Russian czars at the turn of the 20th century, gifts were lot more expensive—and much less edible. In 1885, Czar Alexander III commissioned 38-year-old Carl Faberge and his St. Petersburg family jewelry business to produce […]

U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection Will Get Its First State-Commissioned Statue of a Black American

The Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol includes two statues from each of the 50 states, depicting notable people in the states’ histories. Most of the collection, displayed in National Statuary Hall and throughout the Capitol, depict white men. Now, for the first time, a state-commissioned statue representing a […]

Cherry Blossom Forecast Update: When Will Washington, D.C. Reach Peak Bloom?

Washington D.C. in Spring (iStock / SeanPavonePhoto) smithsonian.com March 9, 2018 | Updated: March 13, 2018 Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the National Park Service’s most recent prediction, announced on March 12. This month the nation’s capital will erupt in pink as the cherry blossom trees […]

San Francisco Votes to Remove Statue with Racist Depiction of Native Americans

SmartNews Keeping you current The monument shows a Mexican vaquero and Franciscan monk towering over a Native American man smithsonian.com March 7, 2018 | Updated: March 8, 2018 Officials in San Francisco have decided to remove a controversial monument that depicts a Native American man sitting at the feet of […]

Search Continues for Last American Slave Ship After Recent Wreck Ruled Out

Update, March 6, 2018: The recently unearthed wreck found in Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta has been ruled out as the Clotida, the last-known American slave ship. The conclusion was reached after an investigation of the wreck was conducted by the Alabama Historical Commission and the international partners of the Slave Wrecks Project—which includes the […]

How U.S. and German Art Experts Are Teaming Up to Solve Nazi-Era Mysteries

A few years ago, some 21st-century digital housekeeping helped Karen Daly solve one of the 20th-century mysteries behind a 17th-century painting. Daly, the registrar for exhibitions and coordinator of provenance research at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, was going through data files as the VMFA was getting […]