Our online Object Groups highlight different aspects of the Museum's collection. Currently-featured groups include a large apothecary collection, items relating to Japanese American internment during WWII, and California mission postcards.
The name Alexander Graham Bell has become indelibly tied to the telephone (so much so that I'm surprised we don't call those handheld lifelines Bell phones instead of cell phones). It was 100 years ago this very week that Bell placed the first transcontinental telephone call.
It was a cold January afternoon 150 years ago this week. Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was working in his office on the second floor of the building commonly known as the "Castle.
The Battle of Fort Fisher may not sound familiar. However, its little known role in the demise of the Confederacy is movie worthy. Fort Fisher wasn't the last straw, but it was close.The South felt the suffocating weight of the North, as Union forces approached the last remaining Confederate port in the winter of 1864-1865.