While a valiant effort was made to save Europe's treasures during World War II, archivists were unable to save everything. Laura Morreale explores the destruction of an important archive and what this means for medievalists.
History on the Go
Discover how a historian's search for coffee led to a new way to provide Americans with information about historic sites.
The Fantastic Flights of Sophie Blanchard
Cecily Garber takes you into the "scholarly and whimsical" world of historical animation with documentary filmmaker Jen Sachs.
Stephanie McKinney travels to Rwanda to explore how tour guides and Rwandans in general are remembering the genocide of the 1990s.
A Repository of All Things Truman
Rob Schoenbeck takes you to the Truman Library where he explores how and why presidential libraries preserve and protect history.
Last week, the Secretary of the Interior announced the designation of 27 new sites as National Historic Landmarks. Sheena Morrison takes you to the meeting of the Landmarks Committee.
Rare and Strange Encounters of the Curator's Kind
Anne Pushkal talks with past and present curators working in the Washington DC area to find out what curators do, where they do it and how they do it.
We take you behind the scenes at a historical museum as curators and conservators dress mannequins and prepare for an exhibit on Downton Abbey style clothes. (Part I).
Fashioning the New Woman
After taking you behind the scenes as curators and conservators prepared dresses for an exhibit on the New Woman, we now take you in through the front door for a sneak peak at this new exhibit that explores how and why women's fashions changed during the Downton Abbey era. (Part II).
Doing Oral History
A family tie to the Rosenbergs led this historian to begin conducting oral histories. Check out his great tips.
Introduce Your Child to Genealogy
A professional historian and an eleven year old team up to discover a complicated, but very American, story.
It's one of the most overlooked and poorly understood wars in American history. Colleen Ammerman looks at commemorations associated with the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the River Raisin Massacre in particular.
Nina Feld provides some important tips for genealogists who want to share their findings with their fifth and sixth cousins.
Journalist Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez developed a project to collect and preserve the stories of Latino-American veterans.
Tea with Mr. Sulu
A curator travels with other museum staff to retrieve an important artifact from one of the most widely watched television shows from the mid-twentieth century.
Historians of the Future
School's out so why are these young historians converging on Washington DC?
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Truth from Fiction
Professor Michelle McClellan explores the emergence of heritage tourism associated with the famous Little House books. (Part I).
Two Pioneers: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane
Professor McClellan explores the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane. Join her as she explains their place in history and how their lives reflected different visions of womanhood. (Part II).
We take you to a simple row house in Virginia and explore how exhibits there document the history of this building which was associated with the slave trade.
What Do Preservationists Do?
Christine O'Malley takes you behind the scenes to discover how and why historic sites are preserved.
The Rebirth of Mount Vernon
As a symbol of George Washington, Mount Vernon possessed “sacred associations” and needed to be preserved and protected. But how? And by whom?
Saving Forgotten Ellis Island
Discover how historians, the federal government, and a non-profit organization are working to save the unrestored and forgotten south side of Ellis Island.
A Curator's Passion
Discover how events during the Civil Rights era helped shape a curator's decision to explore the history of Africans in Renaissance Europe.
The Genealogist's Toolkit
Tucked away in the deep, dark recesses of our homes, most of us have some treasured family documents, photographs, a grandmother’s wedding dress, or other items. Lindsey Hobbs, a collections conservator, provides some tips on how to protect your keepsakes for future generations.
Preparing to be a History Detective
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find records in an archive. Stephanie Stegman shares her tips on researching in the archives.
Commemorating the Civil War
Robert K. Sutton, the Chief Historian for the National Park Service, discusses past commemorations of the Civil War and provides insight into why Americans and non-Americans are so fascinated by this war. (Part I)
Understanding the Civil War
We sit down with renowned historian, Eric Foner, to explore how and why this war retains such a strong resonance in American culture. (Part II).
Re-enacting the Life of the Hoplite
These reenactors teach students what it was like to wage war thousands of years ago.
Being Alexander Hamilton
Experts agree that learning through experience reinforces memory. But how can history be experienced? Join Cecily Garber as she explains how Dr. William G. Chrystal helps people experience the past.
Toward a More Informed Union
How does the government understand its own history? Rob Schoenbeck introduces you to government historians who preserve, document, and interpret the history of various federal agencies and even different states.
Friending Your Ancestor
Update your ancestor's status on Facebook! Stephanie Stegman shows you how to use social media to share your genealogical research.
"They Asked for a
Cup of Coffee"
An actress teaches visitors to the Smithsonian how to participate in a sit-in...at the Greensboro lunch counter.
Best Photo Collections
We steer you toward some of our favorite websites for historical images on the web. Have fun surfing!
On the Trail of an Assassin
Join Detective McDavitt as he tracks the conspirators across and out of the city of Washington DC.
The Things They Left Behind
Discover how a simple hotel in Seattle was restored to document one of the darkest moments in American history.
Musée de la Magie
It won't disappear but we still think you should check out this museum soon!
Olivia Remie Constable:
UHP honors friend and colleague, Olivia Remie Constable, a medieval historian who recently died of cancer.