How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

Dawn Wallace and Richard Barden stood in the museum’s objects conservation lab looking over two shoes. Red. Sequin-covered. Small heels. Petite in size. Wallace, an objects conservator, had recently spent more than 200 hours examining the museum’s long-cherished pair of...
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Serena Williams rocks tutu in U.S. Open win

Serena Williams rocks tutu in U.S. Open win

It’s all about the tutu for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Just days after French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said her black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights “will no longer be accepted,” Williams chose a one-armed bl...
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The True Story of “Operation Finale”

The True Story of “Operation Finale”

It was springtime in Buenos Aires and Ricardo Klement was an ordinary man living an ordinary life. Every morning, he took the bus to his job as a foreman at a Mercedes-Benz factory, and every evening, he returned to his...
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Inventing a Longer-Lasting Popsicle

Inventing a Longer-Lasting Popsicle

There’s less than a month to go until the official start of fall, and it’s hot. Hot hot hot. As a heat wave rolls eastward from Chicago, 17 states are under heat advisories. The expected high today in Washington, DC...
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For Neil Simon, Laughter Was His Lifeline

For Neil Simon, Laughter Was His Lifeline

Smithsonian Voices National Portrait Gallery Neil Simon (1927–2018) August 28th, 2018, 9:12AM / BY Robyn Asleson Neil Simon by David Hume Kennerly, 1986. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift of Time magazine; © David Hume Kennerly Born o...
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Travel Through the Landscapes That Inspired Salvador Dalí

Travel Through the Landscapes That Inspired Salvador Dalí

Roughly two hours north of Barcelona is a place known as “Dalíland.” Officially the Alt Empordà region, it was here that preeminent surrealist Salvador Dalí was born, died and created his greatest body of art. “In this privileged place the...
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The Portrait That Captures the Defining Features of John McCain’s Life and Career

The Portrait That Captures the Defining Features of John McCain’s Life and Career

It’s the face that draws the attention. The square jaw. The resolute brow. And the candid expression in the eyes. This is the straight-talking senator and former presidential nominee John S. McCain III, who died on Saturday August 25. The...
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French Open says ‘Non!’ to Serena’s black catsuit

French Open says ‘Non!’ to Serena’s black catsuit

Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open. The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate...
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Why Every Food Lover Should Visit the Twin Cities

Why Every Food Lover Should Visit the Twin Cities

Let’s talk about the sweet potatoes at Young Joni. How they’re blackened like campfire marshmallows, the insides all gooey and sweet. How they’re spiked with gochugaro and topped with barely-there ruffles of bonito flakes. And, underneath it ...
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Born Into Slavery, Bill Traylor Would Become a Leading Light of Outsider Art

Born Into Slavery, Bill Traylor Would Become a Leading Light of Outsider Art

Bill Traylor (1853-1949) was emancipated from slavery at the end of the Civil War when he was about 12 years old, but his family remained on their former owner’s Alabama cotton plantation, and he spent most of his life as...
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