U.S. history

Proposed U.S. coin designs showing Sally Ride and Maya Angelou (U.S. Mint)

New U.S. coins will honor heroic American women

The U.S. Mint will begin honoring notable American women on currency in 2022. Find out more about two women selected to appear on U.S. quarters.
Hand spreading rainbow (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Celebrate Pride Month 2021 [poster]

June is recognized worldwide as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Month. Download this poster to commemorate the occasion.
Man and elderly woman riding on parade float (© AP Images)

With liberty and justice for all: The advancement of LGBTQI+ rights...

Safeguarding the rights of LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. is part of a tradition of ensuring minority rights that is entwined with U.S. history.
Historical photo of buildings burning (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra P. Johnson Smith)

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later

The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the deadliest racial attacks in U.S. history. The city of Tulsa and survivors are reckoning with it a century later.
People clapping as U.S. flag is raised on a balcony (© Pavel Neubauer/TASR Photo)

30 years ago, a reopened consulate renewed U.S.-Slovak ties [photo gallery]

The reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Bratislava, now the U.S. Embassy, underscored America's and Slovakia's shared commitment to freedom and human rights.
Historic photo of Duke Kahanamoku surfing in Hawaii (© Darling Archive/Alamy)

How Duke Kahanamoku popularized surfing

Surfing debuts at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Learn about Duke Kahanamoku, the native Hawaiian who popularized the sport around the world.
Top: Aerial view of farmland. Bottom: Los Angeles skyline (Both images © Shutterstock)

These volunteers and fellows will take on California’s climate issues

The new California Climate Action Corps, a group of community volunteers and paid fellows, will work with the state's government on environmental problems.
Hand wrapped in leather straps of tefillin holding electronic tablet over Torah (© Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

Diversity has long defined America’s Jewish community

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Learn why Jewish people in the United States mirror the country's diversity and why the face of Judaism is changing.
Harriet Tubman posing for photograph (© Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress/AP Images)

Archaeologists find lost home of Harriet Tubman

A team of researchers has discovered the site where Harriet Tubman was raised. The home was later used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.