The Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was also known as "Black Wall Street." See the community come to life in film footage captured by a Greenwood resident and businessman who truly loved his community.

Black Wall Street on film: A story of revival and renewal

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Today in 1846: Frontiersman and entertainer William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody is born in Scott County, Iowa. According to legend, he hunted the buffalo from which this coat was made.

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Today in 1862: "Old Glory" comes out of hiding. Here's the story:

The name "Old Glory" was loudly proclaimed in 1824 by Captain William Driver as he hoisted the flag given to him as a birthday present. The flag would accompany Driver on his numerous voyages around the world. When he gave up seafaring and moved inland to Nashville, Tennessee in 1837, Driver continued to display the flag...
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Can movies be good history teachers? On March 9–12 the museum will present four days of screenings, panel discussions, and unique experiences that explore the portrayal of history on screen.

The History Film Forum is free to attend, whether you are a filmmaker, scholar, viewer, student, historian, or general movie appreciator. Check out the schedule for each day and register for...
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The History Film Forum - March 9 - 12, 2017

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History Film Forum 2017 - Day Four

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History Film Forum 2017 - Day Two

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History Film Forum 2017 - Day Three

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Reverend Harold Mose Anderson used his movie camera to document life in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was known as "Black Wall Street." Our Archives Center recently digitized his film. Check out this sample and learn more about the community: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Corporal Benjamin Blayton served during World War I. This is his story.

Over There: A Buffalo Soldier in World War I

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This week in 1938: "Variety" announces that Judy Garland has been cast to play Dorothy Gale in "The Wizard of Oz," the movie in which she would wear the iconic Ruby Slippers on her journey along the yellow brick road.

We're busy preparing to perform the research needed for the conservation of the Ruby Slippers. We will stabilize and preserve them so they can be on display for decades to...
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Take a look at our newest exhibition "Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II."

February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that President Roosevelt signed in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the imprisonment of 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in prison camps across...
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At 11:05 a.m. ET today we're sharing a Facebook Live tour of our newest exhibition, "Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II." We hope you'll join us.

On the tour, you'll hear from museum experts, see a historic document from the US National Archives, learn about the heroism of Japanese Americans who served in World War II, and find out what life was like for people of...
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Today in 1945: The U.S. flag is raised by Marines on Iwo Jima at the crest of Mt. Suribachi.

This 1942 recruitment poster was designed by James Montgomery Flagg, who also designed the Uncle Sam "I Want You for the U.S. Army" poster.

How did Uncle Sam come to personify the nation? Learn more: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Learn more about essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, and social justice advocate James Baldwin from our neighbor Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Baldwin is the author of "Notes of a Native Son" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Have you read his work?

5 Things To Know: James Baldwin on Identity, Creativity, and Freedom

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Today in 1980: The U.S. Olympic hockey team, in a "miracle" game, defeats the Soviets at Lake Placid, New York, 4-3.

Do you believe in miracles (on ice)?

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On Thursday, tune in on Facebook for a LIVE video tour of some of the most interesting stories in our newest exhibition, "Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II." See the original Executive Order signed by President Roosevelt on display from the US National Archives. Hear from museum experts about objects that reveal what life in the camps was really like for people of Japanese...
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Facebook Live Tour: "Japanese Americans and World War II"

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In our Division of Medicine and Science, we research how doctors cared for patients in the past. But we also study the tools aspiring medical professionals used to hone their skills.

Macabre school supplies: 19th century dissection sets

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Today in 1763: Sarah Prince Fenn is born. This is her sampler.

This is the inscription:
"Sarah Prince Fenn Aged
12 Year 7 months
1775"

Sarah was born on February 21, 1763, to Benjamin and Mary Peck Fenn in Milford, Connecticut. She married Theophilus Miles, and they had three children—Mary, Samuel, and Sarah Fenn. Mrs. Miles died in Milford on May 15, 1790, about five months after the...
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Happy Presidents' Day! Harriet Bradbury of Charleston, New Hampshire, worked on this quilt at age 12 with the help of her mom and grandma. You can spot images of George and Martha Washington in the fabric she used: [ S.si.edu Link ]