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Gladys Bentley was a blues singer who performed in male drag at clubs during the Harlem Renaissance. Bentley left home at the age of 16 and ended up in Harlem, New York. She began...

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@NMAAHC here with another #HiddenHerstory! Many people learn about the Dred Scott case (Scott v. Sanford) when Scott, an enslaved man, sued for his freedom. But Harriet Robinson Scott,...

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It’s day three of the @NMAAHC Instagram takeover! #DYK a woman played in the early baseball leagues? Marcia “Toni” Stone made history in 1953 when she signed with the Indiana...

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It’s @NMAAHC and we’re back with another #HiddenHerstory! Today, we’re celebrating artist Loïs Mailou Jones. In the face of racial and gender discrimination, Jones was very...

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@NMAAHC here, taking over the @Smithsonian Instagram account for the week! We’ll be highlighting #HiddenHerstory to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth. Up first: Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander. In...

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What are you looking at? It’s a microscopic image of a tree, specifically Populus tremuloides (aka quaking aspen), the most widely distributed tree in North America. You can...

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(Not a live shot of D.C.) This @smithsonianarchives photo from Jan. 29, 1922 shows our Castle building after the “Knickerbocker” storm dropped multiple feet of snow on the area....

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Fred Rogers, born today in 1928, wore a cardigan on every episode of "Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood"—all hand-knit by his mom. Fifty years ago, Rogers walked onto a TV set, changed...

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These saucer magnolias do a great job framing our Castle building, designed by James Renwick, Jr. and completed in 1855. Follow @smithsoniangardens, who are keeping a close eye on...

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When Jane C. Webb Loudon became interested in botany in the 1830s, gardening manuals were highly technical and intended for people already in the field. The British writer, who had...

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We’re on #BloomWatch behind the Castle. @smithsoniangardens, who keeps our spaces looking so beautiful, predicts these saucer magnolias will be in full bloom late this weekend or...

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Gretchen Bender was a pioneering media artist of the 1980s who blurred the line between commercial culture and art. Her work was found in galleries and mass media—she designed the...

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#InternationalWomensDay poster from 1975, printed by the Women’s Graphics Collective, in our @cooperhewitt. Four Chicago-based women designers founded the group in 1970, bringing...

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Today our @amhistorymuseum welcomed objects donated by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was...

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Travel companion goals: yaks beside Pangong Lake in India, photographed by Yusuf Chiniwala. This photo is one of 60 finalists in @smithsonianmagazine's 15th annual photo contest. Vote...