Featured Articles

Decatur’s Heroic Life and Tragic Death

Author: Gil Klein

After an illustrious career in the Navy, Stephen Decatur died in his home on Lafayette Square following a duel with Commodore Barron.

Ditching in the Stormy North Atlantic

Author: Eric Lindner

After three of his plane's engines flamed out, Capt. John Murray was forced to land at night during a ferocious storm in the middle of the ocean. 

Massacre at Fort Pillow

Author: Fergus M. Bordewich

The brutal murder of hundreds of African-American soldiers at Fort Pillow had a profound effect on Northern sentiment during and after the Civil War.

Truman Serenades Bacall

Author: Gil Klein

Harry Truman's wife Bess was not amused when she saw the photo of her husband playing the piano while Lauren Bacall's legs dangled in front.

The Gentle Wit of Robert Benchley

Author: Bruce Watson

A founder of the Algonquin Round Table and frequent writer for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Benchley influenced generations of humorists from James Thurber to Dave Barry

The Museum That Conquers Time

Author: Bruce Watson

The Museum of Appalachia celebrates simple, honest life in late 19th Century Tennessee.

Recovery Efforts at American Heritage

Author: Edwin S. Grosvenor

It was a challenging couple of months after the flood, but our offices will soon be operational again.

It's a Wonderful Life, Redux

Author: Gil Klein

A new radio broadcast of the beloved Frank Capra movie is available online or by downloadable podcast