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Fact Sheet

Care of Victorian Silk Quilts and Slumber Throws
Cher Ami--World War I Carrier Pigeon
Early Cars: Fact Sheet for Children
Facts about the United States Flag
Famous Horses
Genealogical Research for Native Americans
General Information on Obtaining Authentication and Appraisal of Violins
Guidelines for Caring for Objects
Hammer Dulcimer: History and Playing
Making a Hammer Dulcimer
Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812
Thanksgiving in North America: From Local Harvests to National Holiday
The Hammered Dulcimer
The Titanic
Tucker Automobiles
Ukelin and Related Instruments
Winchester, General Philip H. Sheridan's War Horse

War heroes are not always human, and the Smithsonian has several animal soldiers in its collection.

Online Exhibition

"Make the Dirt Fly!": Building the Panama Canal

This exhibition explores the background, planning, and construction of the Panama Canal, focusing on 19th- and early 20th-century activities and concluding with events in 1915 marking the opening of the Canal. 

"So Much Need of Service" – The Diary of a Civil War Nurse

The experiences of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin -- revealed through her diary -- reflect the sacrifices of millions of Americans who contributed to the war effort.

150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth

The National Portrait Gallery marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of four alcove exhibitions -- one each year -- commemorating this period of American history. The first of these exhibitions recounts the death of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a friend of President Lincoln, in Alexandria, Virginia.

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