How hot air balloons were used in the Civil War for both surveillance and reconnaissance.
Museum of Artifacts That Made America
From the first video games to the cotton gin; how do the inventions of the past impact the world around us today?
In 1796, Amelia Simmons released ‘American Cookery’, the first cookbook to be published by an American, in the United States.
Abolitionist John Brown – the first US citizen to be executed for treason.
This is the story of a community art project that changed the world’s perception of HIV and AIDs.
In 1972, Anthony Romani used the raised fist symbol to create a product that came to symbolise African-American history, culture and pride.
In 1921, John Augustus Larson, a medical student and police officer invented a machine to help determine if someone was lying.
In 1962, when a quick and accurate means of communication was needed between two of the world’s greatest superpowers, the Moscow-Washington hotline was created.
During the Spanish Influenza, the San Francisco Mayor singed The Mask Ordinance – the first order requiring the wearing of face masks in public in the United States.
In 1777, The Betsy Ross Flag was adopted by the thirteen colonies fighting for freedom as the United States’ first official flag. But not everyone in America was free.
This is the story of how African American baseball players overcame racial segregation to claim the national pastime of Baseball as their own.