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Smithsonian Hosts Emancipation Proclamation Event

The Smithsonian will be hosting a forum and live performance Monday afternoon in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Reenacting Antietam: Fighting As Family Once Did

Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest battles of any war. At the battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., some of those reenacting the battle have family members who were there for this pivotal moment in history.
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Still Home Sweet Home More Than A Century Later

The Homestead Act of 1862 granted free farms to almost any settler who struck out west. A German peasant named Frederick Wohler received the deed to 80 acres of farmland in north-central Kansas 138 years ago this weekend. And today, the Wohlers are still there.
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To Find Truly Wild Rice, Head North To Minnesota

Processed wild rice dominates grocery store shelves, but around the Great Lakes, Native Americans still harvest it the same way their ancestors did centuries ago. This weekend, the Wild Rice Festival in Rosemont, Minn., celebrates the tradition.
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Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War

In mid-September 1862, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac clashed on the banks of Antietam Creek, just outside Sharpsburg, Md., in a battle that became the nation's bloodiest day. Two photographers documented the carnage in an unprecedented series of "death studies."
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Revisiting 'Life' Magazine's 'Take-Over Generation'

In 1962, Life magazine ran its version of a "who's who under 40" list — a special issue it called "The Take-Over Generation." Many of the 100 young professionals profiled went on to prominence in their fields. Three men reflect on how America has changed since they were featured in 1962.
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D.C.'s Frederick Douglass Statue Will Move To Capitol

Frederick Douglass will finally take his rightful place in the U.S. Capitol, alongside statues representing historic figures from the rest of the United States.

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A Little Patience, A Lot Of Salt Are Keys To A Lost Pickle Recipe

Expert pickler Marisa McClellan recreates a listener's lost pickle recipe, and explains why her grandma's pickles are saltier than many modern-day versions. They're fermented, like a true kosher dill pickle.

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