Ladies' fashions in the early 1900s mixed opulence with practicality, as evidenced in the popularity of the shirtwaist, worn by increasing numbers of women entering the American workforce. In this gallery, pricey fabrics and large hats juxtapose with the harsh conditions of the factories in which the garments were made. Immigrant laborers often worked 14-hour days for less than $2 a day.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.