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Entrepreneurs & Inventors

April Fool’s Day in the U.S.

April Fool's Day has been a part of American life for a very long time. During the late 19th century food pranks were popular. Because... continue »

Guardian of the Manhattan Project: Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin

McKibbin served as the primary contact for people arriving to work on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico After the war, she remained... continue »

St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.: Six Surprising Facts

1. St. Patrick's Day as a cultural holiday is an American invention -- the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States... continue »

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908-1998): Photographer and Chronicler of African-American Life

Had a true photographer’s eye for capturing people doing everyday things; took more than 80,000 images during his career, mostly of daily life in Pittsburgh... continue »

Alice Coachman (1923-2014): First African American Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

World-class athlete specializing in the high jump First African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal (1948 in London); paved the way for other... continue »

Marjorie Stewart Joyner (1896-1994): Inventor of a Permanent Hair-Wave Machine

Invented a permanent wave machine that added curl to straight hair and could be used to straighten curly hair Became national supervisor for more than... continue »

In Honor of Presidents Day

Today we celebrate both Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12)  and George Washington's birthday (February 22) on the same weekend, so in honor of both presidents... continue »

Esther Howland (1828-1904), First in America to Mass Produce Valentines

Valentines need to be held to be appreciated. An e-valentine just isn't the same.  A woman in Massachusetts was the first to develop the concept... continue »

Victor Green Created the Green Book–A Travel Guide for African Americans

• Victor Green's book (The Negro Motorist Green Book), was a travel guide for African Americans. It was needed because of Jim Crow laws. During... continue »

The American Barn: A Disappearing American Icon

The American barn is a quickly-disappearing icon of our country.  When rural life in America dominated, barns varied in style and purpose but there was... continue »

Will Rogers (1879-1935): His Wisdom Still Applies Today

Will Rogers was a part-Cherokee American who grew up in Indian Territory and began his career in vaudeville doing rope tricks; he went on to... continue »

The True Inventor of Blue Jeans

  No article of clothing better represents America than a pair of denim jeans. The birth of this ubiquitous apparel took place almost 150 years... continue »