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    Grand Review Parade

    Civil War living historians and re-enactors recreated a May 1865 parade of the Grand Army of the Republic down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to Freedom Plaza near the White…

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    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Nick Gillette gave a tour the world’s first “penitentiary,” opened in 1829 by the state of Pennsylvania. The prison was a new experiment in reform of criminals and…

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    National Constitution Center Signer's Hall

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the permanent exhibit of 42 bronze statues of America’s Founding Fathers, and talked about the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

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    Ford's Theatre "Silent Witnesses" Exhibit

    The “Silent Witnesses” exhibit at Ford’s Theatre was profiled. The exhibit brought together many of the artifacts present at the theatre on the night of President…

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    House Where Lincoln Died

    James Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, gave a tour of the Petersen House, where President Lincoln died after being shot by John Wilkes…

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    Lincoln Assassination News Reports

    Carrie Chistofferson talked about the Newseum exhibit of New York Herald special editions published on April 14-15, 1865, which show how the news unfolded after President Lincoln was shot.…

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    Surrender at Appomattox

    Historian Patrick Schroeder gave a tour of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee met Union General Ulysses S. Grant in…

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    Bacon's Castle

    American History TV visited Bacon’s Castle in Surry, Virginia. Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick dwelling in the U.S., and was occupied by Nathaniel Bacon’s…

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    Civil War Medical History

    Tim Clarke, deputy director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, presented items from the museums’s Civil War collection. Some viewers may find…

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    Chesapeake and Ohio Canal History

    Cassandra Sohyda toured and talked about the history of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. During the course of a boat ride through one of the few remaining…

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    Reagan Assassination Attempt

    Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, recreated the afternoon of March 30, 1981. On that day, John Hinckley, Jr., fired six bullets at…

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    African-American History

    Museum staff and participants in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “Save Our African American Treasures” event spoke about the museum and the…

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    Japanese American National Museum

    Bill Shishima gave a tour of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles Little Tokyo. Mr. Shishima was born in Little Tokyo in 1930 and spent three years at Heart…

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    President Lincoln's Overcoat

    When President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, he was wearing a black “Great Coat", or overcoat, inscribed with the words "One Country, One Destiny.” The coat was made…

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    U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory

    U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy gave a tour of what he calls a “living plant museum” that is located at the base of Capitol Hill and was established by Congress…

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    U.S. Botanic Garden History

    U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy talked about the history of the oldest botanic garden in North America, originally proposed by President Washington in a 1796 letter.

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    Clara Barton National Historic Site

    Kevin Patti gave a tour of the former Red Cross headquarters in Glen Echo, Maryland, and talked about the life and leadership of Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross in 1881. In…

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    Baltimore Garment Industry

    Baltimore Museum of Industry Volunteer Ed Hawkins, who worked as a fabric “spreader” for a women’s clothing manufacturer as a teenager in the 1940s, toured the museum and…

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    Octagon Museum and the Treaty of Ghent

    Helene Combs-Dreiling and Ray Rhinehart talked about the Octagon Museum near the White House to mark the 200th anniversary of the December 24, 1814, signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which…

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    Amelia Earhart Collection at Purdue University

    Sammie Morris speaks about the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University, the world’s largest collection of papers related to the American aviation…

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