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    Life and Career of Madeleine Albright

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright received the “Great Americans” award from the National Museum of American History. She talked with philanthropist David Rubenstein about…

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    Innovation and Enterprise

    John Gray gave a tour the Innovation wing of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He showed some of his favorite objects, including a 1896 bicycle embellished with…

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    Supreme Court Food Traditions

    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor shared stories about the Supreme Court’s food traditions, including the justices' food preferences and topics of conversation at shared…

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    History and Film

    Ric Burns talked about how the public learns about history through film. Mr. Burns suggested that historical films can be powerful and compelling, but also limited in their portrayal of…

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    Innovations in Campaign Advertising

    David Schwartz presented numerous selections from his online exhibit, “The Living Room Candidate,” which features more than 300 television commercials from every presidential election since 1952. He examined the…

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    Presidential Campaign Memorabilia

    We take you behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a look at presidential campaign memorabilia dating from the time of George Washington’s…

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    Campaign and Election Tactics

    Jon Grinspan and Zephyr Teachout talked about the tactics used by political parties in the late 19th century to secure votes, with public rallies, newspapers and even bars playing a…

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    History of Political Polling

    Vanderbilt University history professor Sarah Igo, and Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen talked about the history of political polling in America at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.…

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    Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    Duke University History Professor Thavolia Glymph and University of Richmond President Edward Ayers were among the historians who explored the circumstances, outcomes, and ongoing considerations…

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    Smithsonian September 11 Collections

    In December, 2001, Congress designated the Smithsonian American History Museum as the national repository of September 11 collections. The exhibit “September 11: Remembrance and Reflection”…

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    The Legacy of Operation Pedro Pan

    In the early 1960s more than 14,000 Cuban children arrived alone in the United States in the movement now known as Operation Pedro Pan. Dick Lobo moderated a roundtable discussion with scholars and Operation…

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    Re-Opening of the National Museum of American History

    President Bush spoke at a ceremony marking the re-opening of the National Museum of American History, which had been closed for renovations since September 5, 2006. The museum would be open…

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    Presidential Biographers

    Members of a President’s Day panel talked about the presidential biographies they wrote for Times Books' American Presidents series. Mr. Schlesinger, the general editor of the series,…

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    The Curious Life of Robert Hooke

    Ms. Jardine talked about her book The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London, published by HarperCollins. It is a biography of scientist, inventor, architect, surveyor, and…

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    The Peloponnesian War

    Professor Kagan talked about his book, The Peloponnesian War, published by Viking. In this lecture, he explored the modern lessons that could be drawn from this conflict between the Greek…

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    America: A Patriotic Primer: Book Party

    Mrs. Cheney spoke at an event marking the publication of her new children’s book, America: A Patriotic Primer. The book is a history of the United States told through the stories of twenty-six…

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