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    Debate Over Public Monuments

    Curator Wendy Ikemoto explored the New York Historical Society’s exhibition that addresses the debate over historical monuments. This was a virtual program hosted by the New York Historical…

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    Jim Crow and Its Afterlives

    University of Pennsylvania political science professor Adolph Reed provided a history of the Jim Crow era through the day-to-day lives of Blacks in the South. This was a virtual program…

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    Ways and Means

    Author Roger Lowenstein talked about how Abraham Lincoln and his secretary of Treasury Salmon Chase worked together to manage the financial front during the Civil War, levying taxes and…

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    Fly Girls

    Keith O’Brien talked about female pilots in the 1920s who broke into the male-dominated sport of airplane racing. This talk was part of the University of Mary Washington’s “Great Lives”…

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    1939 World's Fair

    Trinity Washington University global affairs professor Allen Pietrobon provided a history of the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City that took place in the lead-up to World War II. The Fair included a…

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    Underwriters of the United States

    Historian Hannah Farber described the role of American maritime insurers during the American Revolution through the early 19th century. She talked about how they helped the U.S. negotiate…

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    A Woman of Adventure: The Life & Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover

    Former first lady Lou Henry Hoover was a trained geologist who joined Herbert Hoover in his World War I relief efforts before moving into the White House in 1929. Annette Dunlap, author of…

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    Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential Leisure

    Presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin talked about how presidents have sought refuge from the pressures of their job - with sports, fishing, theater, and even poker. She…

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    Battle for Paris August 1944 United Newsreel

    U.S. Office of War Information newsreel uses film shot by French resistance fighters to tell the story of the August 25, 1944 liberation of Paris during World War II.

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    The Murders that Made Us

    Author Bob Calhoun looked at 170 years of San Francisco’s history through the crimes that marked each era. The California Historical Society hosted this virtual event.

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    David Eisenhower on Ike's Leadership

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    President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandson, David, talked about Ike’s leadership in the military and as president - and about the forces that shaped him. Mr. Eisenhower is the author of “Going Home…

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    Battling Nature in Korea and Vietnam

    Professor Lisa Brady talked about how chemical agents were used during the Korean and Vietnam wars to destroy the landscape and infrastructure. She argued that during this time the U.S. military began…

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    Political Polarization since the 1970s

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    Historians and political scientists looked at how politicians and voters have become increasingly sorted by party ideology, and what it means for American democracy. This program was part…

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    Public Officials and Local History

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    State and city officials discussed South Carolina’s Heritage Act and the role of government in selecting and preserving historic sites. The Charleston Forum hosted this event.

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    Generals Patton & Rommel and D-Day

    Former U.S. Army Historian Kim Holien spoke about the impact that Generals George Patton and Erwin Rommel had on the June 6, 1944, D-Day operation. This event took place at the Lyceum in…

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    Churchill Today

    Historian Andrew Roberts defended Winston Churchill’s legacy against contemporary criticism. This was a virtual event hosted by the New York Historical Society in New York City.

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    Alexander Hamilton and the Early Republic

    Professor Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman talked about Alexander Hamilton’s role in the creation of the federal government. She described how, after the American Revolution, states operated as separate…

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    Harry Truman's Education

    The story of the 33rd president’s education was told in the newly renovated Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. He was the only 20th century president…

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    Presidential Mourning and Tragedy

    How do presidential libraries, homes, and historic sites interpret stories of tragedy and death? Speakers included representatives of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association…

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    Cold War Anti-Communist Trading Cards

    Cold War historian Victoria Phillips explored the anti-communist trading cards that the Bowman Bubblegum Company released in 1951. The 48 cards in the “Fight the Red Menace” series depicted…

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