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    National Word War I Museum and Memorial, Part 2

    Doran Cart gave a tour of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City and spoke about objects related to America’s role in what was then called the “Great War.” The United…

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    National World War I Museum and Memorial, Part 1

    Matthew Naylor gave a tour of and talked about the National World War I Museum and Memorial, built to preserve the history of what was at the time called “The Great War” and to honor the…

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    Carpenters' Hall

    Roger Moss gave a tour of the building that served as the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774. It was also the former home to Ben Franklin’s Library Company, the…

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    General Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg

    Jim Lighthizer and Garry Adelman gave a tour of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters and talked about the property’s history and restoration. The Civil War Trust, a…

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    Virginia Capitol Building

    Mark Greenough gave a tour of Virginia’s capitol building, home to the oldest elected legislative body in the Western Hemisphere. The state’s capitol moved to Richmond in 1785, and Thomas Jefferson is credited…

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    World War I Combat Artists

    Archives volunteer Jan Hodges showed drawings by eight World War I combat artists. The National Archives in College Park, Maryland, houses hundreds of photos of artwork created during World…

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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 Mountain Relocation Center…

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    National Law Enforcement Museum

    Rebecca Looney and Sarah Haggerty talked about about the National Law Enforcement Museum and the collections which tell the story of law enforcement history. The National Law Enforcement…

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    Museum of the American Revolution Archaeology

    Rebecca Yamin and Scott Stephenson showed a selection of artifacts discovered during the construction of the new museum in Philadelphia. The objects were excavated from a former privy pit…

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    "Amending America" Exhibit

    Christine Blackerby and Jennifer Johnson gave a tour of the National Archives “Amending America” exhibit that marks the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights on…

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    Digitization of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Filmed Speeches

    Matthew Hanson and Christina Kovac described their efforts to make high resolution digital copies of 10 of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most important speeches. They showed clips of…

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    Women's Suffrage Parade Centennial

    Scenes and interviews from a centennial celebration marking the March 3, 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capitol were shown. The original parade in 1913…

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    National Building Museum and Inaugural Balls

    Tour Guide Gene Bacher talked about the National Building Museum and the 19th century Inaugural tradition that continues in the 21st century, including President Obama’s Commander-in-Chief Ball…

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    One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ann Shumard, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s senior curator of photographs, visited the exhibit, “One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.” The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the…

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    St. John's Church, Church of the Presidents

    St. John’s Church on Lafayette Square near the White House was built in 1816 and designed by U.S. Capitol architect Benjamin Latrobe. St. John’s is known as the “Church of the Presidents,”…

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    George Washington's Distillery

    An authentic working replica of George Washington’s distillery and gristmill were reconstructed on the original foundations at Mount Vernon. Whiskey and other spirits are made there as it was…

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    Space Exploration From the Moon to Mars

    Valerie Neal gave a tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. She showed artifacts that tell the story of space exploration from…

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    First Half-Century of Aviation

    Jeremy Kinney gave a tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and showed some of the museum’s one-of-a-kind artifacts that tell the story of the first…

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    Pearl Harbor Attack and Memorials

    Daniel Martinez gave a tour of some of the Pearl Harbor attack sites and memorials on the island of Oahu that are part of the National Park Service World War II Valor in the Pacific…

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    Political Cartoonist Nina Allender

    Jennifer Krafchik gave a tour of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument and talked about the work of political cartoonist Nina Allender. Nina Allender was the political cartoonist…

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