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    Illinois River History

    Ann Schmitt and Doug Blodgett talked about the history of the Illinois River and its impact on the city of Peoria. Ms. Schmitt gave a tour of the “Illinois River Encounter” exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and…

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    Titanic Survivor Molly Brown

    Jamie Melissa Wilms gave a tour of the Molly Brown House Museum and talked about Denver, Colorado’s Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown, better known as “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Ms. Wilms talked about how Molly Brown…

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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 operating…

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    Dead Wake

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the sinking of the British ocean liner by a German U-boat in 1915 and the influence of the event on…

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    Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

    Dennis Delor gave a tour of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the first lighthouse in the state of Michigan, and talked about the history of the site. She explained how the site began as a military post to guard…

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    Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes

    Joel Stone talked about his book, Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes: A History of Passender Steamships on the Inland Seas, about the history of the waterways in and around Port Huron, Michigan, and the…

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    Senators Alexander and Feinstein on Energy and Water

    Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, introduced an energy and…

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    RMS Queen Mary

    John Thomas gave a tour of the RMS Queen Mary, a 1930s luxury passenger ship, and talked about its history. The ship was in service for thirty-one years and was converted to a troop carrier during World War…

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    Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

    Brian Kilmeade talked about his book Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, which he co-wrote with Don Yaeger. In the book, the authors examine President Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to thwart…

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    Port of Oakland

    Marilyn Sandifur talked about the history of shipping in Oakland, California. The city’s geographical location made it ideal for shipping, but the development of containerization as a new system for shipping…

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    Industrialist Henry Kaiser

    Lincoln Cushing shared the history of and highlighted items from Kaiser Permanente’s Henry J. Kaiser Collection and Archives. During World War II, Henry Kaiser ran several shipyards, including the Richmond…

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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and…

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    Simon Winchester talked about his book Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s…

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    Q&A with Robert Kurson

    Robert Kurson talked about his book, Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, about the search for the Golden Fleece, which was sunk off the coast of the…

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    Erie Canal Museum

    Dan Ward gave a tour of the Erie Canal Museum and showed some of the museum’s collection of canal-related artifacts, including the only existing weigh lock building in the U.S., and spoke about how the Erica…

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    U.S. Port Safety

    Security, transportation, and logistics industry professionals testified at a hearing on U.S. port security in response to a revelation by the Associated Press that the Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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    Erie Canal and Buffalo, New York

    Tom Dee talked about the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the city of Buffalo, New York. The construction of the Erie Canal in 1925 etabilshed an all-water passage from the Great Lakes through…

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    Tall Ship Elissa

    Jamie White talked about the Tall Ship Elissa, an 1877 merchant sailing vessel. The Elissa was built when sailing ships were beginning to be replaced by steam ships, and is still a fully-functioning vessel…

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    Port of Galveston

    Dwayne Jones talked about the history of the Port of Galveston, Texas. The port was one of the busiest in the country, exporting commodities such as cotton, cattle, and rice, and also serving as a major terminal for…

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    Augusta Canal and Old Confederate Powder Works

    Julie Boone talked about the history of the Augusta Canal and explained why it was chartered in 1845. Rebecca Rogers talked about the Old Confederate Powder Works, which was built during the Civil War.…

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