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    Fort Pitt Museum

    Alan Gutchess gave a tour of the Fort Pitt Museum and talked about the origins of Pittsburgh as a military fort. Mr. Gutchess explained how the English and French both held control of the land at various…

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    Making Haste from Babylon

    Nick Bunker recounts the Pilgrim voyage aboard the Mayflower from England to Northern American and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620. The author recounts the Pilgrims development of…

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    American Founding and Crisis of the House Divided

    Professor Hadley Arkes taught a class on the intellectual origins of the American system of laws and government. He described the influence of Aristotle and Enlightenment thinkers on the…

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    Syphax Descendants Interviews

    Craig Syphax and Stephen Hammond, descendants of the Syphax family, talked about their ancestors who were slaves at Arlington House before the Civil War.

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    Monocacy Battlefield Slave Quarters

    Joy Beasley gave a tour as she described the recent efforts to excavate a 200 year-old slave quarters on the Monocacy National Battlefield. The discovery in 2003 took place on the National…

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    Snee Farm Plantation and Charles Pinckney

    Ranger Carlin Timmons talked about the story of Charles Pinckney. A signer of the U.S. Constitution, governor of South Carolina, and a member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he is sometimes called…

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    Independence Hall Assembly Room

    National Park Service Park Ranger Matthew Ifill told the story of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention from the room inside Independence Hall where the events…

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    New Mexico's Palace of the Govenors

    Frances Levine talked about the history of the Palace of Governors and some of the figures who have lived in the building. She also toured several of the building’s rooms and exhibits. The Palace of the Governors was…

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    Castillo de San Marcos

    Joe Brehm gave a tour of the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, and talked about its history. The fort was built in 1672 while the city was under Spanish rule.…

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    Alexander Hamilton and George Washington

    Stephen Knott, author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, talked about the relationship between Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. He argued that…

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    Conserving George Washington's Headquarters Tent

    Conservation specialists talked about the history of George Washington’s headquarters tent, and techniques used to conserve and display the artifact. When Philadelphia’s Museum of the American…

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    Pettengill Collection

    Barbara Meyn talked about abolitionists Moses and Lucy Pettengill, who moved to Peoria, Illinois, in 1834 and started several business and a church that promoted anti-slavery. Ms. Meyn shared stories written…

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    The Witches

    Stacy Schiff talked about her book The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem, in which she recalls the Salem Witch Trials. She spoke on the History and Biography Stage at…

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    Peirce Mill

    John DeFerrari and Jeanne Minor gave a tour of Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., and talked about its history and operations. Built on Rock Creek in 1829, the mill was…

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    Alexander Hamilton's Legacy

    Richard Brookhiser talked about the life and legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Mr. Brookhiser argued that Hamilton’s economic achievements, including his support for building…

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    History and Hamilton the Musical

    Scholars examined the history covered by the musical Hamilton and talked about its significance in modern popular culture as well as its place in the larger context of theater and film productions…

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    Alexander Hamilton and the Morris-Jumel Mansion

    Carol Ward talked about the historical ties between Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Ms. Ward also talked about the connection between the site and the musical…

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    Myths About New England Puritans

    Lori Stokes talked about five myths about New England Puritans that have given the religious group a negative reputation.

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    People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas

    Professor emeritus John Demos led a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. He explored how Indian, European, and African populations converged and exchanged…

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    History of El Pueblo

    Jeremy Morton gave a tour of the El Pueblo History Museum and spoke about the history of the trading post that eventually became the city of Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo’s location on the Arkansas River made it a…

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