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Navajo Rug | History Detectives

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THE DETECTIVE: Eduardo Pagán.

THE PLACE: Crownpoint, New Mexico.

THE CASE: History Detectives investigates the mystery behind an unusual Navajo rug. We meet with a Navajo medicine man and a traditional Navajo weaver, and then travel to Crownpoint, New Mexico, long considered the center of Navajo weaving to discover if a weaver violated a taboo to create this rug. Finally, History Detectives visits a textile historian to find out who may have been behind this controversial design.

Outdoor Installation

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Truman Lowe, a contemporary sculptor, works with students to create a collaborative art project at Wickliffe Mounds. Wickliffe Mounds, located in western Kentucky, was the home of a now-vanished Native American society—the Mississippian culture—from about 1000 to 1300. Lowe, who is from Wisconsin is of Native American heritage, a Winnebago/Ho-Chunk. The student art installation was intended to honor the legacy of the Mississippian culture.

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Hillsboro

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Hear how the Hillsboro Community Partnership has led the rehabilitation of two significant buildings on the central downtown corner of Main Street and Caledonia Avenue.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”
 

 

Sesame Street | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the formation of The Children’s Television Workshop in 1966 launched Sesame Street in this video excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Led by Joan Ganz Cooney, The Children's Television Workshop was born amid social upheaval. Henson joined the CTW’s “Sesame Street” though he was reluctant to be lableled a little kid's producer. The show was a huge success.

Kermit’s Legacy | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the legacy of the Muppets lives on after Jim Henson's death in 1990 in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After Henson's death, his family and colleagues agree to continue their life’s work with the Muppets. An emotional Muppets TV special airs six months after Jim’s death.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Judy Garland Museum

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Born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, the world came to know her better as legendary entertainer Judy Garland. The Gumm family moved to California when Judy was just a child, but visitors can tour the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, especially during the exciting Wizard of Oz Festival each June. In addition, you can walk through the house Judy grew up in.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Bresnahan Home

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Natural materials and simplicity of traditional Japanese forms are used in the design and decor of the Bresnahan home, as seen in this video tour.

Indian Pride, Gaming: Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Flamenco guitarist Geron Decker of the San Carlos Apache of Arizona who describes his work and performs several songs.

Prairie Churches | Immigrant Church Artist

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Berthold von Imhoff graced more than 90 churches with his art, but St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Reading, Pennsylvania, may be his finest work. The prairie is dotted with unique and picturesque churches, many of which are in danger of being lost forever. Prairie Public’s documentary Prairie Churches preserves images of this priceless heritage and tells the story of Count Berthold von Imhoff, a painter whose artwork lends a unique beauty to 18 churches. Often the first community structure built, these landmarks represent the dreams of settlers who sought to forge future for their families. Prairie Churches explores the role churches played in sustaining the history and culture of the vanishing rural landscape. 

Elisa Korenne: Steamboats on the Red

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Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it's hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul and Winnipeg. This original song by Minnesota musician Elsia Korenne tells the tale of willpower and cut-throat competition that brought steamboats to the Red and made them work.

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Lisbon

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Watch how the community of Lisbon is enhancing its downtown by rehabilitating the Lisbon Opera House with the help of a theater group, the “No Name Players.”

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Marcil Group

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Learn how the Marcil Group focuses on projects in small towns, redeveloping historical buildings for new housing primarily.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Watford City

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Learn how the community of Watford City has moved old wooden structures to an historical park and preserved numerous downtown buildings with revenue from a one percent city sales tax in order to encourage tourism and economic development.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Arnegard

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Learn about the work of one former resident of Arnegard who returned home and overcame attitudes of some local naysayers to rehab the town’s 25,000-square-foot closed school, and reopen it as the "Old School Bed and Breakfast."

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

The Lincoln Memorial | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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The Lincoln Memorial, designed by architect Henry Bacon, sits at one end of the National Mall. Watch this video to learn more about the memorial, its design, and internal features. The memorial was created so that visitors climb steps that are “intentionally long and high, both to lift the memorial high in the air so that it can be seen from a distance, and also so that the climb itself is somewhat arduous.” Enter the memorial to find a giant statue of Lincoln, sitting on a chair, then wander through the chambers to read his addresses.

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