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Christmas | All About the Holidays

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Christmas Day isn't just a holiday for Christians. Learn about the various traditions that people hold to celebrate it. Then have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Valentine's Day | All About the Holidays

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No one knows for sure who St. Valentine was, but we still honor him with a holiday. Listen to one legend about who he was, and discover more about this celebration of love.

Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays

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Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

West Virginia History in 10 Seconds l State Capital

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Use this 10 second history lesson to trace the movements of the West Virginia state capital.

West Virginia History in 10 Seconds l State Name

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Explore the various names considered for the new state created from a part of Virginia during the Civil War.

West Virginia History in 10 Seconds l Chuck Yeager

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Examine the career of the "fastest man alive", Chuck Yeager.

Eileen Collins

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Eileen Collins was born in Elmira, NY. Upon graduating from Syracuse University, she joined the U.S. Air Force and logged over 6,751 flight hours in 30 different types of aircraft. In 1990, NASA selected her for the astronaut program. She retired from NASA in 2006 having logged 872 hours in space.

J. Alden Loring

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Loring, a naturalist, mammologist and author, had worked for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Bureau of Biological Survey. In 1909 he embarked on an expedition to Africa with President Theodore Roosevelt to collect specimens for a new Natural History Museum.

Corporal Margaret Hastings

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Corporal Hastings was a member of the female branch of the U.S. Army, Women's Army Corps, or WAC's. In 1944 she survived a plane crash in the jungles of Papua, New Guinea. She endured extreme hardships after this event but eventually was rescued and had a hero's welcome upon her return to Owego, NY.

David Maydole

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In 1845 Maypole invented the 'adze eye' hammer and began producing them out of his shop in Norwich, NY. The unique design kept the striking head firmly attached to the handle and the two parts from separating. The tool was an immediate success and the company became the largest producer in the U.S.

Peter Webb

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In 1813, slave Peter Webb made an arrangement with his master that would allow him to purchase his own freedom. It took five years of hard work in the mills and shops around Ithaca, NY, but in 1818 he bought his freedom for $384.00.

Simeon DeWitt

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At the close of the American Revolution, settlers flooded into the frontier regions of New York looking for a fresh start and new opportunities. The task of mapping and surveying the uncharted wilderness of the new nation fell upon intrepid surveyors like Simeon DeWitt.

Gowongo Mohawk

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During the early 20th century traveling western shows captivated American audiences. Go-won-go gained fame while performing in these shows. She was a terrific athlete and one of the first Native American actresses to perform on American stage. She was an advocate for Native American rights.

Jim 'Deacon' White

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May 4, 1871 James White made history when he had the hit during first at-bat, in the first major league all-professional baseball game. His career spanned 23 years, during which time he won two batting titles, three RBI crowns, and six national championships.

Simon Kenton | Kentucky Chautauqua

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Mel Hankla presents frontiersman Simon Kenton.

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