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Our Nation's Capitol

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Join student reporters as they uncover the history, art and architecture that define America’s living symbol of democracy and freedom, the Capitol Building.

Tour of the Rotunda | Our Nation's Capitol

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In this segment, we are taken on a tour of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, which is filled with statues of notable Americans as well as other artwork that depicts United States history and culture.

The History of the Capitol | Our Nation's Capitol

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Join student reporters as they learn more about the Capitol Building and the history that surrounds it.

The National Mall | Our Nation's Capitol

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Join student reporters as they explore the U.S. Capitol, memorials and other buildings in the National Mall and learn more about the U.S. government.

Creating the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Victoria takes a tour of the monuments and statues at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and thinks about what they all represent. She then visits Jay Hall Carpenter, one of the sculptors who worked on The Three Soldiers memorial, to learn about the creative process, and how she can help create an artwork to thank Mr. Lane for his service.

Mary Ann Pettway, Gee's Bend Quilters

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Mary Ann Pettway, Director of the Gee's Bend Quilter's Collective, recounts the history of the Gee's Bend Quilters. This group of Alabama women has gained national and international acclaim for their work in carrying on the tradition of quilt making. The Gee's Bend Quilters were featured in the 2012 AT&T Alabama African American History Calendar.

Artistic Roots: Alabama's Creative Culture (Full Episode)

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Artistic Roots: Alabama’s Creative Culture explores the study and creation of music, theatre, sculpture, folk, and visual arts around the state. Students have the opportunity to learn about folk art from the Cargo Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art, meet Medusa being carved from Sylacauga marble, visit a community playhouse in Montgomery, witness a giant sting ray mural come to life on Dauphin Island, discover what it takes to become a record producer in Birmingham, and experience a studio session at the infamous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Studying the arts provides opportunities for students to expand their understanding of the world and their place in it and gain essential skills needed to create their own artistic expressions.

Jazz: Following the Band - Audience Participation

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Parading, led by a brass band, has expanded and is now part of a variety of events. This video includes a traditional exhibition of marching with audience participation. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Alabama Blues: The Real Deal

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Meet Carroline Shines, a blues singer and the daughter of the late Johnny Shines, a famous delta blues singer from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was filmed at The Sucharnochee Revue in Livingston, Alabama. This video shows Carroline sharing her musical talents as a mentor for the Alabama Blues Project, a music program in Tuscaloosa that introduces youth to the historical and cultural significance of blues music. Alabama's many contributions to blues music are discussed.

Jazz: The Role of Brass Bands

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Listen to a discussion about cultural performances and festivals, and hear Marcus Johnson and the Bay City Brass Band perform "Just A Closer Walk with Thee." This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Jazz: Musical Improvisation

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Listen to a performance of "When the Saints Go Marching In," featuring musician improvisation. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Jazz: The History of Brass Bands in Mobile, Alabama

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Watch a video slide presentation on the history of Brass Bands in Mobile, Alabama. The bands discussed include the Excelsior Brass Band 1883, Pearson's Brass Band, and Griffith's Hypnotic Band. Topics discussed include the Turkish influence, performances at parades, community events, funerals, school openings and closings, and the function of the drum major. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Bluegrass in Alabama: A Conversation with Jake Landers

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Listen as Jake Landers talks about his Alabama roots about his Alabama roots, the roots of bluegrass music and his songwriting career. Jake is recognized worldwide as one of bluegrass music’s finest songwriters, having penned such classics as “Secret of the Waterfall,” “The Girl I Love,” and “The Last Request.”

Jazz: Mobile Brass Band Traditions

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Listen to a discussion of Mobile Brass Band traditions, presented by Kern Jackson. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

The Sucarnochee Review: Featuring Jacky Jack White

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Learn about Jacky Jack White, a singer/songwriter who hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, "The Sucarnochee Revue." The “Revue” offers Alabama performers an opportunity to perform and preserve Alabama music and share that music with the rest of the world. The show is taped at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama and at the Temple Theatre in Meridian, Mississippi. It is aired on radio stations in ten states and overseas.

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