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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.

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.

The Garden (Clip 3) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment of Exploring Monticello, we learn about Jefferson's vast garden where he experimented with growing many different varieties of vegetables.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Innovations in the Great Hall and Jefferson's Office (Clip 1) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment of Exploring Monticello we learn about the large wall clock that is in Monticello's entrance hall, and the many innovations in Jefferson's office.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Natural History Artifacts (Clip 2) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment from Exploring Monticello, we learn about the natural history artifacts that are on display at Monticello.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Exploring Monticello

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Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists. This field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Archaeology Adventures: Early Alabama History (full episode)

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Three young kids venture outside their 2-D animated world to learn about early Alabama history for their upcoming school report. Aided by their hyper-intelligent robotic friend Roto and a magical portal, they visit some of Alabama’s historic sites to learn about Native American societies, early settlers, and the beginning of Alabama’s statehood. With the help of local archaeologists and historians they just might make it back home in time to get to school and turn in their report!

Exploring Mount Vernon

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Explore the famous Mount Vernon estate in this electronic field trip to the historic home of our nation's first president. Learn from Mount Vernon's interpreters and curators. This electronic field trip targets students in grades 4-8. It will give students the unique opportunity to visit one of America's most famous homes while enhancing their knowledge of early American history.

The Farm | Exploring Mount Vernon

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Our student reporter meets "Slammin' Joe" to learn about what farm workers' lives and jobs were like at Mount Vernon. We then visit the 16-sided barn where we learn how wheat is turned into flour, including how horses aid in wheat preparation for the mill.

The Blacksmith Shop | Exploring Mount Vernon

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Our student reporter visits Eric Zieg at the blacksmith shop to learn about how blacksmiths make tools to help other artisans at Mount Vernon.

The Mansion Tour | Exploring Mount Vernon

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George Washington himself welcomes us to tour his mansion. Martha Washington joins our student reporter for a tour of the large dining room and the parlor. Mount Vernon Curator Laura Simo then shows us the master bedroom and George Washington's study which was filled with interesting artifacts and innovations.

Billie Jean Young

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Billie Jean Young, a poet, author, actor, educator, activist, and artist-in-residence at Judson College, talks about her unique career that combines her interests in rural women, the Civil Rights Movement and life in the Alabama Black Belt. Ms. Young was a 2011 AT&T Black History Calendar honoree. She has performed her one woman show, entitled "Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light of Mine," around the world.

Dr. Ethel Hall

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Dr. Ethel Hall, a life long educator, began her career as a teacher and became the first African American Vice President of the Alabama State Board of Education. She was featured in the 2011 AT&T African American History Calendar. Dr. Hall was a long-term advocate for students and teachers.

The Children's March (Full Episode)

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In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama was on the frontline of the American Civil Rights Movement. This first episode explores these events as our student reporters begin a journey to discover how the Civil Rights Movement is still relevant today. On the way they visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Bethel Baptist Church and more, to speak with experts. Then Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Ahmad Ward, Director of Education for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, answer viewer questions.

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