Archive for 'Travel Programs'

The Discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb

“Everywhere the glint of gold!” was the description of archaeologist Howard Carter, as he peered into the darkness of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, the first person to do so in over 3,000 years.  Politics and principle, professional rivalry and personalities clashed in the glare of gold and the dust of history.  We explore the [...]

The White House: America’s First Home

Since 1800, when John Adams moved in and Abigail hung out her wash in the East Room, the White House has been the home of our presidents.  Through the years it has been rebuilt, rearranged, remodeled, and redecorated, while history has unfolded in and around it.  We’ll look at historical views of the White House, [...]

Jamaica: Island in the Sun

Where does one begin with Jamaica?  With the sunshine, waving palm trees, and north shore resorts?  With the ladies balancing baskets on their heads through the open air markets?  With the pirates who swaggered up and down the streets of old Port Royal in the 1600′s?   I spent a couple of years in Jamaica as [...]

Brazil: Our American Neighbor

Brazil is the fifth largest nation in the world, a country of vast proportions, sharing its borders with 10 of the 12 South American countries.  It possesses multiple climates, beautiful scenery, and a diverse population of birds and amphibians.  In its forests are primitive tribes that have as yet had no contact with the outside [...]

Old Ireland: Lilting Songs and Blarney Stones

Here’s a great St. Patrick’s Day program:  Take a tour of famed Blarney Castle, with it’s Cromwellian history, dungeon, “Witches Kitchen”, “Wishing Steps”, and “Murder Hole.”  Imagine yourself dangling upside down to kiss the famous Blarney Stone!  Then join me in singing a selection of those delightful Irish songs, like, “My Wild Irish Rose”, “When [...]

The U. S. Capitol: Hallowed Halls of Democracy

Few public buildings have a history as rich and fraught with significance as the U.S. Capitol Building.  The ghosts of famous names from the past look down from the walls and stalk the halls:  statesmen, power brokers, inquisitors, and pioneers, fresh from the wilderness.  The building itself, since the laying of its cornerstone in 1793, [...]

Yellowstone Then and Now

Our nation’s first national park was still young when lecturer John L. Stoddard visited Yellowstone in the 1890’s.  We review the history and development of the Park, comparing Mr. Stoddard’s stories and photographs with stories and photographs from visits a century later.  See pictures of geysers, waterfalls, mud pots, and canyons, and buffalo, grizzlies, beavers, [...]

Fort Snelling: Outpost on the Mississippi

Travel back in time for a visit to Minnesota’s first military installation, built at the juncture of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in order to establish the nation’s presence in the northern reaches of the Louisiana Purchase.  View the barracks, shops, guardhouse, store, and fortifications of the outpost, and hear the Fort’s history through the [...]

The Statue of Liberty: Beacon of Hope

In 1886, America celebrated the unveiling of “Liberty Enlightening the World,” or, as we know it, the Statue of Liberty.  Since then, from its pedestal in New York Harbor, the statue has welcomed millions of immigrants to a new world and freedom.  We follow the statute’s fascinating story, from its conception by sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi [...]

Norway and Syttende Mai

Snakker du norsk?  May 17 is Syttende Mai, Norway’s Independence Day.  All over Norway the people pour into the streets, the children parade, the bands march, the dignitaries orate, and everyone sings “Ja, vi elsker dette landet”, the Norwegian national anthem.  Here’s a program to help us all celebrate! Norway is one of the most [...]


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