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Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

From the voyage of the HMS Bounty to the doomed flight of Alfa Foxtrot 586, author Andrew Jampoler surveys dramatic incidents of bravery, tragedy, loss, and survival that span three centuries.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

In a daylong celebration of this historic port, transportation expert Scott Hercik takes you aboard a WWII-era troop ship and the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship as you explore Baltimore’s rich maritime heritage.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Rail historian Joe Nevin leads a visit to sites including Horseshoe Curve and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum as he evokes the heyday of the city that served as the construction hub of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Some of Washington’s most significant landmarks are entrusted to the care of Stephen T. Ayers and the office of the Architect of the Capitol. Learn how an ambitious current project is restoring the Capitol Dome after years of damage and deterioration.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:45 PM

It’s a story of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness—just like America’s—but with sprinkles on top. Collector Don Kaufman looks at the invention, perfection, and popularization of a very small piece of technology that has played a big role in our national life: the ice cream scoop.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historian Ed Bearss traces his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

You know Ed Bearss as an indefatigable Civil War tour guide, but that’s just one aspect of this remarkable man. Join director David Currey and Ed at a screening of a new documentary portrait of a man for whom a love of history has always been way of life.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Jerrell's Mill, Anderson's Ford, Beaver Dam Station, and Ground Squirrel Bridge may be among the Civil War’s lesser-known battle sites, but in May 1984, they were some of the locations where Union and Confederate cavalry troops clashed as they made their way to a final confrontation at the Battle of Yellow Tavern. Historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer retrace the campaign.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Get a new perspective on the tragic events of April 15, 1865, as Anthony S. Pitch leads a history walk through Civil War-era Washington based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Get a new perspective on the tragic events of April 15, 1865, as Anthony S. Pitch leads a history walk through Civil War-era Washington based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historian Ed Bearss traces his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

All aboard for an exciting three-day rail journey through West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery led by railroad historian Joe Nevin

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Get a new perspective on the tragic events of April 15, 1865, as Anthony S. Pitch leads a history walk through Civil War-era Washington based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

In May 1864, a series of bloody conflicts near Virginia’s Spotsylvania Court House interrupted Grant’s advance on the Confederate capital. Civil War historian Ed Bearss covers a number of the area’s battle sites, including the aptly named Bloody Angle, which saw some the war’s most ferocious sustained combat.

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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