• Boom! National Park Service Ranger Explains Constitution, Bill of Rights
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    Boom! National Park Service Ranger Explains Constitution, Bill of Rights

    Today’s society, we tend to laugh. We tend to joke. We kind of get to poke fun at our government. What gets done. What doesn’t get done. Try doing it for the very first time. Try doing it for the very first time. Because that’s exactly what these men are doing. They are flying by the seat of their pants. No one knew if it would work. No one knew how long it would work. If it didn’t work, whose job was it to fix it? What these men put on paper still govern this country today. Could they have address every issue during the Constitutional Convention? No. But, they…

  • Appomattox Campaign, Episode 23: The Confederate Cemetery (HD)
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    Appomattox Campaign, Episode 23: The Confederate Cemetery (HD)

    [Banjo Music] We are currently located in the Confederate Cemetery, surrounded by the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. These gravestones represent just a few of the soldiers who died during the American Civil War – the total casualties of about 750,000 boys. 750,000 boys who were here in 1861 would not be here in 1865. Those soldiers fight for many different reasons, but they do answer a few questions. One of those questions is, will the United States government survive; will the idea of democracy live on through the ages? Of course, we know today that answer was yes, the United States government, this idea of democracy, can survive.…

  • Museum Monday 5/7/12: Confederate Cartridge Box
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    Museum Monday 5/7/12: Confederate Cartridge Box

    Hi everyone, welcome to another Museum Monday, Greg Goodell here at Gettysburg National Military Park, pulling some things from the collection for you to see. What I have for you today is actually a Confederate manufactured cartridge box. There’s a few characteristics that distinguish it as Confederate. First, of course, it doesn’t have any sort of cartridge box plate on it. You can also look, it’s hard to see under here, and I won’t be able to lift it because the leather’s stiff, but there is a much more simplified lead keeper nub in place. Also, it’s a very simplistic browned leather cartridge sling. This is actually a remnant piece,…

  • Moving the Lock Keeper’s House and the Constitution Garden Improvement Phase I
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    Moving the Lock Keeper’s House and the Constitution Garden Improvement Phase I

    Good afternoon. My name is Diana Warring and I’m the Director of the Interior Museum, and it’s my pleasure to have you all here this afternoon for the latest installment of our monthly lecture series. As many of you know, these lectures encompass a wide range of topics – historical, environmental, scientific – to reflect the diverse workings of our bureaus and the Department of the Interior as a whole, past and present. A quick bit of housekeeping before we get started is that on your seats you’ll all find a feedback form. We encourage you to fill these out and deposit them on the tray outside in conclusion of…