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Alexandria Library Receives Gift Of 1796 Map

Alexandria Library is receiving a piece of the city's history: a map and ledger detailing the ample land holdings of one of the city's namesakes, Charles Alexander. 

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Teaching The War Of 1812 Different In U.S., Canada

Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Even though it's a conflict that inspired our national anthem and in which the British burned down the White House, the war remains a forgotten chapter in U.S. history. But not so in Canada. Robert Siegel talks with two history teachers — one from the U.S., the other from Canada — about teaching the War of 1812 in their classrooms.
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WW II's 'Ritchie Boys' Were A Key Intelligence Group

Robert Siegel speaks with Gerald Geiger and former Ambassador Richard Schifter about their experiences as so-called "Ritchie Boys" during World War II. They were trained to do interrogation and psychological warfare at Camp Ritchie in Maryland. They will join other surviving Ritchie Boys who plan to revisit the camp on Tuesday.
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States Stake Claim On Sir Francis Drake's Landing

More than 400 years ago, Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans on what is now the American West Coast. The question is where? Oregon or California? The National Park Service is poised to officially recognize one state's claim.
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The Stage On Which Juliet First Called Out For Romeo

Archaeologists have found the remains of the Curtain Theatre, where Shakespeare first staged some of his most famous plays. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Chris Thomas, who dug up the theater.
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Embracing The Quirkiness Of Djuna Barnes

When Djuna Barnes was in her early 20s, she walked into the offices of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and announced: "I can draw, I can write, you'd be foolish not to hire me." The paper did. Nearly 30 years after her death, a collection of her writings and illustrations is on display at the Brooklyln Museum.

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