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  • Napoleon's Bloodiest Day: Borodino 1812

    In 1812 Napoleon invaded Russia with the largest army Europe had ever seen. As it advanced, the Russian army retreated, and by September Napoleon's army had marched 470 miles into the depths of Russia. 70 miles west of Moscow near the village of Borodino, the Russian army, under a new commander, ...

  • Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow 1812

    In 1812 Napoleon invaded Russia with the largest army Europe had ever seen. But after winning a costly victory at Borodino and occupying Moscow, Napoleon's invitation to Russian Emperor Alexander to make peace met with no response. Napoleon now found himself 500 miles from friendly territory, out...

  • Fredericksburg
    Movie + 1 extra

    Fredericksburg

    Movie + 1 extra

    Fredericksburg, A Documentary Film is the complete story of the Union army's attempt to force a river crossing in front of the town of Fredericksburg, and dislodge the Confederates from their defenses, which would have opened the road to Richmond in December 1862. It is a unique film for a unique...

  • Maine at Gettysburg

  • Wellington Strikes: Salamanca 1812

    In 1812 French forces in Spain were severely overstretched, as Napoleon withdrew the best troops for his invasion of Russia. Wellington saw an opportunity to strike. First he secured the strategic fortress-cities of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz, both taken in bloody assaults, then advanced to Salam...

  • Test Driving the First Mustang

    It's an old auto industry cliche -- "you can't sell a young man an old man's car, but you can sell an old man a young man's car." It's also true. The sporty Mustang was a young man's -- and woman's -- car. The under-30 crowd loved it. But older people also bought them, often as a second car. The ...

  • Home Front Heroes Women in World War II

    During World War II, American women made enormous contributions to the war effort. Yet, much of their "fighting" took place not on the battlefront, but on the home front. Their home front activities offered challenges and opportunities never available before to women -- even everyday tasks took o...

  • History of African American Farm Families During the Industrial Age

    Through the lens of historic photographs, we learn a story of African American history. Today, African Americans in United States agriculture are virtually non-existent, and in a world of mechanized industrial farming, it is easy to forget the hands-on physical labor required in the past. The ric...

  • Napoleons Invasion of Russia 1812

    In 1812 Napoleon invaded Russia with the largest army Europe had ever seen, composed of troops from France as well as Poland, Germany, Italy and several other allied states. The campaign that followed saw the Russians use scorched earth tactics to deny the enemy supplies, while Napoleon advanced ...

  • Napoleon's Revenge: Wagram 1809

    Six weeks after his bloody repulse at the Battle of Aspern-Essling, Napoleon led his reinforced army back across the Danube. The resulting clash with Archduke Charles's Austrian army was the biggest and bloodiest battle yet seen in European history, and despite heavy French losses, resulted in a ...

  • Napoleon's Spanish Ulcer: Spain 1809 - 1811

    In 1809, as Napoleon fought the Austrians at Wagram, the war in Spain and Portugal continued to rage. The French had inflicted several heavy defeats on Spanish field armies, but now they faced a popular insurgency as well as a well-trained Anglo-Portuguese army led by British general Lord Welling...

  • The 1967 Ford Mark IV: Legend of Le Mans

    Few auto racing efforts were as ambitious as Ford’s quest to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most important sports car race, in the 1960s. Ford’s dedication paid off, first in 1966 when GT40s finished 1-2-3 at the French endurance race, and then again in 1967 with an all-Amer...

  • How Farmers Harvested and Threshed Wheat in the 1880s

    Lazy days of summer start for some farmers only after they finish the most stressful time of their year – grain harvest. Weather conditions dictated the timing historically (and continue to do so today). At Firestone Farm, you can see the ways that farmers such as Benjamin Firestone combined weat...

  • Napoleon Defeats Russia: Friedland 1807

  • Napoleon's Great Blunder: Spain 1808

    In 1808, Napoleon's rivalry with Britain led to an ill-fated intervention in Portugal and Spain, that sparked a nationalist revolt against the French. At Bailén Napoleon's Empire suffered its first major defeat, and though Napoleon himself then arrived in Spain to reassert French military dominan...

  • The History of the Magic Lantern

    Developed in the 17th century, the magic lantern allowed people to experience movie-like entertainment hundreds of years before cinema or photography existed.

    Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch astronomer, mathematician, and physicist in the 1650s, is credited with the invention of the magic lantern. H...

  • Napoleon Defeated: Aspern 1809

    In 1809, with Napoleon and his best troops bogged down in Spain, Austria decided to try to get revenge for her humiliation at Austerlitz three years before. Archduke Charles led an invasion of France's ally Bavaria, but Napoleon raised fresh troops and transformed the strategic situation in four ...

  • Test Driving Ford's 1953 Indy 500 Pace Car

    Ford supplied the pace car in 1953 – a special Sunliner convertible. Ride along in it with us in this video. Join curator Matt Anderson for this fun ride into history!

  • Getting a '60s Era Concept Car in Running Condition

    Our conservation team is hard at work with our Budd XR-400 Concept Car.

    The Budd XR-400 Concept Car has been in artifact storage for 10 years, and conservator Cuong Nguyen shows us what it takes to get it back in running condition and other necessary conservation maintenance practices.

    The Budd...

  • Seasonal Recipes from Firestone Farm

    Savor the season with three period salad recipes, each highlighting the heirloom produce grown at Firestone Farm in Greenfield Village. Watch as a master presenter prepares each recipe, then try them out in your own kitchen.