Einstein's Brain, Morgan Affair, Brass Knuckles

Don Wildman examines sketches that depict otherworldly creatures said to have descended upon a Kentucky farm, a set of brass knuckles that protected a great president from a nefarious plot, and a building tied to a man’s strange disappearance.

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NY Pneumatic Subway Plan
NY Pneumatic Subway Plan

NY Pneumatic Subway Plan

At the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, NY, is American inventor Alfred Beach’s ambitious plan for New York City’s first subway, which would be powered entirely by compressed air rather than by steam engine like Europe’s subways at the time. 960 1280

  

Albert Einstein's Brain Tissue

Albert Einstein's Brain Tissue

The Mudder Museum in Philadelphia, PA, is home to 46 glass slides that contain tissue samples of the brain of Albert Einstein. 960 1280

  

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

At Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, contributor Roger Powell demonstrates the brass knuckles that Kate Warne carried with her to protect President Lincoln from an assassination attempt. 960 1280

  

Pneumatic Subway

Pneumatic Subway

Museum curator Carey Stumm holds the plans for Beach’s “Pneumatic Subway System,” which was modeled after pneumatic tubes that post offices used at the time. 960 1280

  

Museum of the Gulf Coast curator Ami Kamara holds the purse of Karen Silkwood, who died in a car crash in 1974. Silkwood was found dead in her car just hours before she was to meet with a New York Times reporter to hand over documentation of the unsafe conditions at the nuclear factory where she worked. Her file of evidence was never found. 960 1280

  

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

The crew shoots at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Slides of Einstein's Brain

Slides of Einstein's Brain

Anna Dohdy examines the pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain at the Mudder Museum Philadelphia, PA. 960 1280

  

William Morgan

William Morgan

In 1826, William Morgan was kidnapped and hidden, locked in a room at Old Fort Niagara for threatening to expose the secrets of the Freemasons. Three men were eventually convicted of Morgan’s kidnapping, all of whom claimed that they sent Morgan to exile in Canada. Many believe that something far more sinister happened to him. 960 1280

  

Einstein's brain sample

Einstein's brain sample

Dohdy examines one of the slides with a tissue sample of Einstein's brain on it. 960 1280

  

Pennyroyal Area Museum

Pennyroyal Area Museum

The crew sets up an interview at the Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville, KY. 960 1280

  

Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara

The "Powder Room" at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY, where a group of Freemasons detained William Morgan for a week before (supposedly) sending him into exile in Canada. 960 1280

  


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