Love Canal, Spy Ring, Survival in the Colonies

Host Don Wildman investigates a property deed tied to an epic fight for justice, a short-wave radio that wrought havoc in a high-stakes game of espionage, and a human skull that speaks to a harrowing saga of new-world survival.

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Jamestown, VA
Jamestown Achaearium

Jamestown Achaearium

This dwelling made of sticks lies in the historic colony of Jamestown, Virginia, the very first permanent English settlement in the Americas.  In this lovingly preserved colony are dedicated educational resources detailing its history.  And in the collections of the Jamestown Archaearium is the skull of a young woman, which hints at the darker side of Jamestown’s formation, as settlers struggled to survive their new surroundings. 960 1280

  

Mystery Brass Plate

Mystery Brass Plate

This brass plate found off the Californian coast gained notoriety as the missing piece of a puzzle that plagued historians for decades. Engraved on its front face is a cryptic message that seems to indicate that it’s from a much earlier time.  960 1280

  

Bancroft Library

Bancroft Library

At the center of the University of California, Berkeley campus is the Bancroft Library, where the university’s special collections are housed. There you’ll find more than 60 million manuscripts, rare books and artifacts, including the “Wimmer” gold nugget, a bust of library founder Hubert Howe Bancroft and hand press tools.   960 1280

  

The Museum of Colorado Prisons

The Museum of Colorado Prisons

Canon City in central Colorado is known as Prison Valley, thanks to the 9 state and 4 federal penitentiaries there. The area’s first correctional facility opened in 1871, and the number of prisons has ballooned. Now, the incarceration industry is the community’s top employer. The Museum of Colorado Prisons, also located there, displays a noose from the last execution by hanging in the state, confiscated inmate contraband and disciplinary paraphernalia used from 1871 to the present. 960 1280

  

Denver Spiderman

Denver Spiderman

A set of documents in this collection relates to one of the Colorado prison system’s most infamous residents.  It is 8 by 11 inches, is covered with 12-point text and features an image of a ghoulish-looking man. The innocuous-looking intake docket belongs to an elusive former inmate who used ghost-like skills to avoid getting caught. 960 1280

  

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

On the stunning western shore of the Florida peninsula is the oceanic paradise of Clearwater. Blessed with 361 days of sunshine, miles of sugar-white beaches and the glorious warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this is a year-round getaway. The area’s tropical waters also make it the perfect setting for the famed Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Established in 1978, this facility’s mission is to rescue sea life and educate the public on the wonders of the water around them. Today, not only can visitors interact with recovering sea turtles and stingrays, they can also visit the museum, which houses a giant whale skeleton, fishing equipment and paintings done by animals. 960 1280

  

Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale

One exhibit in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium immediately catches the eye. Measuring nearly 3 feet long, it is constructed from a series of white plastic cones and straps. But this device’s most distinctive feature is a semi-crescent attachment at the bottom that saved the life of one playful mammal  — and inspired the movie Dolphin Tale. 960 1280

  

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