Tour boat operator Jerry Gertz explains the crucial and often forgotten role played by the mules that pulled barges and boats along the Erie Canal in its early days.
Amtrak still operates passenger trains over portions of the original Transcontinental Railroad route. Even today, navigating that treacherous path can present challenges for engineers.
Lula Red Cloud, great-great-granddaughter of Oglala Lakota Chief Red Cloud, explains what she sees as the relevance of honoring Lakota warrior Crazy Horse with a larger-than-life monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Benny White of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry talks with Geoffrey Baer about the experience of being a Civil War reenactor in the 54th Regiment. “You feel the history of what our ancestors did,” he says.
AIDS Memorial Quilt volunteer Mark Ward talks about sewing a panel for his late partner, Dixon Tabla, who died in 1994, and how the NAMES project has evolved over the years.
Richard Campanella, professor of architecture and geography at Tulane University, talks about segregation in New Orleans, and how “separate but equal” accommodations came to be institutionalized.
Road historian Dan Marriott recounts the story of a gaffe for the ages, in which former President Martin Van Buren fell from his horse-drawn carriage in Indiana, delighting supporters of the National Road. During his presidency, Van Buren had opposed appropriations for the highway.
When it opened in the early twentieth century, the Lincoln Highway gave women and people of color unprecedented freedom to travel on the open road.
In an extended interview with Rick Gustafson of Portland Streetcar, Inc., Geoffrey Baer learns why streetcars are better than buses. Photo credit: James Clark.