History

History programs on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below.

Coming Up

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 8:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on WXXI-TV & PBS stations nationwide.
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, go behind the scenes as the Rochester Museum and Science Center restores a historic diorama.
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:30pm
The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
The collected stories of Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) became the basis for Fiddler on the Roof, but there is much more to the author’s life than a Broadway melody.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00pm
Meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son

Ongoing

Get a first look at THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Episode 1: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) on-demand through 10/3. 
THE VIETNAM WAR, Episode 2: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963) on-demand. 
Episode 3: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965) on-demand to 10/3. 
Episode 4: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967) on-demand to 10/3. 
Episode 5: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967) on-demand to 10/3. 
In this special edition of "Rochester History" in 1986, Assistant City Historian, Ruth Rosenber-Naparsteck, recounts the events of the Vietnam War era that took place in the City of Rochester.
Take a tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park in Rochester, NY
The 1968 My Lai massacre, its cover-up, and the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Watch On-Demand
In October 1967, in a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned violent. Watch On-Demand
Listen to WXXI's Connections podcast interview with Lynn Novick, previewing the PBS Vietnam War Series to air in September. The ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick  is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler's Third Reich, and a reputation for being a crack infantry unit.
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
On-Demand: The Battle of Chosin recounts this epic conflict through the heroic stories of the men who fought it.
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.

Recently

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 9:30pm
For over a decade filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Playing like a street mural come to life, My Neighborhood: Pilsen is a look at the cumulative power of decades of work by the predominantly Mexican-American working class Chicago community of Pilsen.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
Time to Lay It Down: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War explores the music created during the Vietnam War, which expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., and provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, as well as a source of healing when they came home.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
A glimpse into the life of the most successful landscape architect to have ever lived.
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel in its time and remains so today. The waterway brought wealth and a host of new influences to Rochester and the other towns it touched.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Learn about a man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden than any other person in America.
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR gives a 30 minute inside look at the making of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Iconic 19th-century painter and naturalist John James Audubon, who explored the American frontier in search of "the feathered tribes" he loved and studied, is spotlighted
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 9:00pm
Armed with his Appleton's Guide, Michael Portillo reaches a milestone on his American journey: the boundary between the northern and southern states, known as the Mason-Dixon line.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR gives a 30 minute inside look at the making of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications?
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Bomb tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
This concert spectacular is hosted by beloved icons Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Davy Jones of The Monkees.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
Host Michael Portillo discovers a famous 19th-century name still trading today: George Eastman, who launched mass market photography with his Eastman Kodak company in Rochester.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 6:00am
The Julia Child 105th birthday celebration begins this weekend!  
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
Harvest traces the history and evolution of the farming and agricultural community in upstate New York over six generations through the lives and stories of farming families and the communities they help build.
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Antiques Roadshow fans in Rochester won't want to miss this Vintage Rochester episode
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