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History & Documentary Programs

Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet)| She Inspires

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Learn about Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet), a slave in western Massachusetts until she sued for freedom and won.

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Albany's underbelly during Prohibition makes great fodder for William Kennedy

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There was Swifty Mead's, Big Charlie's in the South End, Mullen's, O'Malley's, and The Kenmore, with dancing in the Rainbow Room. These are just some of the speakeasies that were used during the days of Prohibition in New York State’s capital.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay | She Inspires

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A major figure in 20th century American literature, Jazz Age poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was only nineteen years old when she published 'Renaissance,' the poem that launched her career.

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Alice Morgan Wright | She Inspires

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Modernist sculptor Alice Morgan Wright was a suffragist and animal welfare advocate.

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Free Preview Screening | The Farthest: Voyager in Space

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A free preview screening Friday, August 18 from 7pm-9pm.

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Emma Willard | She Inspires

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Learn about Emma Willard, founder of the first higher education school for women in the US.

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Did Jack Nicholson’s ‘Knead’ for Bread from Schenectady Begin in 1980s While Filming William Kennedy’s ‘Ironweed’?

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Have you heard the story of Jack Nicholson and his love for Perreca’s bread? The story of how he loves it so much that he has it shipped to his home in California from the Schenectady Bakery?

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WMHT Announces Premiere of Documentary on Albany Author William Kennedy

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New documentary on award-winning author and Albany native, William Kennedy, to premiere June 26, 2017 at 9pm on WMHT-TV.

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Free Preview Screening | Kennedy of Albany: A Writer and His City

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Free preview screening and discussion Monday, June 19 beginning at 6pm at WMHT Studios.

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Eleanor Roosevelt | She Inspires

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Learn why Eleanor Roosevelt was dubbed 'first lady of the world.'

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Learn the story of how Theodore Roosevelt became our nation’s 26th president.

POV Documentary Blog

Featured Event: 'Dalya's Other Country' at One Journey Festival

Come to the One Journey Film Festival for a free screening of 'Dalya's Other Country,' December 15 at 6:30pm.