In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier — not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his high-tech command center: the War Department Telegraph Office. The internet of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. It also connected him to the country in new ways, as information poured in, and allowed him to feel the pulse of the country faster than before.
Pictured here, a circa 1800 asmalyk rug from Turkmenistan. The Turkoman nomads wove asmalyks for both utilitarian and ceremonial purposes and examples from this time period are extremely rare. Rescued from a dumpster, the rug is valued at $125,000 to $150,000!
Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Rafael Eledge aboard the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, to discuss the evolution of a 19th-century sailor’s side arm: the cutlass. Highlights include an 18th-century ivory carved crèche that could be worth up to 30 times what the owner paid for it; a pair of mid-century modern “Barcelona” chairs: a line of chairs designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as thrones for the King and Queen of Spain; and a circa 1900 Turkmenistan rug, valued at $125,000 to $150,000.
From left to right: Rashida Jones, Tony Bennett, Amy Poehler, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Vicki Lawrence, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Lucie Arnaz, Bruce Vilanch, Maya Rudolph, Rosemary Watson
Carol Burnett — comedic icon and all-around performing legend — is the guest of honor when, for the 16th year, the comedy world convenes in Washington, DC, to toast this year’s recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The all-star cast includes Julie Andrews, Lucie Arnaz, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Rosemary Watson. The program features comedic highlights from Burnett’s half-century in show business.
Over three days in 1863, war-weary Union and Confederate soldiers met at a backwater Pennsylvania crossroads to decide the fate of the nation. Produced to commemorate its sesquicentennial, THE GETTYSBURG STORY tells the epic tale of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and the greatest man-made disaster in American history.