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Fred Rogers on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in 1985.
In 1985, Mister Rogers appeared on Chicago Tonight to discuss 30 years on television and offer some wisdom in his characteristic thoughtful manner.
Queen Victoria. Photo: ITV Studios
Victoria is forced to choose between two loved ones who begin to quarrel while Peel engages in the political fight of his life, one he fears will end his career. Drummond and Alfred wrestle with their future, but a dramatic event everything.
A Chinese New Year parade in Chicago's Chinatown. Courtesy: Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Special Events
It's the most important holiday for Chinese people across the globe and spurs the largest human migration in the world. What are some of the traditions, superstitions, and symbols associated with the fifteen days of celebration?
Frederick Douglass was the representative of Haiti at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Image (of Douglass): Chicago History Museum
Although Frederick Douglass did not know his official birth date, he celebrated it on February 14. Late in his life, he spent a year in Chicago serving as the most prominent advocate for African Americans in a World's Fair that largely excluded them.
Martha Stewart's Chocolate Ganache Tart
Looking for a treat for Valentine's Day? Try this elegant and understated chocolate ganache tart from Martha Stewart. Today is Fat Tuesday, after all, so it's time to indulge.
Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and the Duke of Atholl. Photo: ITV Studios
When an assassination attempt leads to constant military protection, Victoria decides to escape the stifling confines of Buckingham for the Scottish Highlands. She and Albert search for freedom from royal obligations and get lost in the process.
Won Kow, Chicago's oldest continously operated Chinese restaurant, closed on February 1 after 90 years
Won Kow was opened in 1928, only a couple of decades after Chicago's Chinatown moved from the Loop to the Southwest Side. It was a favorite of Al Capone, according to legend, and served as a barely changing anchor of the neighborhood.
An engraving of the Haymarket Affair from Harper's Weekly
Chicago epitomized the contradictions of late nineteenth century America, with its explosive growth and exorbitant wealth contrasting with abject squalor and a burgeoning labor movement. The two poles infamously came to a head several times in Chicago.
Penge, Francatelli, and Skerrett in Victoria. Photo: ITV Studios
The Irish Potato Famine is at its peak, but, because it mostly affects Catholics, both Victoria's government and the Irish Protestants are dismissive and blame the Catholics for their own problems. Cleary and an Irish clergyman help push Victoria towards contributing aid.
Photo: ITV Studios
While some parts of Victoria are speculation or based on rumors, there are many genuine historical lessons. Learn about some of the fascinating figures – the first computer programmer, a black Shakespearean – customs, and events drawn straight from real life.
Carter G. Woodson, the "father of black history." Image: Library of Congress
It's thanks to Carter G. Woodson (whose name graces a prominent Chicago library) that we have Black History Month, and he was foundational in studies of African American history. He fought to reform education and spread knowledge of black American's proud past.
Clockwise from top left: Pullman Porters, Condoleezza Rice in American Creed, Pinkalicious and Peterrific. Images: APT, Citizen Films, WGBH
The story and legacy of the Pullman Porters, a documentary about a tradition enjoyed by our neighbors to the north, delightful kids' shows that are great for adults, a timely film for these divided times, and Frontline in the Middle East. February has a lot to offer.
Mindy Brugman by Mt. St. Helens in Ann Curry's We'll Meet Again. Photo: Rebecca Burrell/Blink Films
Mindy Brugman was a doctoral student studying glaciers on Mt. St. Helens when it erupted in 1980 and avoided the blast because of a scientist's warning. Now, nearly four decades later, she wants to express proper gratitude, on Ann Curry's show We'll Meet Again.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Photo: ITV Studios
Eager to preserve the uneasy truce between Britain and France, Victoria sets off to visit the French king Louis Philippe and enjoy the sensuous glories of the French court. Albert is having an identity crisis and is a fun-spoiling grouch as usual.
David M. Kennedy and Condoleezza Rice in American Creed
In the new documentary American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy investigate American ideals, while citizen activists such as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon attempt to realize their own conception of those ideals.