5 – Rare Jefferson Letters, Battle of the Somme 100th and Route 66 Women’s history

This week: Lithuania Holocaust Tunnel, Buddha’s Skull in a Stupa, Full Plate Armour Movement, Rare Jefferson Letters at Auction, Philadelphia Privies Full of Dishes, Route 66 Women’s History, 100th Anniversary of the Somme, Obituary: Tuskegee Airman



Image: Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, Copyright Jordane Labarussias 1998, All Rights Reserved.

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Show Notes

This week, we talk about a Holocaust escape tunnel rediscovered, we hear about the Buddha’s skull, rediscovered also, we see how medieval knights could dance and capper around in full armour, and we look at some important letters from founding father Thomas Jefferson. Also, we look at an oral history project recounting the story of women on Route 66, we commemorate the Battle of the Somme 100 years later, and we remember one of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Links for this episode:


Lithuania Holocaust Tunnel Rediscovered

Buddha’s Skull Found in China

Full Plate Medieval Armour and Freedom of Movement

Video – Moving in Harness

Two Rare Jefferson Letters at Auction


Philadelphia Privies Full of Revolutionary Era Artefacts

Commonwealth Heritage Group Report

Route 66 Women’s History

Women of the Mother Road Website


100th Anniversary of Battle of the Somme – Beaumont-Hamel

BBC on July 1st, 2016, Thiepval Ceremony

Veterans Affairs of Canada on Beaumont Hamel

History of Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel

Battle of the Somme Calendar of Events


Roscoe Brown – Tuskegee Airman – Red Tails

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Music: Noble March, by Mjollnir, from Audio Jungle

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