The History Show

The History Show

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The History Show Sunday 6 January 2019

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme - the story of America's deadliest school massacre in Bath, Michigan in 1927; How the Library of Alexandria, lost in antiquity, has been re-imagined for the 21st century; and the tale behind a handwritten letter from Samuel Beckett, which is housed in the Little Museum of Dublin.

America's Deadliest School Massacre

America's Deadliest School Massacre

Names like Sandy Hook, Columbine and Virginia Tech – they all evoke the horrific school shootings that have become such a regular feature of our news cycle. While it may seem like devastating school violence is something relatively new for America - history shows, that's not the case.In fact, the most deadly attack in the country’s history took place in 1927. It happened in the small town of Bath, in Michigan, which is just outside the state capital of Lansing. 

Lorcan Clancy has been to Bath, where the tragedy took place 92 years ago, and he sent us this report on what is known as 'The Bath School Disaster'. We hear from Michelle Allen Burnett, whose father Harold attended school on the day of the bombing, along with many of his brothers and sisters - Michelle's aunts and uncles.

We also here from author Arnie Bernstein - his book on the subject is called Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing. It's published by University of Michigan Press. 

The New Library of Alexandria and Cultural Recovery

The New Library of Alexandria and Cultural Recovery

Cultural institutions - our libraries, archives, galleries and museums are centres of knowledge. They hold a key to our past. Yet over the centuries many cultural centres have been destroyed, by both man and nature. 

Myles is joined by two experts in cultural loss and recovery.  Dr Ismail Serageldin is founding director of the New Library of Alexandria in Egypt, which re-imagines the ancient library that was lost in antiquity. Also in studio is Dr Peter Crooks, who works on the Beyond 2022 project that aims to virtually re-create the Public Record Office at the Four Courts, which was destroyed by fire in 1922. 

A new lecture series called Out of the Ashes is taking place over the next three years at Trinity College Dublin. The lectures are on the theme of 'Collective Memory, Cultural Loss and Recovery'. Click here for details of the Out of the Ashes lecture series at Trinity College Dublin. 

Samuel Beckett Letter

Samuel Beckett Letter

In our occasional series Here’s The Thing, Julien Clancy uncovers the stories behind objects on display in the Little Museum of Dublin. Tonight, he’s looking at a handwritten letter, from one of Ireland’s greatest literary talents. Julien speaks to John Hughes, who as a child, received that handwritten letter from Samuel Beckett. 

Here’s The Thing is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television license fee. 

About The Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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