History

History programs on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below.

Coming Up

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:00pm
View an intimate portrait of three African-American boys coming of age in rural North Carolina.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Iconic 19th-century painter and naturalist John James Audubon, who explored the American frontier in search of "the feathered tribes" he loved and studied, is spotlighted
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR gives a 30 minute inside look at the making of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel in its time and remains so today. The waterway brought wealth and a host of new influences to Rochester and the other towns it touched.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America.

Ongoing

See a PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR on-demand. This is a 30 minute preview of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Get a first look at THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
In this special edition of "Rochester History" in 1986, Assistant City Historian, Ruth Rosenber-Naparsteck, recounts the events of the Vietnam War era that took place in the City of Rochester.
Listen to WXXI's Connections podcast interview with Lynn Novick, previewing the PBS Vietnam War Series to air in September. The ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick  is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler's Third Reich, and a reputation for being a crack infantry unit.
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
On-Demand: The Battle of Chosin recounts this epic conflict through the heroic stories of the men who fought it.
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand

Recently

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR gives a 30 minute inside look at the making of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications?
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Bomb tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
This concert spectacular is hosted by beloved icons Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Davy Jones of The Monkees.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
Host Michael Portillo discovers a famous 19th-century name still trading today: George Eastman, who launched mass market photography with his Eastman Kodak company in Rochester.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 6:00am
The Julia Child 105th birthday celebration begins this weekend!  
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
Harvest traces the history and evolution of the farming and agricultural community in upstate New York over six generations through the lives and stories of farming families and the communities they help build.
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Antiques Roadshow fans in Rochester won't want to miss this Vintage Rochester episode
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
In Great American Railroad Journeys, host Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) crosses the Atlantic for an epic trip down the East Coast of the United States.
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 2:30pm
Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky, premiering July 23, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV brings one of the 20th century’s best-loved writers out from the shadow of her often controversial husband, the pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
In Weekend in Havana, host Geoffrey Baer travels to the capital city of Havana to explore Cuba alongside the people who live there.
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 9:00pm
In Great American Railroad Journeys, host Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) crosses the Atlantic for an epic trip down the East Coast of the United States.
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 3:30pm
The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII.
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
This beautifully shot documentary spotlights the restoration of Boynton House –  the Frank Lloyd Wright house located on East Boulevard in Rochester, New York.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (“Fuller House,” “Scream Queens”) is set to host the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 1:00pm
Africa's Great Civilizations, the latest three-part, six-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Emmy Award-winning Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres Sundays, July 2 and 9 from 1-4 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Story of China is an unprecedented, six-part series exploring the 4,000-year history of China, home to more than a billion people and an emerging global superpower. The Story of China continues on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:30pm
Searching for Home: Coming Back from War explores, in their own words, the Truth, the Healing and the Hope of veterans from all generations returning home from war, and their search for the “home” they left behind – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Penny: Champion of the Marginalized airing Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV is a multi-dimensional portrait of Penny Cooper, a celebrated criminal defense attorney, art collector, supporter of female artists, and protector of the underdog.
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