All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

American Artifacts: History of Computers (Part 2)

1976 Apple 1 Computer at the Computer History Museum

1976 Apple 1 Computer at the Computer History Museum

Mountain View, California
Sunday, August 11, 2013

American History TV visits the Computer History Museum in Northern California's Silicon Valley to learn about the history of computers. This is the second of a two-part look at their exhibit, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing." This program begins with a look at how Silicon Valley was created and ends with the first Google search engine computer servers.

Our tourguides are Senior Curator Dag Spicer, and museum President and CEO John Hollar.

Updated: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:32am (ET)

Related Events

American Artifacts: Health & Fitness Inventions
Sunday, March 10, 2013     

American History TV visited Alexandria, Virginia and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum - inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - to tour an exhibit about health & fitness inventions. We'll learn about 19th century patent medicines, a mechanical horse used by President Calvin Coolidge, the origins of Gatorade & Nike, and the trademarks and patents of fitness guru Jack LaLanne.

American Artifacts: Government Printing Office
Sunday, March 17, 2013     

Open for business in 1861 and located about six blocks from the capitol building, the United States Government Printing Office still prints the Congressional Record each day that the House and Senate are in session. We visited to learn the history of GPO and to see some of their historic printing jobs, including the "Official Records of the War of the Rebellion," which took twenty years to print, and the twenty-seven volume "Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of President Kennedy."

American Artifacts: The Space Age
Sunday, March 3, 2013     

We visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum facility near Washington’s Dulles Airport – the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. We’ll see the museum’s newest prize possession: Space Shuttle Discovery. And we’ll get a look at the earliest capsules that carried Americans into Earth’s orbit and beyond at the beginning of the Space Age.

American Artifacts: Aviation in the 20th Century
Saturday, April 13, 2013     

Each week, American Artifacts takes viewers into archives, museums and historic sites around the country. We visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum facility near Washington’s Dulles Airport where curator Tom Crouch showed us the airplanes that have carried Americans aloft from the earliest days of the 20th century – planes that have earned a place not only in our history but in our collective imagination.

American Artifacts: History of the B&O Railroad
Sunday, May 5, 2013     

Baltimore, Maryland is often called the birthplace of railroading in the United States.  American History TV visited the B&O Railroad Museum for a look at examples of historic equipment beginning with stagecoaches and wagons used on the National Road, and ending with the first diesel locomotive.

Recorded History of the U.S. Congress
Today     

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the first meeting of the U.S. Congress at Federal Hall in New York City. As part of the annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government, past and present House and Senate historians came together to discuss the state of congressional history. They explored current projects to retrieve old records from individual members of Congress as well as the many differences between the first Congress and Congress today. 

American Artifacts: Making & Breaking Secret Codes - Part 1
Today     

American History TV visits the National Cryptologic Museum - located on the campus of the National Security Agency, just north of Washington, DC - to learn about the making and breaking of secret codes, and their role in U.S. history. This first of a two-part program includes a look at the breaking of the German “Enigma” code in World War II.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War
Today     

Historian J. Lee Thompson discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s views on World War I and his reaction to President Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policy. Roosevelt’s four sons served in the military during the war – his youngest, a pilot named Quentin, was shot down and killed over France in 1918. Roosevelt never recovered from his son’s death and died six months later in January 1919. Thompson is a Lamar University professor and author of Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War.

Reel America: "Suicide: The Unheard Cry" 1968
Today     

This dramatized training film portrays five different types of suicidal personalities so that warning signs can be spotted and help offered before it is too late. Following the 44 minute film, a 10 minute portion of a 2012 C-SPAN Washington Journal regarding the continuing problem of military suicide is shown.

History of Fort Myers, Florida
Today     

C-SPAN's Local Content Vehicles take American History TV on the road. We feature the history of Fort Myers, Florida over the weekend of April 19-21. 

Share This Event Via Social Media

Related Resources

Photo Gallery

C-SPAN's Video Library
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org