Episode 28: The 122nd Anniversary of Athens 1896

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Did you know that the very first modern Olympics was held in April? We decided to celebrate by watching the 1984 TV miniseries “The First Olympics: Athens 1896.”

You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube.

This, of course, means we need to set the record straight on some a lot of facts, so Jill goes to Colby College to talk with Pat Burdick about the James Connolly collection and geek out about seeing the first modern Olympic medal ever awarded. Then University of Michigan associate professor Mark Clague explains the situation with the U.S. national anthem in 1896.

The Connolly Collection is pretty cool, and Colby has some of it digitized. Check it out here–and note that pic! David Caruso looks like him!

If you’ve got any info on historical collections or want to look at a particular Games in history, drop us a line!

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