Viewers are treated to a “Cross Country” tour of the United States in this episode of Jack Douglas’ America! The episode begins by the camera driving down a rural highway in Georgia. An American flag flies at half-mast at the historical site of the Confederate Army’s Andersonville Prison (01:28). The episode shows the national cemetery with its rows of white tombstones, a statue commemorating the fallen soldiers from the state of Iowa, and the Providence Springs fountain (02:51). Two women walk through the garden at the Juliette Gordon Low House in Savannah, GA (03:20). The episode shows a painting of the woman, who founded the Girl Scouts of America. Her niece, Daisy Gordon Lawrence, speaks to the camera about her aunt. Next, in Luray, VA, viewers see the entrance building to Luray Caverns (04:33). A man plays an organ in the caverns, an organ that uses stalactites for its pipes. Aerial views from a helicopter show off the New York City skyline (05:42) as well as the Statue of Liberty. At the Museum of the City of New York (06:05), viewers see the exhibit of the original bedroom of John D. Rockefeller. At Central Park, a young woman puts on lipstick before playing a game of touch football; the game is between the Broadway Showgirls and the Playboy Bunnies (07:35). Next, the episode travels to Boston (08:15). Fanueil Hall (08:22) is a must-see, and on its top floor is the 1638 Artillery Armory museum. The episode shows the campuses of Harvard University (09:20), MIT, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School, where the Greek Holy Cross Choir sings for the camera. The next stop is Philadelphia (10:25), with a visit to nearby Howard’s Barn (an antiques barn), the small town of New Hope with its famous Bucks County Playhouse (11:38). Once a year at the Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI, the Festival of Cars is held (12:25). All kinds of old cars motor around. Antique buggies “race” around the field. At the 4T Guest Ranch near Rapid City, SD (14:16), vacationers ride horses at the ranch and enjoy rides in an old stage coach. The episode visits the Barbary Coast Boating Club in Portland, OR (15:40), with its auto-player piano, before going to the Portland Zoo to see the famous Packy and Me-tu, the first elephants to service being born in captivity. Viewers are then taken to San Francisco’s Steinhart Aquarium in SF (17:05), which features an octopus and an eel. Footage shows driving across Golden Gate Bridge then a shot of the bridge from a distance as it is engulfed in fog (18:16). The last stop of the episode is Hawaii (18:25). The episode visits the East West Center at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, with its modern architecture and Japanese garden (19:22). A visit to the home of H. Alexander Walker includes touring her lush gardens, highlighted by the orchid section (19:57). A woman demonstrates the art of arranging cut Hawaiian flowers (20:45). The episode concludes with a shuttle boat ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial (21:53).
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