Audio: Thomas Edison’s own voice as recorded on his cylinder phonograph in 1888. The informal message whimsically describes an imagined trip "around the world on the phonograph" by Cunard steamer.
Audio: Antonín Dvoraák spent the summer of 1893 in the small farming town of Spillville, Iowa. 71 years later, Frank Kapler, a boy of 13 at the time, tells a tale of an ill-fated skunk that came briefly into Dvorák’s life that summer.
Video: Turn-of-the-century New York City . From immigrants arriving at Ellis Island to street scenes of the New World metropolis. The video is accompanied by Dvorák’s “American” String Quartet, composed in the United States in 1893.