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Tom Cavanagh is the host of "Stories from the Vaults", a series of seven half-hour programs that unlocks remarkable objects and stories from the museums that comprise Washignton, D.C.'s Smithsonian Institution. The all-new programs premiere Saturdat, Sept. 1, 2007 on the Smithsonian Channel, America's new High Definition Storyteller. Written by Anonymous

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Go where no school field trip has gone before.

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Cheaper than a flight to DC...
17 April 2010 | by (Palo Alto, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

...but Tom Cavanagh's laughs are even cheaper.

That being said, my 7 year-old twins *really* liked his sense of humor. And they may have accidentally learned something in the process. Heck even I did, like the 10 years it took Congress to approve/accept the donation from Englishman Smithson to start the museum. Or the fact that Stradivarius made cellos as well as violins was something I didn't know.

The range on this series is pretty vast (it includes dead letters and Phyllis Diller!), and the pacing is quick, with playful camera angles/cuts and Cavanagh's (relentless for me) mugging.

Anyways, I hope this is something that triggers the kids to later want to actually visit the Smithsonian museums. I just hope they don't spend all their time pretending to walk into walls when we get there.


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