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KEET - Iconic America

Our Icon

As a part of this grant we are making a collection of short videos talking about our own Icon, The Redwood Tree, We will be uploading these videos to YouTube where you can watch and learn about the majestic life-form growing in our own backyards. 

Value of the Redwoods

We spoke to assistant professor Valerie Elder from College of the Redwoods to explain the historical perspective of the Redwoods along with their economic and cultural values.

Panel Discussion

Iconic America Panel Discussion at the Clarke Museum

Linda Stansberry hosts a discussion panel on the various icons across America and what they mean to our culture. Speakers include Julie Clark, Patti Fleschner, Susan Pritchard O’Hara, and Justin Legge. This event took place at the Clarke Historical Museum on August 17th. Please visit to learn more. Funding for this event was provided by The Zohar Ben-Dov Family through the Luminescence Foundation.

Iconic Impact

 KEET is collecting stories about the objects, symbols, and artifacts that have made an impact on your life - whether it's something iconic from the show, a family heirloom, or a beloved icon in Humboldt or Del Norte County. Share your story with us and it could be featured on KEET's Iconic Impact series on social media. 

Your favorite icon could be a piece of jewelry from a relative, a local bird like the snowy plover or the condor, or a historic landmark like the Trinidad Lighthouse.

We're accepting stories up to 275 words and an image of your chosen icon. Tell us what makes it special to you and how it's had an impact on your life. Did you travel with your family to see the Statue of Liberty, hike in Yosemite, or explore the redwoods as a child? We want to hear all about it!

To submit your story and image, send an email to along with your details. Thank you for sharing your stories and helping us celebrate the icons that make our communities unique.

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Reading and Photography Challenge

Iconic America - Reading challenge

Continue to explore unique American icons through our first reading challenge! Based on the new PBS series, we’ve curated a selection of books with our friends at PBS Books that dig deeper into icons from the series. From the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge,you’ll learn about the fascinating stories behind these national treasures–as well as some fictional exploration of these icons as well.

Iconic America - Photography Challenge

Calling all photographers and American enthusiasts! Participate in the Iconic America Photo Challenge and showcase your talent in capturing the essence of our nation's most cherished icons.Whether it's the awe-inspiring landmarks featured in the David Rubenstein series or the hidden gems in your own backyard, we want to see your best shots! Share your photos using the hashtag #IconicPhotoChallenge and join us in celebrating the rich tapestry of American culture.

Iconic America - With David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein examines the history of America through some of its most iconic symbols, objects and places, on location and in conversation with historical thinkers, community members and other experts. Together, they dive deep into each symbol’s history.

Statue of Liberty                                    Tuesday, July 11th at 10:00 p.m.

This episode surveys the evolving meaning the Statue of Liberty has for a “nation of immigrants” and how it embodies our values and our conflicts, from abolition and women’s suffrage to the treatment of refugees. 

The Golden Gate Bridge                      Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00 p.m

The Golden Gate Bridge is an engineering marvel that symbolizes America’s can-do spirit. This episode explores if America can continue to execute bold and ambitious infrastructure projects in the 21st century.

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Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubensteinis a production of Show of Force, DMR Productions, and WETA Washington, D.C. David M. Rubenstein is the host and executive producer. Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre, Joshua Bennett and Sam Pollard are executive producers for Show of Force. John F. Wilson is executive producer for WETA. Bill Gardner is the executive in charge for PBS. Chris Ullman is producer for DMR Productions. Jonathan Scheinberg, Prisca Pointdujour, Sam Lacroix, Alexandra Nikolchev, Sally Rosenthal, Matthew Horovitz, Lizzie Mulvey and Ken Levis are producers for Show of Force. Kate Kelly is producer for WETA. Rick Van Meter is supervising producer. Allison Hanna is archival producer. Gary Lionelliis composer for the original score.Funding is provided by The Zohar and Lisa Ben-Dov Family through the Luminescence Foundation.