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Love it

By mamalujobenn - Feb 23 2016
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So professional and fun. Excellent way to learn our history.

You're Back!!!

By Rob Sniffen - Oct 20 2015
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The drought is over! Really missed the podcast over the past few months. Keep em coming!

iTunes Ratings

68 Ratings
Average Ratings
52
5
4
3
4

Love it

By mamalujobenn - Feb 23 2016
Read more
So professional and fun. Excellent way to learn our history.

You're Back!!!

By Rob Sniffen - Oct 20 2015
Read more
The drought is over! Really missed the podcast over the past few months. Keep em coming!

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American History Podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg

Women of the Revolution

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Could the war have been won without women? Author and Professor Holly Mayer thinks not. Learn more about the inner workings of the Continental Army.

May 09 2011

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What Makes a Good President?

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Author and historian Alan Brinkley shares his thoughts on the alchemy of luck and chance in the Oval Office.

May 16 2011

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Ghosts Amongst Us

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A chilling specter of the 18th century reaches its icy grasp to the present day. Hear the story of Moses Riggs, a man possessed.

Oct 28 2013

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Marry Me?

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Modern marriage owes its structure to an historic form. Equal parts love, practicality, and business, today’s unions share more than you’d think with their colonial counterparts.

Mar 02 2015

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Kids Tell the Story

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History is in the hands of Junior Interpreters all summer long, as the story of the Revolution expands to include a kid’s perspective. Pam Blount tells us how sites involve children in the 18th century and today.

Jul 29 2013

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George Washington’s Wallet

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What was in George Washington’s wallet? Long before the establishment of a standard American currency, there was trade, barter and credit. How were these financial activities handled with the myriad coins and metals in circulation?

Jan 19 2015

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Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

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Patrick Henry demands liberty or death in his rousing 1775 speech. Hear the immortal words voiced by interpreter Richard Schumann.

Jul 11 2011

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The Black Petticoat Society Talks Colonial Williamsburg

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The Black Petticoat Society, a TURN: Washington’s Spies fan group, interviewed Past and Present host Rachel West for their TURN-related podcast. The group discussed Colonial Williamsburg’s role as Philadelphia on the hit AMC show as well as other initiatives across the Foundation. For more information on the Black Petticoat Society and TURN: Washington’s Spies, click here.

Apr 28 2016

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Immortal Bricks and Mortar

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Buildings bear silent witness to the history that happens inside them. Conservator Matt Webster makes sure structures live to tell their tales.

Aug 26 2013

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The First Oval Office

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George Washington slept here, ate here, planned here, and plotted here through the eight years of the Revolution. A joint project with the Museum of the American Revolution is reconstructing the tent that Washington called home during the war. Learn more about the great man when you see his life in the field.

Oct 21 2013

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Declaration of Independence

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Hear the Declaration of Independence read in its entirety by renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker.

Jun 22 2015

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A Pig Worth Saving

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The Ossabaw Hog shares its unique genetic legacy with visitors to Colonial Williamsburg’s Great Hopes Plantation. Historic Farmer Wayne Randolph talks about the rare breed.

Sep 09 2013

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Blackbeard!

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Colonial Williamsburg is embarking on its first-ever Halloween experience. The infamous pirate, Blackbeard, has returned to seek revenge after members of his crew were tried and executed in Williamsburg.

Oct 14 2015

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Cannibalism at Jamestown

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A gruesome relic informs a desperate history. Historic Jamestowne’s Senior Archaeological Curator Bly Straube describes the find that let scientists and historians confirm the tales of cannibalism in America’s fledgling years.

Jan 06 2014

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Wartime Deprivations

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Shortages of sugar, rum, gunpowder, textiles, tea and china were among the inconveniences suffered by colonial Americans during the Revolution. Historian Lou Powers describes the deprivations and the substitutions.

Oct 14 2013

11mins

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Town Gunsmith

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The gun is part of America’s creation story. Gunsmith George Suiter describes the technology of this potent tool.

Jan 30 2012

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A Host to Treason

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An ordinary tavern keeper makes the choice to side with the patriot cause, risking his livelihood and his reputation. Chris Allen portrays James Southall for Colonial Williamsburg.

Jul 08 2013

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George Washington's Farewell

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George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address teems with advice that rings true today. Listen to interpreter Ron Carnegie read excepts from the timeless epistle.

Jul 25 2011

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Brick by Brick

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It takes a lot of bricks to build a Market House and our brickmakers are busy. So it seems like a good time to revisit this October 2011 podcast about the process for the building blocks of the Historic Area. Brickmaker Jason Whitehead tells the story.

Oct 13 2014

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Spies at Jamestown

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The tale of a Spanish spy reveals England’s fragile hold on the New World. Miguel Girona tells the story of Don Diego de Molina.

Sep 12 2011

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Journey to Redemption

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The cast and crew of Colonial Williamsburg’s groundbreaking program Journey to Redemption join to talk about how the piece was developed and why it’s so important to be having conversations surrounding racism and the history of slavery in our nation. Learn more

Jan 30 2017

43mins

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George Washington on Veteran’s Day

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As Veterans Day approaches, the venerated Virginian veteran himself, Gen. George Washington, discusses his military past and how he believes veterans should be honored today.

Nov 07 2016

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The Organized Piano

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John Watson, Curator of Musical Instruments and Conservator of Instruments, discusses the Foundation’s organized piano, which first belonged to the St. George Tucker family.

Sep 26 2016

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Founding Feuds

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Paul Aron, Director of Publications for Colonial Williamsburg, joins to discuss his new book “Founding Feuds: The Rivalries, Clashes, and Conflicts that Forged a Nation.” In this podcast, Paul delves into some of the most infamous feuds of the 18th and 19th centuries that included some very famous names such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton.

Jun 20 2016

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The Return of the Cherokee

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Each year, Colonial Williamsburg hosts Return of the Cherokee. This special event draws hundreds to observe Cherokee culture as it was in the 18th century when members would come to Williamsburg for trade, diplomacy, or even education. Buck Woodard with Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative joins to explain some of the exciting updates to this year’s event.

May 16 2016

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The Black Petticoat Society Talks Colonial Williamsburg

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The Black Petticoat Society, a TURN: Washington’s Spies fan group, interviewed Past and Present host Rachel West for their TURN-related podcast. The group discussed Colonial Williamsburg’s role as Philadelphia on the hit AMC show as well as other initiatives across the Foundation. For more information on the Black Petticoat Society and TURN: Washington’s Spies, click here.

Apr 28 2016

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Importance of Portraying African American History

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Stephen Seals joins to discuss some of the powerful African American programming available during Black History Month and beyond in 2016. Hear some of his favorites and why it’s so important to tell the stories of half of the population of Williamsburg in the 18th century.

Feb 17 2016

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Let Freedom Ring

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Colonial Williamsburg and First Baptist Church have joined together for the Let Freedom Ring Challenge. Americans from across the nation are invited to ring the First Baptist Church bell in the name of freedom and equality throughout the month of February and beyond.

Feb 02 2016

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Sweet Tea & Barley

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Sweet Tea & Barley is Colonial Williamsburg’s newest restaurant located in the Williamsburg Lodge. Chefs Anthony Frank and Sean Gonzalez chat about what went into creating a new southern-inspired restaurant and some of the dishes they put on the menu.

Dec 28 2015

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Harlequin’s Holiday

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Join Harlequin, Clodpole and Cotton as they flip and tumble in Harlequin’s Holiday, a new holiday program. Meet the cast and hear how they bring the comedic pantomime stylings that were extremely popular in the 18th century to life today.

Dec 14 2015

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Blackbeard!

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Colonial Williamsburg is embarking on its first-ever Halloween experience. The infamous pirate, Blackbeard, has returned to seek revenge after members of his crew were tried and executed in Williamsburg.

Oct 14 2015

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Reinventing the Wheel

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The wheel may be one of geometry’s simplest shapes, but the technology behind its creation is surprisingly complex. Add to that the variations among English wheels, French wheels, carriage wheels and cannon wheels, and the story gets even deeper.

Colonial Williamsburg wheelwrights apply their expertise to the challenge of recreating the wheel for a French cannon carriage.

Jul 20 2015

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RevQuest: The King’s Advance

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The thrilling RevQuest: Save The Revolution series opens its fifth season with a new spy plot: The King’s Advance. Dive headfirst into Revolutionary history as you join the service of secret intelligence gatherers. Gather clues, crack codes, meet with covert agents, and text your secrets to receive instructions.

Jul 06 2015

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Declaration of Independence

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Hear the Declaration of Independence read in its entirety by renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker.

Jun 22 2015

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The Sound of Battle: CW’s Fifes and Drums

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The piercing fife, the thundering drum: both can be heard over the din of battle, making them a crucial means of communication for commands like parley, cease fire, and retreat. How does this combination work?

Jun 08 2015

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Memorial Day: Ask a Soldier

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The men who served in the Revolutionary War share much in common with their modern-day brothers. The sacrifices of friendship, safety, and security unite soldiers across time. Remember their devotion and support them when they come home, urges Lieutenant Colonel James Innes, portrayed by Nat Lasley.

May 25 2015

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Resurrecting an Alehouse

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Chowning’s Tavern is reborn as an alehouse: a rough-and-rugged sanctuary for the colonial man in search of an ale. Listen as curator Amanda Keller and Director Department of Architectural Preservation Matt Webster describe the choices they made to re-open the doors to a more authentic past.

May 11 2015

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Cancer: That Painful and Lingering Disorder

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Options for cancer detection and treatment were few in the 18th century. Medical Historian Sharon Cotner lays out some of the common practices in this week’s show.

Apr 27 2015

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Every Home a Distillery

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What do you use to wash the baby, clean the house, color your hair or serve for breakfast? If it’s the 18th century, the answer is alcohol. Professor Sarah Meacham describes her research for the book “Every Home a Distillery.”

Apr 13 2015

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The Business of Death

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The funeral industry arises from a combination of necessity, sentimentality, and vanity. Dr. Kelly Brennan Arehart describes the path of America’s death business, and the early vestiges still with us today.

Mar 30 2015

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