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American History Podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg

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American History Podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
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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

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
7
5
4
5

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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Colonial Williamsburg History Podcasts - Image Enhanced

Latest release on Jan 30, 2017

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American History Podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg

Rank #1: 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

1hr

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Rank #2: 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

10mins

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Rank #3: 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

6mins

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Rank #4: 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

15mins

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Rank #5: 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

15mins

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Rank #6: 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

17mins

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Rank #7: 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

11mins

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Rank #8: What if the British had Won?

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In 1776, England had every expectation of winning a war with her upstart American colonies, and rightly so. And what if the war had gone their way? This is the premise of a class of fiction called “alternate history,” and Director of Publications Paul Aron has found some food for thought in its reimagined histories.

Mar 17 2014

11mins

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Rank #9: The Madness of King George III

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King George is remembered as “The Mad King,” and “The King Who Lost America.” Was he insane, or did his doctors mistreat a medical condition? Author Ed Crews examines the evidence in his article “The Poisoning of King George” in the journal Colonial Williamsburg.

Jun 10 2013

13mins

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Rank #10: 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

9mins

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Rank #11: The Bloody Battlefield

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More gruesome than the injuries of battle were the means of mending them: field medicine offered no anesthesia, no modern antiseptics, and no antibiotics. David Podolfino interprets the life and duties of the military surgeon.

Jun 23 2014

11mins

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Rank #12: 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

18mins

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: Spies in the Library

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Research Librarian Allison Heinbaugh stalked the stacks of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library looking for evidence of spies and spycraft in the 18th century. The bibliography she compiled tells its own story of loyalty, secrecy, and stealth.

Aug 04 2014

10mins

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Rank #15: 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

17mins

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Rank #16: George Washington Sneezed Here

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The common cold was a nuisance our forbears suffered in much the same way we do today. But what remedies were uniquely colonial? Eighteenth-century apothecarist Robin Kipps shares the causes and eases for the cold.

Jun 09 2014

10mins

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Rank #17: The Mystery of the Gravestones

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Two gravestones are unearthed during a construction project. Historians and curators work to solve the mysteries below. Emily Williams tells their story.

Oct 03 2011

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Rank #18: An Apprentice at the Millinery Shop

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Draping, cutting, sewing, and trim: these are the hallmarks of the milliner and mantua-maker’s craft. Apprentice Sarah Woodyard is near completion of her apprenticeship, and at the threshold of attaining journeywoman status.

Jun 02 2014

10mins

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Rank #19: The Education of Thomas Jefferson

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The third president completed studies at William and Mary 250 years ago, and went on to create a college of his own. Professor Susan Kern describes what he learned and what he later built.

Jun 25 2012

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Rank #20: A Talking Kitchen: History Speaks at the Wythe House

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Listen closely in this kitchen. In it, objects speak of their owners and of their makers. Tools speak of technology and ability. Small personal items speak of meager comforts in a hard life. Curator Amanda Keller worked to outfit the Wythe Kitchen and imbue it with a richly layered history.

Apr 28 2014

14mins

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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

6mins

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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

4mins

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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

21mins

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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

13mins

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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

1hr

Play

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

17mins

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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

8mins

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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

11mins

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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

15mins

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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

6mins

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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

13mins

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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

10mins

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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

10mins

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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

22mins

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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

17mins

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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

16mins

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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

15mins

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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

15mins

Play

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

17mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
7
5
4
5

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!