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By Ben Swenson

The tidy brigade of fife and drum recruits glides along in step to the steady clicks of the instructor’s drumsticks. They execute a U-turn without breaking rank.

But then, as soon as they’ve smartened up on a straightaway, a hiccup. A bend in the line.

“Halt!” David Baker commands.

He singles out a recruit and asks … Continue Reading »

I am not among those who complain about the weather and find it to be a pointless and debilitating dissertation. After many years of working out of doors I have acclimatized my expectations to accommodate the seasons and find pleasure in their cyclical peculiarities.

For example, this morning I walked out to look at the shrub … Continue Reading »

By Mitchell Reiss

George Washington’s birthday was Sunday, Feb. 22, and it is appropriate for us to look past the mattress and car sales invoking his name and pause to reflect on his many contributions to our country. From the distance of more than two centuries, how should we assess his impact on the United States? … Continue Reading »

This week on the podcast, we usher in Women’s History Month with an examination of the married state. Is a wedding a union of love, a merger of resources, or a means of preserving your social standing? As you probably guessed, it’s a bit of all three.

Listen now.

Welcome to ReCap, a weekly newsletter packed with stories about Revolutionary history and its relevance to today’s world. We’ll tell you about the historic trades, our rare breeds, what’s being exhibited in our museums and the myriad of ways you can be entertained in the  Revolutionary City.

Food, gardens, the historical research in our libraries … Continue Reading »

Were the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence tarnished from the beginning?

That question is at the heart of this imagined conversation between Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration’s author, and Lydia Broadnax, an enslaved woman in the household of Jefferson’s mentor, George Wythe.

The … Continue Reading »


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