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By Paul Aron

The choice of the eagle as our national symbol did not please everyone, especially since the eagle was traditionally an aristocratic and military symbol as well as a republican one. Most famously, in a 1784 letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache, Benjamin Franklin derided the eagle:

I wish the bald eagle had not been …

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Saturday bestowed its highest honor for public service, leadership and stewardship, the Churchill Bell, on Chairman Emeritus and former President and CEO Colin G. Campbell and his wife, Nancy N. Campbell.

The Campbells are only the 12th recipient of the award, first given in 1992 and reserved for those who exemplify engaged …

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has embarked on a $600-million campaign to both reinforce and reimagine its role in the 21st century as a leader in history education and historical preservation.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss speaks Saturday during the announcement of $600-million Campaign for History and Citizenship.

Since its restoration began …

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The Great Oak in 1994

In 1926, the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin of Bruton Parish Church showed Bassett Hall to visiting philanthropist and Standard Oil heir John D. Rockefeller Jr. Goodwin wanted to persuadeĀ  Rockefeller of the value of restoring Colonial Williamsburg.

Of particular interest to Rockefeller was the Great Oak, a huge old tree that …

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It’s time to fire the hand-molded bricks that are used throughout the Historic Area.

From Nov. 19-23, the brickmakers will be at work at the kilns from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Here’s a preview.

The kiln is essentially an oven, about 12 feet tall …

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Pumpkins are hearty gourds, most often used for front porch decoration and the occasional pie. But for our colonial forebears, these sturdy squash were a life-sustaining source of calories for man and beast.

Listen to this week’s podcast with author Mary Miley Theobald as she reveals the complex history of the ubiquitous harbinger of fall.

Listen …

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