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January 19, 2015

How Colonial Williamsburg learned to tell its own story

By Bill Sullivan

In 1926, Williamsburg was a quiet southern college town whose storied past had been largely forgotten. It hadn’t been Virginia’s capital city for 150 years and the modern world crept in slowly, with gas stations and soda fountains bumping up against old colonial buildings.

It was, in the words of one writer, a certain … Continue Reading »

December 25, 2014

Christmas ’76: Washington’s crossing in art

The most familiar image of George Washington, which has made it into everyone’s wallet, comes from Gilbert Stuart’s portrait. But though Stuart gave us Washington’s face, it was Emanuel Leutze who gave us his heroism.

Leutze’s painting Washington Crossing the Delaware portrays the night of Christmas 1776 when Washington led his beleaguered army through sleet and … Continue Reading »

December 23, 2014

Simply having an “art-full” Christmastime

By Bill Sullivan

Hundreds of handmade ornaments adorn the majestic 16-foot Christmas tree near the central stairway of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The folk art tree is a Williamsburg tradition dating back decades. And like the Revolutionary City, it invites everyone’s participation.

In the folk art museum’s previous location, the Christmas tree was … Continue Reading »

December 1, 2014

Meet the Artificer

New book includes some 18th-century trades you may not know

By Bill Sullivan

The sign reads simply, “artificer shop.” An arrow points behind the Magazine. Halfway around the octagon, a door opens to a shop where Jay Howlett has been plying his trade for five years.

Jay Howlett, Chuck Wood and Jan Tilley man the … Continue Reading »

August 8, 2014

Help Re-imagine the Republic at the Constitution Café

By Bill Sullivan

Christopher Phillips wants to get rid of the Constitution and start over again. Well, not exactly. But he does want us to think about what we would do if we could start over. The William & Mary alum (Government major, naturally) will be leading the conversation in a “Constitution Café” Monday, … Continue Reading »

June 16, 2014

Author on Rare Breeds to Sign Books

Dr. Phil Sponenberg, a professor of pathology and genetics at Virginia Tech, will sign his new book about rare breeds Tuesday, June 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Bookstore.

Sponenberg co-authored “An Introduction to Heritage Breeds, Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry” with Jeannette Beranger and Alison Martin.

The book … Continue Reading »

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