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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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April 24, 2014

When Religious Freedom Was Dangerous

By Bill Sullivan

“A commitment to religious freedom is one of the most important achievements of the founding era precisely because it could be dangerous,” said James Sidbury, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Rice University, in a talk at the Dewitt Wallace Museum. But dangerous to whom? Sidbury was a featured speaker during …

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December 5, 2013

Callista Gingrich to sign new kids’ book
on history-loving elephant

By Toni Guagenti

If you’re a history-loving pachyderm,  you’re bound to be a frequent visitor at Colonial Williamsburg. And Ellis the Elephant, a creation of children’s book author Callista Gingrich, will be back for a book-signing on Saturday in Merchants Square.

Gingrich’s third Ellis the Elephant book, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” aims to teach children ages 4 to …

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November 7, 2013

Author A’Leila Bundles to speak on “The Politics of Hair” at Saturday’s Equiano Forum

By Toni Guagenti

“Hair” and “politics” don’t often share space in the same sentence, but when it comes to hair and the African American community, the history of the two is intertwined.

A’Leila Bundles

Writer and public speaker A’Lelia Bundles has a unique vantage point to that history. She lived through the 1960’s when many African Americans …

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