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in Features, Sheep Week

April 16, 2014

Sheep Week, Day 3: A look at the Leicester’s coveted wool

By Toni Guagenti

Corkscrews, coils and waves. Leicester Longwool sheep naturally sport the locks some people dream of.

But it’s the Leicester wool that’s coveted by those who practice the arts and mysteries of spinning, weaving and dyeing, as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

“The fiber has a high luster or shiny factor,” said Karen …

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in Features, Sheep Week

April 15, 2014

Sheep Week, Day 2: All about those little lambs

 By Toni Guagenti

No. 1401 wobbles a bit on his less-than-three-day-old legs. His mother, born in 2008, stands watch nearby.

No. 1402, a few hours younger, brushes up against her mother’s  left udder, but decides she’s not quite ready to nurse.

Spring has arrived in the historic district of Colonial Williamsburg with a telltale sign: the birth …

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in Features, Sheep Week

April 14, 2014

Sheep Week, Day 1: A brief and intriguing history of sheep in Colonial Williamsburg

By Toni Guagenti

Take a closer look at the Leicester Longwool grazing in the fields in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic district. Look her right between her wide-spread eyes – on either side of her head – and ponder her naturally curly, possibly matted hair.
Just remember, George Washington owned and respected this breed of sheep.

Documents show that …

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in Features, History, Visit & Events, What's New

April 7, 2014

Pocahontas and John Rolfe: A match made in Virginia

By Karen Gonzalez

About 2,000 people gathered Saturday by the James River to witness the 400th anniversary of the wedding between Pocahontas and John Rolfe at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia. The weather was a sunny 65 degrees – perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Pocahontas was played by Wendy Taylor from the Pamunkey Indian tribe, and John Rolfe was …

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in Features, History, Multimedia, Teachers, Visit & Events, What's New

April 3, 2014

Coming Saturday: Pocahontas’ wedding — and you’re invited

By Karen Gonzalez

The 400th wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe will be celebrated  April 5, and will be there to cover the festivities live on Twitter.

Historic Jamestowne is hosting the wedding at the original church site.  In 2010, the 1608 church foundation was uncovered where the original wedding took place — 400 years …

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in Features, Museums, Visit & Events, What's New

March 25, 2014

Pests forum helps museums protect valuable collections

By Lisa O. Monroe

How do you keep termites from eating your Van Gogh?

For expert answers to questions like this and other subjects ranging from bed bugs to rats, the Museum Pests 2014 Forum is the place to be this month.

Museum experts from the Smithsonian, Natural History Museum in London, and the Spurlock Museum …

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