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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 …

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November 6, 2014

Electronic Field Trip Premiere – “American Revolution on the Frontier”

As the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley, American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight—and on which side.

The story, told through vignettes that portray a different segment of society struggling to survive in an increasingly tense, …

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September 5, 2014

Homeschooling Was the Rule in Colonial Virginia

Nearly 2 million children are homeschooled in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And their numbers are increasing at a much faster rate than the population of public schools. Parents offer many reasons for educating young people at home, from concerns about safety or instructional quality to the desire to …

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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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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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April 3, 2014

What gift would you bring to the wedding of Pocahontas?

By Áine Cain

Don’t forget to save the date and RSVP to the wedding of early America’s ultimate power couple — John Rolfe and Pocahontas.

On April 5, 400 years after the original nuptials, you can witness the marriage of kidnapped Powhatan princess Pocahontas — also called Matoaka or Rebecca — and pioneering Virginia tobacco planter …

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