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July 15, 2013

Weekly podcast: History’s Myths

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear some of history’s persistent myths debunked.

Read more about myths in Stuff and Nonsense, from the journal Colonial Williamsburg.

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February 1, 2013

Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Dry bones provide a surprising wealth of information about the human lives they once supported. Learn how experts suss out stories of origin, mortality, and survival from skeletal remains.

Read the story in the winter journal Colonial Williamsburg.

January 25, 2013

Privacy, please!

“The word “private” derives from the Latin privatus, meaning “deprived” or “separated,” particularly from public office or participation in government. In that sense, the private man was the opposite of the public man. Yet privacy, as understood in the eighteenth century and today, is more than the separation of public from private.”

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January 1, 2013

Rattle-Skull, Stonewall, Bogus, Blackstrap, Bombo, Mimbo, Whistle Belly, Syllabub, Sling, Toddy, and Flip

If you toasted the New Year last night, you took part in a tradition as old as America. Have a look at Drinking in Colonial America, an article from the journal Colonial Williamsburg, to learn how our forebears celebrated.

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December 28, 2012

The Joys of Toys

If you’ve grown tired of your new toys, have a look at some of ours from the collections of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

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Learn more about colonial toys.

December 21, 2012

Williamsburg in Winter

If you’re missing out on a white Christmas this year, take a moment to linger over this Williamsburg in Winter slideshow.

See our town dressed in glittering snow.