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March 1, 2014

Top 5 stories in February on History.org


Too busy staying warm in February to read history.org every day? Catch up now with the five most-read stories of the month:

1. George Washington’s Rules to Live By

2. Throwback Thursday: Shirley Temple

3. Labor for Love

4. 6 unexpected gifts for Valentine’s Day

5. New museum exhibit: The Material World

You can also … Continue Reading »

February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The millinery shop

At the Margaret Hunter Shop at Colonial Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street,  interpreters portray the millinery business, focusing on 18th-century fashions, their importance in colonial society, and the economics of importing.

The shop actually was once a garage (image: top right); in 1930, it was restored and renamed The Golden Ball. The grand … Continue Reading »

January 31, 2014

Caption contest winner: “Good thing we’re wearing our flannels”

“Good thing we’re wearing our flannels.”

Earlier this week, we asked our readers to caption this photograph by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation photographer Dave Doody, taken during this week’s snowstorm.

Entries were submittted through the “What’s New” blog and Facebook pages. The winning caption, judged by history.org staff members, was from Teresa Diani of … Continue Reading »

January 29, 2014

Snow photos: Write your own caption!


Write your own caption in the comments below. We’ll choose the best.

The snow fell peacefully in Colonial Williamsburg overnight and left behind a glistening Revolutionary City.  Do you wonder what the sheep were thinking? We did. Go to the comments section below this post, and try your hand at writing a caption … Continue Reading »

January 2, 2014

And the winner is …

The George Wythe House

Greenhow Tenement Kitchen

Readers have chosen the George Wythe House as their favorite decorated door in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic district.

Hundreds of voters in the Patriot’s Choice Poll chose the colorful green and red apple-adorned wreath as the top winner.  The George Wythe House, located on the Palace Green, … Continue Reading »

January 2, 2014

Where’s that great picture from? Making the Colonial Williamsburg calendar

Wondering why a particular photo was chosen as you hang up your 2014 Colonial Williamsburg calendar?  Dave Doody, Photo Services Manager at Colonial Williamsburg, says he looks for three particular characteristics when setting aside potential calendar images.

Clear of modern distractions
Evocative light
Interesting composition that expresses the season

Doody heads the six-person Photo Services Department, which handles … Continue Reading »