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August 25, 2014

African American Religion

To understand the history of African religion in the colonies, the first thing you need to know is that there wasn’t just one African religion. As people from different regions of the continent were transported to servitude, they carried with them the faiths of their homelands: monotheistic, polytheistic, nature-based, saint-centered, and more.

Historian Harvey Bakari describes …

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August 18, 2014

Decimus et Ultimus

Williamsburg is a town with a legacy of producing patriotic fervor. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, her streets have been paced by young men brimming with passion for the country they dream of creating.

One such young man marched under the mantle of a singular moniker: Decimus et Ultimus Barziza. Born with …

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August 11, 2014

The podcast asks: Who’s that guy?

The familiar face often leading Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums belongs to Lance Pedigo, a man who’s found some unexpected fame in keeping the tradition of military music alive in the Revolutionary City.

Known to fans near and far for his purposeful gaze and proud military posture, Pedigo often finds his image on brochures, calendars, …

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August 4, 2014

Spies in the Library

Secreted in the stacks of archives and libraries around the world are the stories of spies and their craft. Inspired by questions sparked by the AMC series, “Turn,” Reference Librarian Allison Heinbaugh stalked the rows of the John D. Rockefeller Library to penetrate the cover of Revolutionary agents.

Don’t be misled by the mild demeanor …

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July 28, 2014

Witness Extraordinary Silver in the Cahn Collection

A temporary exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offers a singular perspective on America’s silvermaking tradition. Titled “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate,” the collection showcases 40 rare and beautiful pieces selected from the collection of Paul and Elissa Cahn.

This week on the podcast, Curator Janine Skerry describes the collection as an exquisitely-crafted historical …

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July 21, 2014

The Color of History

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you; the color of the Historic Area is changing. Specifically, exterior paint colors are being re-examined with the aid of new technology. Gone are the familiar greens and blues of the Colonial Revival. Taking their place are earthy ochres, rusty reds, and creamy whites.

This week on the podcast, …

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