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July 21, 2014
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.
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July 14, 2014
This week on the podcast, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss drops by to talk about the modern presidency. Technology, says Beschloss, has changed the presidency in myriad ways. From photography, to radio, to television and today’s social media, presidents must react in less time and under greater public scrutiny.
July 7, 2014
Gunpowder enters the historical record as part of a potion to ensure immortality for Chinese emperors. Over the centuries, it’s put to use in the service of death, rather than everlasting life. Armorer Ron Potts shares the fascinating history of chemistry, creativity, and ingenuity behind the three ingredients that fueled the Revolution.
June 30, 2014
Lend an ear to this week’s podcast to hear renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker read the Declaration of Independence. There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with reverence for the words that started it all.
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June 23, 2014
More grisly than the wounds of war were the means of mending them: field surgery was conducted without the luxuries of anesthesia, antibiotics, or modern antiseptics. Interpreter David Pondolfino portrays a military surgeon, and this week on the podcast he shares the medical options for enlisted men in the 18th century.
June 16, 2014
Walk through the gates of the military encampment and you’ll find yourself thrown into the world of the regimental recruit. Drill, march, scout and defend. And when the day is done, you’ll lay down in a tent with five other men. Learn what life was like for the soldiers who lived and died for the …