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November 17, 2014

This Thanksgiving, Consider the Pumpkin

Pumpkins are hearty gourds, most often used for front porch decoration and the occasional pie. But for our colonial forebears, these sturdy squash were a life-sustaining source of calories for man and beast.

Listen to this week’s podcast with author Mary Miley Theobald as she reveals the complex history of the ubiquitous harbinger of fall.

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November 3, 2014

Electronic Field Trips: Are you tuning in?

Our Emmy-winning Electronic Field Trip series has evolved with the years to accommodate the students and teachers who watch it. This week the podcast goes behind the scenes with Producer Leslie Clark and Museum Educator Cash Arehart to talk about a special broadcast in the 2014-’15 lineup: The Global Economy. Breaking this topic down for …

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October 20, 2014

Death Wears a Shroud

This week on the podcast, we reach into the grave for some buried history. In the spirit of All Hallows, we unearth the unexpected truth about colonial burial garments. Research Librarian Juliegh Clark tells us nearly all colonists would have been buried in a shroud — never their best clothes.

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October 6, 2014

Reading History Backwards

A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Jamestown Island, site of America’s first permanent English settlement, may be underwater by the end of the century. To Bill Kelso, Director of Archeological Research and Interpretation with Jamestown Rediscovery, this means that it’s time for Americans to think about what sites are important …

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September 29, 2014

To everything; a season

Podcast Host Harmony Hunter turns out to know very little about historic farming. Are your assumptions off, as well? Listen this week on the show as Historic Farmer Wayne Randolph walks us through the seasons of work on a rural plantation. You might be surprised by what you learn.

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September 22, 2014

An Autumn Spectacular

The deciduous denizens of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are no slouches when it comes to the flaming colors of a classic autumn. Manager of Landscape Services Laura Viancour says trees are chosen with an eye toward fall color, but their year-long care is more complex than you might imagine.

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Take the Tall Treasures

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