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May 25, 2015

Today’s Podcast: Ask a Soldier

It’s the 18th century in America, and soldiers are making life-altering sacrifices. Friendships are lost. Families are divided. Health and safety are risked, and lost are the basic comforts most citizens take for granted. All these challenges pale in comparison to the task of coming home and finding their places in a changed world.

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May 11, 2015

This week’s podcast: A New Chowning’s

A familiar historic tavern is reimagined as an alehouse, with significant changes throughout. Chowning’s Tavern reopens its doors, revealing an interior that’s informed by research, study, and science. Curator Amanda Keller and Director of Architectural Preservation Matt Webster teamed with experts throughout the Foundation to bring a new accuracy to this exciting new spot.

From … Continue Reading »

April 27, 2015

This week on the podcast: Cancer, That Painful and Lingering Disorder

Cancer treatments of the 18th century share much in common with today’s options: surgery to remove tumors, ingestion of systemic poisons to destroy cancer cells, and palliative care when all other options have been exhausted.

Listen to this week’s podcast as Medical Historian Sharon Cotner describes the science and the outcomes surrounding this plaugue both … Continue Reading »

April 13, 2015

Today’s Podcast: Every Home a Distillery

What can you use to bathe a baby, clean your house, dye your hair, and serve at breakfast? If you’re alive in the 18th century, the answer is “alcohol.”

Professor Sarah Meacham is our guest on today’s podcast, where she talks about the research for her book, “Every Home a Distillery,” and an upcoming collaboration … Continue Reading »

March 16, 2015

The George Washington Seal

An object slight in stature but mighty in meaning has Colonial Williamsburg historians excited. Jokingly referred to as “boy bling” by Metals Curator Janine Skerry, this small watch seal is as exquisite as it is rare.

It’s a wonder on its own, but it becomes more remarkable still when we learn the name of its … Continue Reading »

March 2, 2015

Marry Me? Listen to this week’s podcast

This week on the podcast, we usher in Women’s History Month with an examination of the married state. Is a wedding a union of love, a merger of resources, or a means of preserving your social standing? As you probably guessed, it’s a bit of all three.

Listen now.