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July 6, 2015
Colonial Williamsburg turns its visitors into its spies for the fifth year in a row with RevQuest: The King’s Advance. Take your place in the Revolution with this online/onsite game that tasks its players with unraveling a true Revolutionary mystery. Meet with secret agents, crack codes, and transmit vital information to the guardians of … Continue Reading »
June 22, 2015
This week on the podcast, 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.
Zoom in on the Declaration of Independence.
June 8, 2015
The conventional wisdom surrounding Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums has been that these timeless instruments provided the backdrop to battle because their sounds were uniquely detectable to the human ear.
The piercing fife, the thundering drum: both could be heard over the din of battle, making them a crucial means of communication for commands … Continue Reading »
May 25, 2015
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.
Nathaniel … Continue Reading »
May 11, 2015
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
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 »