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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.

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February 16, 2015

This week’s podcast: Through the Ranks

Fifers and Drummers are made, not born, and it’s a process that takes seven years to complete. A new web feature, “Through the Ranks,” will follow 2015’s entering class on their journey from new recruit to historic icon.

What does this music signal to the American spirit? How do the Fifes and Drums capture the heart … Continue Reading »

February 2, 2015

Podcast: A New Narrative for the Lives of Africans

The history of African Americans in the colonies is a story weighted with grief and cruelty. Too easily, the narrative can reflect only the negative. Stephen Seals, Director of African American and Religion Programs, wants to shine a new light on the lives of Africans, both enslaved and free. By sharing the fullness of the … Continue Reading »

January 19, 2015

New Podcast: What was in George Washington’s Wallet?

A listener’s question sent us on a journey through the economy of the 18th century. The question? In a time before standardized currency, how did colonists pay for things? What was in George Washington’s wallet?

Resident numismatic expert Erik Goldstein answers the question and shares some surprises on this week’s podcast.

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December 15, 2014

A Thirst for History: Old Stitch Beer

This week on the podcast, Master of Historic Foodways Frank Clark details his 20-year quest to recreate the perfect 18th-century brew. Rounded in flavor, middling in alcohol content, and deep caramel in color, his “Old Stitch” reached a perfection recognized in the United States Beer Tasting Championship’s 20th annual competition.

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