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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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December 1, 2014

New Podcast: An Old-School Home Brew

Today’s college students might have to smuggle beer into their dorm rooms, but a frosty mug was far from forbidden for the early students at the College of William and Mary. Recent archaeology has unearthed a mysterious feature, and evidence suggests that it’s the school’s early brewhouse.

Archaeologist Andy Edwards explains, “Beer was just, it … Continue Reading »

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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