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August 4, 2014

Spies in the Library

Secreted in the stacks of archives and libraries around the world are the stories of spies and their craft. Inspired by questions sparked by the AMC series, “Turn,” Reference Librarian Allison Heinbaugh stalked the rows of the John D. Rockefeller Library to penetrate the cover of Revolutionary agents.

Don’t be misled by the mild demeanor …

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July 28, 2014

Witness Extraordinary Silver in the Cahn Collection

A temporary exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offers a singular perspective on America’s silvermaking tradition. Titled “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate,” the collection showcases 40 rare and beautiful pieces selected from the collection of Paul and Elissa Cahn.

This week on the podcast, Curator Janine Skerry describes the collection as an exquisitely-crafted historical …

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July 21, 2014

The Color of History

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you; the color of the Historic Area is changing. Specifically, exterior paint colors are being re-examined with the aid of new technology. Gone are the familiar greens and blues of the Colonial Revival. Taking their place are earthy ochres, rusty reds, and creamy whites.

This week on the podcast, …

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July 14, 2014

A Conversation With Michael Beschloss

This week on the podcast, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss drops by to talk about the modern presidency. Technology, says Beschloss, has changed the presidency in myriad ways. From photography, to radio, to television and today’s social media, presidents must react in less time and under greater public scrutiny.

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July 7, 2014

Podcast: History with a Bang

Gunpowder enters the historical record as part of a potion to ensure immortality for Chinese emperors. Over the centuries, it’s put to use in the service of death, rather than everlasting life. Armorer Ron Potts shares the fascinating history of chemistry, creativity, and ingenuity behind the three ingredients that fueled the Revolution.

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June 30, 2014

This week’s podcast: Listen to the Declaration of Independence

Lend an ear to this week’s podcast to 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.

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