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June 16, 2014

New podcast: Colonial Boot Camp

Walk through the gates of the military encampment and you’ll find yourself thrown into the world of the regimental recruit. Drill, march, scout and defend. And when the day is done, you’ll lay down in a tent with five other men. Learn what life was like for the soldiers who lived and died for the …

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June 9, 2014

George Washington Sneezed Here

This week on the podcast, Apothecarist Robin Kipps shares colonial causes and remedies for the common cold. Although the symptoms were the same, the treatments and philosophies on contagion were unique to the era. How do you cure a cold? Here’s a hint: it starts with sweat.

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June 2, 2014

This week on the podcast: An Apprentice in the Milliner’s Shop

Seven years ago, apprentice Sarah Woodyard picked up a needle and thread and began a tutelage that would end with journeywoman status in the art of Milliner and Mantua-Maker.

Now, at the close of her education, Woodyard shares her experience working under a mistress and learning from a variety of sources: her hand, her …

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May 26, 2014

On the Podcast: The Teacher Institute Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute began with a great idea: give teachers a week to immerse themselves in American history, and prepare them to take it back to their classrooms.

In the ensuing quarter-century, innumerable teachers have been inspired by the experience of being at the sites where history happened, and …

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May 19, 2014

New Podcast: Colonial History Meets Modern History

The lessons of the democracy born in Britain’s upstart American colonies in 1776 can help guide emerging democracies today. What inspirations can still serve as touchpoints? What missteps can serve as cautionary tales?

Discussions on the future of unions and republics across the globe are the mission of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, …

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May 12, 2014

New Podcast: 60 Years at the Margaret Hunter Shop

Sixty years ago, the little Margaret Hunter shop on Duke of Gloucester Street opened its doors. There, they laid the groundwork for interpreting a trade so varied that its practitioners, “milliners,” can claim they deal in a thousand different things.

In the 18th century, milliners and mantua makers stood at the hub of a …

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