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December 1, 2014
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
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.
November 3, 2014
Our Emmy-winning Electronic Field Trip series has evolved with the years to accommodate the students and teachers who watch it. This week the podcast goes behind the scenes with Producer Leslie Clark and Museum Educator Cash Arehart to talk about a special broadcast in the 2014-’15 lineup: The Global Economy. Breaking this topic down for … Continue Reading »
October 20, 2014
This week on the podcast, we reach into the grave for some buried history. In the spirit of All Hallows, we unearth the unexpected truth about colonial burial garments. Research Librarian Juliegh Clark tells us nearly all colonists would have been buried in a shroud — never their best clothes.
October 6, 2014
A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Jamestown Island, site of America’s first permanent English settlement, may be underwater by the end of the century. To Bill Kelso, Director of Archeological Research and Interpretation with Jamestown Rediscovery, this means that it’s time for Americans to think about what sites are important … Continue Reading »
September 29, 2014
Podcast Host Harmony Hunter turns out to know very little about historic farming. Are your assumptions off, as well? Listen this week on the show as Historic Farmer Wayne Randolph walks us through the seasons of work on a rural plantation. You might be surprised by what you learn.