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February 14, 2014

Hanging out with the presidents: What you need to know first

Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg can come face-to-face with presidential history this President’s Weekend.  To help your conversation, here’s some information on General George Washington circa 1775, Thomas Jefferson circa 1780, and James Madison circa 1790.

Each president is at a markedly different point in their careers and the development of the nation, with …

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February 13, 2014

Today: “Harsh World This World” explores the reality of slavery

What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters?  Students will have the opportunity to watch “Harsh World, This World” on Feb. 13 and be guided through true personal stories that demonstrate kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty — all the emotions that govern complex human relationships.

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February 10, 2014

This week’s Black History Month events in the Revolutionary City

This week’s Black History Month events include special programs in the Historic Area and the DeWitt Wallace Museum. In addition, President’s Day weekend programs will highlight early presidents’ views on slavery. Here are some of this week’s events. Check our calendar for new and updated information.

African American Artist Tours:  Take …

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January 28, 2014

Labor for Love: Volunteers recreate a special wedding garment

Volunteers are hard at work recreating a wedding garment for the spring wedding re-enactment between Pocahontas and John Rolfe at Historic Jamestowne. They are embroidering the recreation of a special jacket that she is believed to have worn.

“I have about 50 volunteers so far,” said Brenda Rosseau, manager of the costume design center, “but I …

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January 15, 2014

“The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race” premieres tomorrow

Colonial Williamsburg’s latest Electronic Field Trip, “The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race,” premieres Jan.16.

Electronic Field Trips (EFT) are Emmy-Award winning, live Internet events and television broadcasts for fourth through eighth grades.  The program is designed so that classrooms around the world can experience interactive history lessons from Colonial Williamsburg.

In “The Amazing Trade Shop Math …

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December 30, 2013

New clues from old dirt: Is the Bray School found?

Mounting evidence points to the location of Virginia’s first school for the education of black children in an overlooked 18th-century Williamsburg structure. Relocated from its original footings and concealed by subsequent renovations, the little house at 524 Prince George Street has a big story to tell. First uncovered by William and Mary’s Professor of English …

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