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February 20, 2014

Meet the Founding Father who freed hundreds of slaves during his lifetime

By Áine Cain

This month, discover the remarkable life and times of founding father Robert Carter III

For all his wealth and familial prominence, Carter wasn’t your average Virginia gentleman. He flunked the bar, even after being educated at William & Mary  grammar school and studying law in London. His contemporaries occasionally criticized his lack … Continue Reading »

February 17, 2014

Legislative update: SOLs, transportation bills and more

From education to transportation and tourism, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation provides insights and support for issues debated in Virginia’s General Assembly each year.  This session, the “What’s New” blog will follow some of the legislative matters of interest to educators, historians, visitors and the business and residential community around Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the blog each … Continue Reading »

February 16, 2014

This Week in Black History Month

This week’s Black History Month events include special programs in the Historic Area and the DeWitt Wallace Museum, Feb. 16-22. And in honor of President’s Day weekend, today’s programs will celebrate the United State’s founding fathers and their legacies.  Check our calendar for new and updated information.

The Daily News:  Listen … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

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.

The stories in this Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »