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August 8, 2014

Help Re-imagine the Republic at the Constitution Café

By Bill Sullivan

Christopher Phillips wants to get rid of the Constitution and start over again. Well, not exactly. But he does want us to think about what we would do if we could start over. The William & Mary alum (Government major, naturally) will be leading the conversation in a “Constitution Café” Monday, …

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May 28, 2014

Tell Me a Story

By Karen Gonzalez

This weekend, the Eastern Band of Cherokee returns to the colonial capital – and the 18th century.

In “Return of the Cherokee,” a Native American delegation re-enacts what became regular visits to discuss trade agreements and negotiate boundaries.  During those visits to practice détente, the Cherokee also “favored the public with a dance….”

And they …

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April 24, 2014

When Religious Freedom Was Dangerous

By Bill Sullivan

“A commitment to religious freedom is one of the most important achievements of the founding era precisely because it could be dangerous,” said James Sidbury, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Rice University, in a talk at the Dewitt Wallace Museum. But dangerous to whom? Sidbury was a featured speaker during …

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April 23, 2014

Why name one lamb? You helped us name all 11

We asked for a name for one of the Leicester longwool lambs. Then you overwhelmed us.

We received over 1,000 suggestions.  So we gave names to all lambs that were born so far this spring.

The 11 names that were chosen were:
1. Napoleon
2. Lambert
3. Raleigh
4. Fife
5. Jefferson Longshanks
6. Sprout
7. Stuart Lambginton
8. Pickle
9. Sir Wooly Coates
10. …

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April 8, 2014

The Revolutionary City Celebrates Religious History Month

Throughout the month of April, Colonial Williamsburg will explore the religious impact of the American Revolution. Any British colony was required to promote the Anglican Church as its official religion, stifling the practice of Presbyterian and Baptist dissenters, and forbidding that of Catholics and non-Christians. Gaining religious freedom was one of the goals of the …

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April 7, 2014

Pocahontas and John Rolfe: A match made in Virginia

By Karen Gonzalez

About 2,000 people gathered Saturday by the James River to witness the 400th anniversary of the wedding between Pocahontas and John Rolfe at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia. The weather was a sunny 65 degrees – perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Pocahontas was played by Wendy Taylor from the Pamunkey Indian tribe, and John Rolfe was …

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