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June 22, 2015

Through the Ranks: Telling Stories

By Ben Swenson

The recruits of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums have come to the Revolutionary City from many different backgrounds. Some always knew they’d join this ensemble. Others seemed to have stumbled on it accidentally.

All of them have signed on to a life-changing journey.

In these audio clips, the recruits tell the stories of what … Continue Reading »

June 22, 2015

Accepting a Challenge: Wheels for a French Cannon Carriage

By Ben Swenson

Entrepreneurs love to see business coming through the door. But when your line of work is an 18th-century Historic Trade, walk-ins are a rarity.

Yet that’s what happened last year at the Colonial Williamsburg Wheelwright and Carriage Shop. Matthew Mees and his wife were visiting the Revolutionary City and made a point to drop … Continue Reading »

June 22, 2015

This week’s podcast: Listen to the Declaration of Independence

This week on the podcast, hear renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker read the Declaration of Independence. There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with reverence for the words that started it all.

Listen now.

Zoom in on the Declaration of Independence.

June 17, 2015

Martha Jefferson and Peter Pelham: Student and Teacher

By Karen Gonzalez

Peter Pelham’s musical influence found a way into the life of a Founding Father, according to new research.

A manuscript – or copybook – of music bearing the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson’s wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Pelham, the 18th-century Bruton Parish Church organist and music teacher, offers a glimpse into the relationship between … Continue Reading »

June 15, 2015

Magna Carta: Less Than Meets the Eye?

By Mac McKerral

Grantham, England — Americans might not appreciate this week’s anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, but here in the United Kingdom, it’s a right proper big deal.

Attending one of the innumerable commemorative events, I found myself drawing connections between Magna Carta and the primary documents that helped shape the United States.

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June 14, 2015

A Salute to All Our Flags

By Ben Swenson

On Flag Day we pay homage to the Stars and Stripes, a banner that adorns flagpoles across the United States and beyond. The U.S. flag is instantly recognizable for modern Americans, although their Colonial ancestors weren’t so familiar with such a standard.

What flags would have been known to residents of 18th-century Williamsburg? … Continue Reading »