Mon, 30 Jan 2012 8:00:00 ESTThe gun is part of America's creation story. Gunsmith George Suiter describes the technology of this potent tool.
Mon, 23 Jan 2012 8:00:00 ESTA tale of murder in the final chapter in a great man's noble life. Chris Hull tells George Wythe's story.
Mon, 16 Jan 2012 8:00:00 ESTThe manners of the parlor codify the feminine culture. Kristen Spivey keeps up appearances in The Polite Academy.
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 8:00:00 ESTNew information continues to emerge from the excavation of Anderson's Armoury. The tin shop is found, beginning a new exploration of the trade. Meredith Poole updates.
Mon, 02 Jan 2012 8:00:00 ESTThe coopers's cask is one of mankind's strongest constructions, and the ubiquitous container for shipping items wet and dry. Meet cooper Ramona Vogel to learn more about the trade.
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 8:00:00 ESTHear tales of hair farms, shaved heads, yak fur, and wigs rigged with live ammunition, told by wigmaker Betty Myers.
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 8:00:00 ESTChristmas tunes resonate from an instrument you've probably never heard before. Hear Dean Shostak play Ben Franklin's invention: the glass armonica.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 8:00:00 ESTAmerica outgrows her 13 colonies and stretches her boundaries west. CNU Professor Phillip Hamilton explains the sprawl.
Mon, 05 Dec 2011 8:00:00 ESTAuthor Susan Berg on what the 18th century read for work and for fun.
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe diverse relationships between slaves and masters were governed by kindness, betrayal, trust, and cruelty. A new Electronic Field Trip, "Harsh World, This World" examines the complex familiarity of slavery.
Mon, 21 Nov 2011 8:00:00 ESTMaster cabinetmaker Mack Headley makes fine furniture in the plain and neat Virginia style.
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 8:00:00 ESTDoctors treating madness in 1773 embraced methods like bleeding, vomiting, restraint and intimidation. Interpreter Donna Wolf researched the topic for her program, "A Method for Madness."
Mon, 07 Nov 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe first combat submarine was invented as a vehicle to transport underwater bombs. Jerry Roberts of the Connecticut River Museum tells the story of an intrepid American inventor.
Mon, 31 Oct 2011 8:00:00 ESTA chilling specter of the 18th century reaches its icy grasp to the present day. Hear the story of Moses Riggs, a man possessed.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 8:00:00 ESTEdith Cumbo was a rare individual in colonial Virginia: a free African woman. Learn about her life and her stature in this interview with Emily James.
Mon, 17 Oct 2011 8:00:00 ESTWilliamsburg's most prestigious buildings start with humble clay. Brickmaker Jason Whitehead tells the story.
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 8:00:00 ESTWry humor softens the sharp wit of this quintessentially American founding father. Interpreter John Hamant talks about portraying Benjamin Franklin.
Mon, 03 Oct 2011 8:00:00 ESTTwo gravestones are unearthed during a construction project. Historians and curators work to solve the mysteries below. Emily Williams tells their story.
Mon, 26 Sep 2011 8:00:00 ESTRestoration presents a paradox when repairing old instruments could mean erasing their stories. Conservator John Watson walks the fine line.
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 8:00:00 ESTWilliamsburg's blacksmith transforms crude metal into elegant, functional tools. Master Blacksmith Ken Schwarz details the trade.
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe tale of a Spanish spy reveals England's fragile hold on the New World. Miguel Girona tells the story of Don Diego de Molina.
Mon, 05 Sep 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe Constitution guarantees the right to jury trial. What does it mean for a vital democracy? Director of the Center for Jury Studies Paula Hannaford-Agor explains their importance.
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 8:00:00 ESTDemocracy is an experiment sustained through debate; rights are a privilege earned through participation. Michael Hartoonian introduces The Idea of America.
Mon, 22 Aug 2011 8:00:00 ESTEarly maps and prints leave geography for last, focusing first on politics and propaganda. Curator Margaret Pritchard talks about a new exhibit at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
Mon, 15 Aug 2011 8:00:00 ESTA broken helmet is discarded and forgotten, only to be resurrected 400 years later by curious archaeologists on Jamestown Island. Curator Michael Lavin describes the effort.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 8:00:00 ESTBasketmaking is a tradition born of utility and preserved for beauty. Colonial Williamsburg basketmaker Terry Thon practices a trade passed down through generations.
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 8:00:00 ESTHistory is in the hands of Junior Interpreters all summer long, as the story of the Revolution expands to include a kid's perspective. Pam Blount tells us how sites involve children in the 18th century and today.
Mon, 25 Jul 2011 8:00:00 ESTGeorge Washington's 1796 Farewell Address teems with advice that rings true today. Listen to interpreter Ron Carnegie read excepts from the timeless epistle.
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 8:00:00 ESTSharp quills did the bidding of the even sharper intellects of the Revolution's founding mothers. Listen to the words of Mercy Otis Warren and Abigail Adams, voiced by Abigail Schumann.
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 8:00:00 ESTPatrick Henry demands liberty or death in his rousing 1775 speech. Hear the immortal words voiced by interpreter Richard Schumann.
Mon, 04 Jul 2011 8:00:00 ESTThomas Jefferson reads the words that started it all: The Declaration of Independence.
Mon, 27 Jun 2011 8:00:00 ESTA new armoury complex takes shape on the footings of Anderson's Forge. Archaeologist Meredith Poole talks about the site's rebuilt narrative.
Mon, 20 Jun 2011 8:00:00 ESTWar makes the weaver busy. Cloth for everything from sails to bedsheets is created on his loom. Max Hamrick weaves the tale.
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 8:00:00 ESTA lost relic returns to the Pamunkey tribe in a new form. American Indian Initiative Manager Buck Woodard guides us through treaties and time.
Mon, 06 Jun 2011 8:00:00 ESTGeorge Washington's retirement venture had a high alcohol content. Mount Vernon's Director of Preservation, Dennis Pogue, leads us on a tour through Washington's whiskey distillery.
Mon, 30 May 2011 8:00:00 ESTPirates seek treasure both sunken and sea-going, from the 17th century through today. William and Mary Professor Kris Lane draws the connections between the old traditions and the fresh emergences of piracy.
Mon, 23 May 2011 8:00:00 ESTAfrican American history is both discovered in and continued by an ancient oral tradition. Richard Josey describes the process of restoring a community's voice.
Mon, 16 May 2011 8:00:00 ESTAuthor and historian Alan Brinkley shares his thoughts on the alchemy of luck and chance in the Oval Office.
Mon, 09 May 2011 8:00:00 ESTCould the war have been won without women? Author and Professor Holly Mayer thinks not. Learn more about the inner workings of the Continental Army.
Mon, 02 May 2011 8:00:00 ESTBuildings bear silent witness to the history that happens inside them. Conservator Matt Webster makes sure structures live to tell their tales.
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 8:00:00 ESTAbraham Lincoln makes good on the founders' promises of freedom and equality. Author Gordon Wood lays out the Revolutionary origins of the Civil War.
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 8:00:00 ESTWhile General George Washington commanded the troops in the field, Martha led the charge at home. Historic Interpreter Lee Ann Rose describes the impact women made during the Revolution.
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 8:00:00 ESTWilliamsburg's jail, or gaol, set the standard for colonial prison architecture. Visit the building this year as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of its reconstruction. Architectural historian Carl Lounsbury describes the structure.
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 8:00:00 ESTIn an age when water was suspect, sometimes beer was the safest thing to drink. Food historian Frank Clark discusses the brewing process common to most colonial homes and recreated in Historic Area kitchens.
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 8:00:00 ESTAttaining ideal beauty in the 18th century might require hog's lard, mousehide, toxic lead, and daily application of gin. Historical Interpreter Meg Brown shares her favorite discoveries.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 8:00:00 ESTBritish colonists revolt against their mother country when traditional English rights are threatened. Author and historian Jack Greene explains.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe Ossabaw Hog shares its unique genetic legacy with visitors to Colonial Williamsburg's Great Hopes Plantation. Historic Farmer Wayne Randolph talks about the rare breed.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 8:00:00 ESTA new examination of Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home reveals the forces that shaped the third president. Author Susan Kern talks about her new book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell."
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe man with the tamest job in town is an outlaw in a time of slave law. Listen to the story of Gowan Pamphlet, the first ordained slave preacher in America.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 8:00:00 ESTMany West African cultures make landfall in colonial Virginia, where they adapt and adopt traits that will form the basis of a new African American culture. Historian Rose McAphee describes the blend.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 8:00:00 ESTFolk Art from the African American tradition holds a wealth of cultural memory. Trish Balderson describes selected pieces chosen for the African American Folk Art Tour.
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 8:00:00 ESTSlavery gains a foothold in the American colonies as early as 1619. In the years that follow, laws and resistance grow around the institution with equal determination. Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander discusses slavery's early path.
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe Civil War has its roots in the American Revolution. Explore the causes and conflicts in "Storm on the Horizon," a special two-day Colonial Williamsburg event February 18th and 19th, 2011.
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 8:00:00 ESTOngoing excavations at James Fort reveal a surprising discovery: the site of the 1608 church where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. Chief Archaeologist Bill Kelso shares the excitement of rediscovery.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe first English words spoken in Virginia were pronounced with a 17th-century London accent. Linguistics professor Anne Charity-Hudley explains the evolution of the American sound.
Mon, 10 Jan 2011 8:00:00 ESTIntelligence born of practice combines with the study of science to complete the historic tradesman's store of knowledge. Director of Historic Trades Jay Gaynor describes the balance.
Mon, 03 Jan 2011 8:00:00 ESTThe accessories that graced the ensembles of history are on display at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums in "Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe." Curator Linda Baumgarten introduces the collection.
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 8:00:00 ESTA new blog from Historic Foodways presents 18th-century recipes in 21st-century terms. Get cooking with Frank Clark at recipes.history.org.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 8:00:00 ESTThe Governor’s Musick is Colonial Williamsburg’s resident 18th-century musical ensemble. Jane Hanson, Herb Watson, Jenny Edenborn and Wayne Moss perform.
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 8:00:00 ESTBy 1820, the original Declaration was showing signs of wear. John Quincy Adams commissioned a now-famous facsimile. Librarian Doug Mayo describes Colonial Williamsburg's copy.
Mon, 06 Dec 2010 8:00:00 ESTThe heart of Christmas remains unchanged, even as each generation lends new customs to the celebration. Historian Lou Powers talks Christmastide in three centuries.
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 8:00:00 ESTGrowing up colonial meant babies in crash helmets and boys in dresses. Program developer Kristin Spivey compares childhood now and then.
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 8:00:00 ESTGain a new respect for the good old pumpkin. Author Mary Miley Theobald traces the history of the long-suffering gourd.
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 8:00:00 ESTDo you know your rights? Professor of Law Henry Chambers explains the lasting wisdom of the Constitution's first 10 amendments.
Mon, 08 Nov 2010 8:00:00 ESTThe Indian School at the College of William and Mary was conceived for the religious conversion of Indians. Professor Jim Axtell shares the storied building's history.
Mon, 01 Nov 2010 8:00:00 ESTThe backyards of Williamsburg's finest homes tell the story of a separate society. Author Mike Olmert reads the architecture of outbuildings.
Mon, 25 Oct 2010 8:00:00 ESTA disgruntled pirate's haunted history lingers in the town where his shipmates met the hangman. Carson Hudson and Willie Balderson team up for "Pirates Amongst Us."
Mon, 18 Oct 2010 8:00:00 ESTAuthor L.B. Taylor preserves Tidewater's spectral folklore in his book, "The Ghosts of Williamsburg."
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 8:00:00 ESTWhat did the founders really intend for our democracy? Political Science Professor Quentin Kidd talks about how the government was built and how Americans have adapted it.
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 8:00:00 ESTPapa Said, Mama Said preserves the African-American community's long tradition of storytelling. Art Johnson shares a fable.
Mon, 27 Sep 2010 8:00:00 ESTJumping the broom was a marriage ceremony rich with meaning for communities denied traditional rights. Training Specialist Rose McAphee describes the wedding recreated weekly at Colonial Williamsburg's Great Hopes Plantation.
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 8:00:00 ESTLocal militiamen were ragtag but tenacious fighting forces. Supervisor of Military Programs John Hill describes Revolutionary War hometown defenses.
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 8:00:00 ESTGet to know the Constitution: a document whose genius lies in its malleability. Historian and author Pauline Maier talks ratification.
Mon, 06 Sep 2010 8:00:00 ESTCotton springs from the ground with a story all its own at Great Hopes Plantation. Farmer Wayne Randolph tells cotton's story.
Mon, 30 Aug 2010 8:00:00 ESTHistory hits the road when an iconic windmill moves to a new home. Hear the story behind Robertson's Windmill from Jim Horn, CW's Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation.
Mon, 23 Aug 2010 8:00:00 ESTThe hangman's noose was the last stop for many a felon. But the ultimate penalty could be avoided with the recitation of one special psalm. Historian Linda Rowe explains the Benefit of Clergy.
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 8:00:00 ESTThousands of Williamsburg mothers entrusted the delivery of their babies to midwives and man-midwives. Medical historian Robin Kipps outlines the ancient profession.
Mon, 09 Aug 2010 8:00:00 EST"As George was what the soldiers looked to, Martha then became what women looked to." Learn more about the remarkable life of the first First Lady with interpreter Lee Ann Rose.
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 8:00:00 ESTThe Powell House is a hub for educating people of all ages. Interpreter Pat Chilton introduces this middling family to visitors and the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.
Mon, 26 Jul 2010 8:00:00 ESTArchaeology at Anderson's Forge unearths the story of a city preparing for war. Staff Archaeologist Andy Edwards talks about the dig.
Mon, 19 Jul 2010 8:00:00 ESTMyths abound in history's retelling. Historian and author Mary Miley Theobald shares some of her favorites.
Mon, 12 Jul 2010 8:00:00 ESTA man of remarkable strength and size was George Washington's one-man army. Author and sixth-generation descendant Travis Bowman shares the tale of Peter Fransisco.
Mon, 05 Jul 2010 8:00:00 ESTWomen's unassuming roles made them excellent spies. Playwright Darci Tucker tells the story of Elizabeth Thompson: Lady Spy.
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 8:00:00 ESTHear the Declaration of Independence read in its entirety by Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker.
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 8:00:00 ESTA British flotilla from the Battle of Yorktown lies mired in a murky tomb beneath the tides of the York River. Underwater archaeologist John Broadwater dives down to Cornwallis' sunken fleet and shares his finds.
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 8:00:00 ESTUnderwater archaeologist John Broadwater and his team dove down to a sunken fleet of ships from the Battle of Yorktown.
Mon, 07 Jun 2010 8:00:00 ESTHistoric Foodways Journeyman Rob Brantley makes ice cream the really old-fashioned way in the kitchen at the Governor's Palace.
Mon, 31 May 2010 8:00:00 ESTDetermined women disguised themselves as men to fight in the Revolutionary War. Historian Joyce Henry brings us the story of Anna Maria Lane.
Mon, 24 May 2010 8:00:00 ESTWilliamsburg's streets are rich with the history of two wars.
Mon, 17 May 2010 8:00:00 ESTMembers of the Senior Corps of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums play the tunes that directed a soldier through his day, from morning’s first light to the night’s last ale.
Mon, 10 May 2010 8:00:00 ESTColonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums introduces the instruments designed to be heard under cannon fire and over musket volleys. Learn the history of their distinctive sound with Amy Miller and members of the Senior Fife and Drum Corps.
Mon, 03 May 2010 8:00:00 ESTHarpsichord maker Ed Wright prizes the instrument for its bright, crystalline sound and unique mechanics.
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 8:00:00 ESTMuskets, swords, buttons and drums convey powerful memories of the soldiers who claimed them. Curator Erik Goldstein highlights some of his favorite military treasures from the Colonial Williamsburg collections.
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 8:00:00 ESTFour Shawnee men visit Williamsburg as diplomatic hostages in 1774. See their story in "So Far From Scioto," part of Revolutionary City programming. Buck Woodard shares the details.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 8:00:00 ESTAmerican Patriot Patrick Henry is burdened with his first wife's tragic decline into insanity. Interpreter Richard Schumann tells the tale.
Mon, 05 Apr 2010 08:00:00 ESTMuseum conservators wage daily battle against 10 agents of decay. Exhibit Curator Emily Williams outlines the plan of attack in "Conservation, Where Art and Science Meet."
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:00:00 ESTThomas Jefferson approached mechanical problems with an engineer's mind. Historic Interpreter Bill Barker continues his reflection on this founding father's areas of expertise.
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:00:00 ESTThomas Jefferson's passion for politics is rivaled only by his passion for science. Historic Interpreter Bill Barker shares his study of the third president.
Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:00:00 ESTObjects rare and poignant joined the Colonial Williamsburg museum collections in 2009. Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections, Conservation and Museums Ron Hurst describes the finds.
Mon, 08 Mar 2010 08:00:00 ESTChildren and the law: Historian Cathy Hellier and Law Professor Jim Dwyer contrast 18th-century and 21st-century juvenile justice.