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Jan 16
2012

The Polite Academy

The manners of the parlor codify the feminine culture. Kristen Spivey keeps up appearances in The Polite Academy.

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Oct 24
2011

An Enduring Spirit

Edith 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.

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Jul 18
2011

Founding Mothers

Sharp 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.

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May 9
2011

Women of the Revolution

Could the war have been won without women? Author and Professor Holly Mayer thinks not. Learn more about the inner workings of the Continental Army.

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Apr 18
2011

Martha Leads the Charge

While 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.

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Mar 28
2011

The Art of Beauty

Attaining 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.

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Aug 16
2010

Williamsburg's Midwife

Thousands of Williamsburg mothers entrusted the delivery of their babies to midwives and man-midwives. Medical historian Robin Kipps outlines the ancient profession.

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Aug 9
2010

Meet Martha Washington

"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.

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Jul 5
2010

Elizabeth Thompson: Lady Spy

Women's unassuming roles made them excellent spies. Playwright Darci Tucker tells the story of Elizabeth Thompson: Lady Spy.

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May 31
2010

Women Soldiers

Determined women disguised themselves as men to fight in the Revolutionary War. Historian Joyce Henry brings us the story of Anna Maria Lane.

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Nov 30
2009

Colonial Girls

Gentry girls had but one job: to find a husband. Historian Cathy Hellier explains the custom.

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Mar 2
2009

Swordmaking in the 18th Century

Colonial tradesmen learned the swordmaking craft as Virginia armed itself for war. Journeyman brass founder Suzie Dye describes the process.

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Aug 25
2008

First Lady of Virginia

Lady Dunmore's ease and grace are among Lord Dunmore's most valuable political assets. Interpreter Corrine Dame reflects on the lady who delighted the colony.

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May 5
2008

Fashion and Function

A corset's engineered strictness defines the shape of the 18th-century woman. Journeywoman Brooke Welborn explains the trend.

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Mar 10
2008

A Rarity Restored

Two artists collaborate across the centuries: one working with a brush, and the other with a micro spatula. Curator Barbara Luck and conservator Pam Young describe the restoration of a rare watercolor.

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Jul 16
2007

A Slave's Perspective

The Declaration of Independence was a promise extended to white men only. Hope Smith portrays Eve, a slave in the Peyton Randolph house.

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May 28
2007

Martha Washington Remembers

This first lady devoted herself to her husband and his troops.

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Apr 9
2007

Music Suited to a Lady

Colonial ladies played instruments that showed their graceful features to the best advantage, and they never showed their elbows. Music Interpreter Jane Hanson explains.

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Jun 19
2006

Mr. Wythe's Cook

Valarie Holmes interprets Lydia Broadnax - a cook for one of Williamsburg's most influential men.

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Mar 6
2006

Telling the story of colonial women.

Kristen Spivey reveals some surprises about 18th-century women and their role in history.

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Feb 27
2006

Emily James interprets spirited women

Jamaican-born Emily James has interpreted at least 16 different 18th-century women who learned how to survive lives of enslavement.

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Oct 10
2005

Firing the brick kiln

Christine Trowbridge explains the laborious process of making bricks and the intangible rewards of the job.

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Oct 3
2005

Black Women and the Revolution

Hope Smith talks about the women and children who followed their men to war.

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Aug 15
2005

Carolyn Wilson on Interpreting an American Lady

Carolyn Wilson talks about her passion for what it means to be an American citizen and her love for interpreting Betty Randolph in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.

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Jun 21
2005

Carolyn Wilson on Betty Randolph and Independence

In the pursuit of American independence, Betty Randolph played the role of lady and wife, enabling husband Peyton to fight for freedom.

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