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  • Jefferson & Adams:  A Stage Play

    Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play

    Produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in association with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation

    Screenplay by Howard Ginsberg, based on his award-winning original stage play.
    Thomas Jefferson: Bill Barker, Colonial Williamsburg's interpreter
    John Adams: Sam Goodyear
    Abigail Adams: Abigail Schumann, Colonial Williamsburg's interpreter

    DVD includes 95-minute version of the play, plus a 15-minute documentary on the "Making of Jefferson & Adams" with behind-the-scenes footage and interview with the playwright, director, and cast.

    Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play, written by Howard Ginsberg and based on his original play, is the moving and powerful dramatization of the remarkable friendship between two Presidents of the United States--with the forthright Mrs. Adams always playing a major role.

    In a fast-paced series of encounters, we see the turbulent relationship between Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg's interpreter Bill Barker) and John Adams (by veteran interpreter Sam Goodyear) as their friendship ignites, flourishes, ruptures, and resolves itself. The ever-perceptive Abigail Adams (Colonial Williamsburg's interpreter Abigail Schumann) acts as catalyst and motivator while steadfastly maintaining her own beliefs.

    The lives of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were so intertwined with the fate of America that by extraordinary coincidence--or was it an act of will?--both men died on the same day, on July 4th, on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

    The play spans 50 years of their friendship starting in the early days of the Republic, extending through two wars with England, and on through their vigorous retirement. They continually clash over foreign entanglements, domestic politics, and the proper role of federal government--debates which continue to this day.

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  • Story of a Patriot DVD

    Story of a Patriot DVD

    Follow the story of Virginia Assembly member John Frye (played by the young Jack Lord) during the crucial period when the colonists resisted British taxation without representation, met force with force and chose revolution.

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    Follow the story of Virginia Assembly member John Frye (played by the young Jack Lord) during the crucial period when the colonists resisted British taxation without representation, met force with force and chose revolution. Includes a short documentary on the restoration of the original film.

    Story of a Patriot DVD (Color, 38 min.)
    No. 1147693

    $24.95


  • A Day in the Life

    A Day in the Life

    The "A Day in the Life" series, now on DVD, gives a glimpse of daily life in the 18th century through stories of people from the past: working-class young men, women, gentlemen, merchants, enslaved and free African Americans, and more. Learn about how their lives intersected and how society functioned in early America.

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    The "A Day in the Life" series, now on DVD, gives a glimpse of daily life in the 18th century through stories of people from the past: working-class young men, women, gentlemen, merchants, enslaved and free African Americans, and more. Learn about how their lives intersected and how society functioned in early America.

    This $99.00 3-disc boxed set includes two DVDs with eight 18-minute video episodes, and one CD-ROM with teacher materials, including background information, a timeline and glossary, and lesson plans with primary sources (in PDF format). The 3-D immersive role playing game Betwixt Folly and Fate and a link to the Dress the Part interactive Web activity are also included.
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  • Our Common Passage

    Our Common Passage

    Four women in 18th century America reflect on their lives and hardships in this stunning one-woman drama, written and performed by Abigail Schumann.

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    Four women in 18th century America reflect on their lives and hardships in this stunning one-woman drama, written and performed by Abigail Schumann.

    Available in VHS and DVD through www.williamsburgmarketplace.com.
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  • A Glorious System of Things

    A Glorious System of Things

    A traveling lecturer, arrives in Williamsburg for a series of lectures on the solar system and the working of electricity.

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    The eighteenth century was an age marked by scientific curiosity. In the video Peter Littlefield, a traveling lecturer, arrives in Williamsburg for a series of lectures on the solar system and the working of electricity. Littlefield demonstrates a telescope, a barometer, an air pump, and a model of the solar system and shows how scientific knowledge was shared and disseminated in eighteenth-century America.


  • The Colonial Naturalist

    The Colonial Naturalist

    The story of Mark Catesby, America's first natural scientist.

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    Mark Catesby came to Williamsburg in the early 1700s when Virginia was no more than a few clearings carved out of dense forests. Catesby became fascinated with the plants and animals he found in the New World and began collecting specimens and making drawings. Catseby's two visits to the colonies resulted in a magnificent set of 220 color plates that remains a valuable resource for naturalists and impressive works of art. The Colonial Naturalist is the story of Mark Catesby, America's first natural scientist.


  • Music of Williamsburg

    Music of Williamsburg

    This video recreates the sights, and especially the sounds, that permeated colonial America.

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    Music in eighteenth-century Williamsburg was a staple of everyday life. Music formed the accompaniment for everything from children's games to slave labors to the marching militia. This video recreates the sights and especially the sounds that permeated colonial America.





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