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Colonial Williamsburg: Past & Present: Podcasts

2005 Podcasts
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Behind the Scenes

Curator of Historic Interiors
Curator Emily Roberts enjoys setting a proper Christmas supper for 10 in the Palace. December 19, 2005
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From ceviche to syllabub
Journeyman foodways tradesman Barbara Scherer discusses the elaborate serving and savoring of meals in 18th-century Williamsburg. December 12, 2005
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Professor Minnigerode lights a tree
Bob Doares talks about playing the part of the German professor who brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to Williamsburg in the mid-19th century. December 05, 2005
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Planning the Grand Illumination
Tim Sutphin has the daunting task of overseeing details for Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination held the first Sunday in December. November 28, 2005
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Decorating for Christmas
Laura Viancour talks about the labor-intensive job of decorating the Historic Area for the Christmas season year after year. November 21, 2005
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Architectural Research
Ed Chappell discusses the value of preserving and restoring buildings in understanding how people lived their lives in the past. November 14, 2005
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Dunmore's Proclamation
Dennis Watson talks about the royal governor's promise to free slaves and indentured servants who joined the British army in the American Revolution. November 07, 2005
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Don't tell journeyman printer Pete Stinely his work is tedious; he's been at it for 24 years! October 31, 2005
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Making museum exhibits come alive
Christina Westenberger discusses creative museum programs for children, school groups, and families. October 24, 2005
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Chuck Wood loves working with horses and people every day driving carriages in the Historic Area. October 17, 2005
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Firing the brick kiln
Christine Trowbridge explains the laborious process of making bricks and the intangible rewards of the job. October 10, 2005
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Interpreting Domestic Life
Lori Loughrey enjoys "dressing up" to lead tours and explain domestic life in the 18th century. September 05, 2005
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Interpreting Patrick Henry
Richard Schumann discusses the intensity and passionate character of Patrick Henry. August 29, 2005
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Journeyman silversmith Preston Jones reflects on his 26 years of creating silver pieces. August 22, 2005
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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 Williamsburgs Historic Area. August 15, 2005
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Ken Schwarz on the life of a blacksmith
Noise, smoke, dirt - blacksmiths endure it all to turn raw materials into useful objects. August 08, 2005
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Foundation President
Colin Campbell discusses the joys and challenges of leading the foundation whose mission is to teach history, "that the future may learn from the past." August 01, 2005
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School Group Interpreter
Dawn Lunn has learned to expect the unexpected as she guides school groups through Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. July 25, 2005
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Apprentice cooper Marshall Scheetz discusses the art and science of making barrels. July 18, 2005
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Fife and Drum Major
A passion for the music and a love of history motivate Lance Pedigo to work with young people entering the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg. July 11, 2005
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Instructor of Interpreters
Rose McAphee trains Colonial Williamsburg interpreters to deal with the unexpected. June 07, 2005
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Bill Barker on portraying Thomas Jefferson
Interpreting Thomas Jefferson is almost an around-the-clock commitment. May 28, 2005
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Colonial Costuming
Brenda Rosseau, supervisor of Research and Design at Colonial Williamsburg's costume center, dresses interpreters in the right clothing "from the skin out." May 17, 2005
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Colonial Williamsburg's livestock program
From lambs to chickens, Elaine Shirley, manager of rare breeds, spends her day in animal husbandry. May 05, 2005
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Inauguration Williamsburg

Governor-elect Kaine on his historic inauguration
Tim Kaine is the first governor to be inaugurated on the site of the colonial Capitol in Williamsburg since Thomas Jefferson. Dec 26, 2005
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Brothers in Arms

Black Women and the Revolution
Hope Smith talks about the women and children who followed their men to war. October 03, 2005
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James Armistead
Interpreter Richard Josey talks about an enslaved man who became a valuable spy during the Revolution. September 26, 2005
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Rhode Island Regiment
Interpreter Greg James discusses the determination of the members of an all-black regiment of soldiers. September 19, 2005
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Brothers in Arms
Harvey Bakari shares his passion for presenting the often forgotten stories of black Americans who contributed to the American Revolution. September 12, 2005
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Independence Day

Declaration of Independence
Bill Barker, interpreting Thomas Jefferson, reads the Declaration of Independence. July 04, 2005
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Jefferson Scholarship
Bill Barker discusses the vast amount of historical study of Jefferson currently available and ponders why we are so interested in the man today. June 30, 2005
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Harvey Bakari on Independence for African Americans
Independence was not guaranteed for everyone in the nation's early days. June 28, 2005
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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. June 21, 2005
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Richard Schumann on Patrick Henry and Independence
Whenever there was trouble in Williamsburg, it's a sure bet Patrick Henry was in the middle of it. June 14, 2005
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The interviews are conducted by Lloyd Dobyns, a former TV correspondent.

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