Conversations at the Washington Library

Conversations at the Washington Library is the premier podcast about George Washington and his Early American world. Join host Jim Ambuske as he talks with scholars, digital humanists, librarians, and other guests about Washington's era and the way we tell stories about the past.

Conversations is a production of the Center for Digital History (CDH) at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. To learn more about the CDH, visit www.mountvernon.org/cdh.

Episodes

July 22, 2021

206. Promoting Joseph Smith for President with Dr. Spencer W. McBride

The American Revolution dismembered a protestant empire. In the years during and after the war, states disestablished their churc…

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July 12, 2021

205. Grieving with the Widow Washington with Dr. Martha Saxton

In the eighteenth century, death stalked early Americans like a predator hunting its prey. In Virginia, as in other colonies, dea…

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June 24, 2021

204. Raising Liberty Poles in the Early Republic with Dr. Shira Lurie

If you’ve taken part in a part in a protest recently, perhaps you carried a sign, waved a flag, or worn a special hat. But if you…

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June 10, 2021

203. Planting the World of Plymouth Plantation with Dr. Carla Gardina…

Plymouth Plantation occupies a powerful place in American national memory. Think of the First Thanksgiving in 1621; Englishmen es…

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May 27, 2021

202. Digitizing the Maryland Loyalist Experience with Dr. Kyle Robert…

Maryland wasn’t so merry for some Americans during the Revolutionary War, especially if you happened to side with the king. Profe…

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May 13, 2021

201. Uncovering the Virginia Loyalists with Drs. Stephanie Seal Walte…

Virginia was home to many of the most famous rebels like George Washington during the American Revolution, but it was also a den …

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About the Hosts

Jim Ambuske

Host, Producer, Historian, Author

Jim Ambuske, Ph.D., leads the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library. A historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World, Ambuske graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016. He is a former Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Law Library. At UVA Law, Ambuske co-directed the 1828 Catalogue Project and the Scottish Court of Session Project. He is currently at work on a book about emigration from Scotland in the era of the American Revolution as well as a chapter on Scottish loyalism during the American Revolution for a volume to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press.

Jeanette Patrick

Co-Host, Co-Producer, Public Historian, Digital Humanist

Jeanette Patrick is the Digital Writer and Researcher in the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library. Among her many responsibilities, she serves as Associate Editor of the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, manages the history and preservation sections of the Mount Vernon website, and builds engaging digital content. She holds an MA in Public History from James Madison University. She is a former Program Manager at the National Women's History Museum.