Family Episodes

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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Aug. 27, 2020

173. Tracing the History of the Syphax Family with Steve Hammond and …

The Syphax Family has deep historic ties to Mount Vernon and other sites of enslavement in Virginia. In 1821, Charles Syphax, an …

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Aug. 13, 2020

171. Reinterpreting Mary Ball Washington with Karin Wulf, Martha Saxt…

On today's show, we bring you the audio from our annual Martha Washington Lecture. This year's topic was Mary Ball Washington, Ge…

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May 7, 2020

157. Finding the Hidden Families behind the Boston Massacre with Sere…

On the evening of March 5, 1770, Captain Thomas Preston and a small contingent of British Redcoats under his command fired into a…

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Jan. 2, 2020

139. Harnessing the Power of Washington's Genealogy with Karin Wulf

Early Americans like George Washington obsessed over genealogy. Much was at stake. One's place on the family tree could mean the …

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May 30, 2019

109. Birthing a Nation

In this episode Associate Curator Jessie MacLeod sits down with Library research fellow Sara Collini to discuss her latest findin…

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March 4, 2019

96. Jefferson's Daughters

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Catherine Kerrison, a Professor of history at Villanova University, …

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Feb. 14, 2019

94. The Return of the Harpsichord

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Library research fellow Dr. Joyce Lindorff to discuss h…

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