Material Culture Episodes

April 29, 2021

200. Transcribing From The Page with Sara and Ben Brumfield

When the COVID pandemic stuck last spring, thousands of cultural heritage sites, including the Washington Library and Mount Verno…

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April 2, 2021

198. Contesting Monuments and Memory in South Carolina with Dr. Lydia…

The South Carolina State House Grounds is a landscape of monuments and memory. Since the capital moved from Charleston to Columbi…

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July 23, 2020

168. Mining King George III's Papers with Zara Anishanslin and Arthur…

While work continues on the podcast's upcoming Season 5, we’re pleased to offer you another summer interlude. For today’s show, w…

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June 18, 2020

163. Returning to Lives Bound Together on Juneteenth with Jessie MacL…

This Friday marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865 when enslaved people i…

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May 21, 2020

159. Preserving Historic Real Estate with Whitney Martinko

In 1812, Pennsylvania state legislators contemplated something that most Americans would now find completely unimaginable: demoli…

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April 23, 2020

155. Painting Portraits of Colonial Virginia with Janine Yorimoto Bol…

In 1757, Martha Dandridge Custis paid the artist John Wollaston the handsome sum of 56 pistoles for portraits of her, her husband…

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Feb. 27, 2020

147. Setting the Table for the American Cincinnatus with Ron Fuchs

In 1784, Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Shaw set sail on the Empress of China destined for the city of Canton, or Guangzhou, in…

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