Episodes

Sept. 22, 2021

211. Revitalizing Myaamia Language and Culture with George Ironstrack…

In the eighteenth century, the Myaamia people inhabited what are now parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. More common…

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Sept. 15, 2021

210. Winning a Consolation Prize with Dr. Abby Mullen (Summer Repeat)

Consuls are essential to American foreign relations. Although they may not be as flashy or as powerful as an Ambassador like Thom…

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Sept. 1, 2021

209. Reading Letters by Early American Women with Kathryn Gehred (Sum…

If you pull any decent history book off your shelf right now, odds are that it’s filled with quotes from letters, diaries, or acc…

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Aug. 18, 2021

208. Harnessing Harmony in the Early Republic with Billy Coleman (Sum…

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key began composing "The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the British attack on Fort Mc…

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Aug. 4, 2021

207. Offering George Washington a Royal Gift with Professor José Emil…

In 1784, King Charles III of Spain sent George Washington a token of his esteem. Knowing that Washington had long sought a Spanis…

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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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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 15, 2021

199. Unravelling the Strange Genius of Mr. O. with Dr. Carolyn Eastman

In the early years of the nineteenth century, former Virginia schoolteacher James Ogilvie embarked on a lecture tour that took th…

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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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March 18, 2021

197. Stumbling Upon the Journal of Johann Peter Oettinger with Craig …

Two weeks ago, we brought you the story of Johann Peter Oettinger, a seventeenth-century German-speaking barber-surgeon who in 16…

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March 4, 2021

196. Reconstructing the Life of a German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlant…

In 1693, the young German barber-surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger joined a slave trading venture for the second time. In the employ…

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Feb. 18, 2021

195b. [En Español] Ofreciendo a George Washington un regalo real con …

Bienvenido a Conversaciones en la Biblioteca de Washington. Hoy, Jim Ambuske habla con el profesor José Emilio Yanes de la Univer…

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Feb. 18, 2021

195a. Offering George Washington a Royal Gift with Professor José Emi…

In 1784, King Charles III of Spain sent George Washington a token of his esteem. Knowing that Washington had long sought a Spanis…

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