Episodes

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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Feb. 4, 2021

194. Building Digital History Projects at the Washington Library with…

One of the most important things we’re able to do at the Center for Digital History is offer internships to college students. Wor…

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Jan. 21, 2021

193. Rifling through Washington's Receipts with Dr. Julie Miller

Take a receipt out of your pocket. What does it say about you? Receipts can tell us a lot about people and the world in which the…

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Jan. 14, 2021

Throwing a Change-Up at the Washington Library with Jim Ambuske

We wanted to let you know of some exciting changes we’ll be making to the podcast that will allow you to hear more from groundbre…

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Jan. 7, 2021

192. Drinking Washington's Whiskey with Drew Hannush

For many people, one of life’s great joys is a lovely dram of whiskey. Whether you’re a fan of Kentucky Bourbon, Single-malt Sco…

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Dec. 31, 2020

191. (Recast) The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thomps…

This is Part Two of Jim Ambuske's July 2019 chat with Washington Library Research Historian Mary V. Thompson. We’re recasting it …

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Dec. 31, 2020

190. (Recast) The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thomps…

Forty years ago, Mary V. Thompson began her career at Mount Vernon as a museum attendant and history interpreter. She was quickly…

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Dec. 24, 2020

189. Confronting an Absolutist Monarch with Dr. Karie Schultz

In this season of religious renewal, we bring you a story of religious dissent. In 1638, many of King Charles I’s Presbyterian su…

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Dec. 17, 2020

188. Exploring the Benjamin Franklin House of London with Dr. Márcia …

In 1757, Benjamin Franklin returned to London after an over thirty-year absence. He first ventured to the imperial capital in 172…

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Dec. 10, 2020

187. Winning a Consolation Prize with Dr. Abby Mullen

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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Dec. 3, 2020

186. Exploring New Frontiers in Early American History with Alexi Gar…

In the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin and other early Americans likened themselves to a rising people who were creating so…

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Nov. 19, 2020

185. Seeking a City of Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp with Marcus P…

The Great Dismal Swamp is a remarkable feature of the southern coastal plain. Spanning from Norfolk, Virginia to Elizabeth City, …

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Nov. 12, 2020

184. Becoming Citizens of Convenience on the U.S.-Canadian Border wit…

In 1783, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which confirmed American independence. As part of the tr…

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