Episodes

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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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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