Episode 14: Thanksgiving!

In this Thanksgiving special, we talk about Thanksgiving! How did it start, and how did it become the holiday as we know it today? Plus, did Virginia have the REAL first Thanksgiving, not the Pilgrims, like we've always thought?

Jennie Augusta BrownscombeThe First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, 
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts


Episode 13: Colonial Books and Reading

What did people read in the colonial era? How were books printed? How else the the written word shape early America? This week, we're joined by an expert from the American Antiquarian Society to answer these questions and more on books and reading in colonial times!

As mentioned in the podcast, learn about Isaiah Thomas, patriot printer here


Thomas Paine Coloring Page (source)



Episode 12: Autumn Holiday Special

Did colonial kids celebrate Halloween? What other things did colonists celebrate at this time of year? We find out in this special episode!



Guy Fawkes





Episode 11: Colonial Celebrations

This week, we talk about how people celebrated special events in colonial times. Holidays, weddings, special occasions- how were they like today, and how were they different?

Charlotte from Long Island joins us to ask questions, and Lindy Cummings from Tryon Palace in North Carolina is here to answer them!

"Cotillion Dance," by John Collett, London, March 10, 1771. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Colonial Williamsburg has great resources about weddings here




Episode 10: Colonial Clothing

Sorry there was no episode last week- I was moving! 

I'm here to make it up to you, though, with an episode I have been looking forward to for MONTHS. Neal Hurst, assistant curator for textiles and costumes from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is here to tell us everything about what people wore in colonial times. The questions from 7-year old Mazarine are some of my favorites ever, too! I hope you like this one as much as I do!

Detail from a dress in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection

One of the best resources for more fun is this Colonial Williamsburg 18th-Century Clothing portal. You can look at clothing, see all the different parts of outfits, dress a paper doll, check out accessories, and more. I could spend hours there.




M. Bacham- Colonial Family

Isaac Winslow and His Family