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By Bill Sullivan

Many Americans believe strongly in the idea that this is a Christian nation. Surely the vast majority of citizens in the founding generations identified with one denomination or another. Citing those origins is one way to emphasize the idea of a particular kind of unity, a unity, perhaps, that we might like to … Continue Reading »

The Silverbell trees, known to the botanists as Halesia tetraptera, are now in bloom.

This small native tree was first collected in the summer of 1755 by the eminent Scottish physician and naturalist Alexander Garden who Linnaeus has memorialized in the genus name of Gardenia. He lived for many years in the city of … Continue Reading »

How should government protect liberty of conscience?

Should the state promote fundamental values, even if those values might seem to promote religion?

In this imagined conversation at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, Baptist preacher Gowan Pamphlet and five-term Virginia governor Patrick Henry wrestle with these questions.

It’s well known that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution’s … Continue Reading »

By Karen Gonzalez

Albert Durant was born in 1920 into a society where everything was separate and nothing was equal.

But an interest in photography blossomed into a business that transcended the times – and race. It was Durant’s varied interests, in fact, that opened the door for a black man with an artistic eye to … Continue Reading »

The characters inhabiting the world of Mad Men are not the best role models, as anyone who has watched the show for 20 minutes can attest. But occasionally there are pearls of wisdom.

On the episode that aired April 19, Betty Francis offers daughter Sally some great advice, suggesting that she visit the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area … Continue Reading »

By Bill Sullivan

Americans take it for granted today that politicians are going to go to great lengths to “connect” with the public: with grip and grin photo ops, visits to local diners, talk show appearances, or just by dropping pop culture references.

Historian T.H. Breen

They are just like us, they insist, even in the … Continue Reading »