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LIVE! from History

LIVE! from History transports you through time for an opportunity to virtually engage with people of the past, live of course! We invite you to meet members of the Williamsburg community from different walks of life to learn what they thought, felt, and did about personal and monumental events in their lives.

LIVE! from History will return in the fall with new programs. In the meantime, you can find past recordings below and explore our other livestream series for students, history enthusiasts, and everyone in between.

Previous Live! From History Programs

The Power of Protest
America has a long history of protest, and how to protest “appropriately” is a hotly debated issue today. What did some of the nation’s founders think about the right way to protest?

Freedom for Religion
In colonial Virginia, those that followed religions other than the Church of England were considered “dissenters.” Meet some of Williamsburg’s religious dissenters and hear about their hopes for change.

To Her Heirs Forever
Join us for this special Women’s History Month livestream as we not only meet Anne Blair Banister, a citizen of Williamsburg, but also meet the woman who portrays the historic figure.  We invite you to join us for a conversation with Actor/Interpreters Hope Wright and Michelle Greensmith as they discuss their research, methods and experiences in interpreting women in the 18th century and the complexities within it.

The Price of Freedom
Due to the laws of colonial Virginia, most enslaved people could not obtain their freedom.  Join two Black Virginians who were successful in securing their freedom and hear about the price they had to pay.

The Washingtons Wed
You are cordially invited to join Colonel and Mrs. George Washington on the anniversary of their wedding.  Hear about their courtship and the work behind uniting two households.

America's First Celebrity
The idea of celebrity has been around since the dawn of creation and was as much a driving cultural force in the 18th century as it is today. Join America’s first celebrity actress, Nancy Hallam, as she discusses her career on the 18th century stage and the repercussions of being a public figure on her private life.

The Trial of Law v Ethics
That “all men are created equal” is a high and mighty concept, but far from the reality of Virginia in the 18th century. How do we reconcile a body of law that does not live up to our highest ideals?

Death in the Household
October 1775, the President of the Congress, Peyton Randolph has just died.  Join the members of his household as they grapple with the effect of his death and what it means for their future.

The March to Yorktown
Yorktown, Virginia was the location for the American and French army's most significant victory of the Revolution on October 19th, 1781. This victory, led by General George Washington, would set the United States on the path to independence. Join General Washington and General Lafayette as they discuss the campaign of 1781 and the siege of Yorktown.

Colonial Williamsburg Resources

Resources for Teachers
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  • In the Yorktown Electronic Field Trip, you will find video, a script, and lesson plans exploring the story of the key turning point in the Revolutionary War. Follow the people who converged on the village of York in October 1781: the military leaders, common soldiers, and civilians whose lives were changed forever by the siege. Learn why Yorktown was the place where American independence was finally secured.
  • This collection of primary source documents and images allows students to uncover the perspectives of people at the time of the surrender. Includes images and documents from British, American, and European observers and contemporaries.
  • In this lesson, students will read two letters written by George Washington, examine the writing style and word choices used in each letter, and summarize the basic content.