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From Exhibit To Experience: Designing ‘A Time For Change’ Heritage Tour

| February 15, 2017

Last year I was lucky to be able to attend the opening of the ‘A Time For Change’ exhibit at the Atlantic City branch of the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. The exhibit, which garnered much media attention,

Whither Washingtonia? Design Plans for Renovated MLK Library Leave Questions

| January 24, 2017

By Matthew B. Gilmore As I reported in August, 2016, the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. is slated to closed March 4, 2017, for at least three years, with reopening planned for some time in 2020. A final

Tapping into the History of Alcohol in the Old Dominion

| January 5, 2017

Virginia has a long list of historic connections to alcohol. Jamestown had the first brewery in the American colonies, the first cookbook published in the American Colonies, The Compleat Housewife; or, Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion, was reprinted in Williamsburg, Virginia, by William Parks. This book contained recipes for food, medicine, and alcohol. Because of all of these great connections to Virginia and the history of alcohol, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) decided to create a program called History on Tap, where we take an alcohol recipe from our collection and partner with a brewery, cidery, or meadery to reproduce the beverage.

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