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Tapping into the History of Alcohol in the Old Dominion

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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How Young Professionals Can Get Involved in the Museum World

As the millennial generation has grown up and entered the job force, museums have faced a new challenge: coming up with new methods and ideas to get a new generation of visitors through its doors and successfully implementing them. Not only to introduce their establishments to this new generation, but to ensure that in years to come the millennials will be the new generation of donors and supporters many museums rely on.

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Still Struggling, Still Preserving: Update on the District of Columbia’s Archives and Public Records Office

By Matthew B. Gilmore

The Office of Public Records (OPR) is a division under the District of Columbia’s Office of the Secretary. OPR currently operates an Archives and Records Center facility at Naylor Court. This facility is supplemented by other city and Federal facilities to store public records. The Naylor Court facility has reached its storage capacity and its physical and mechanical deficiencies make it inadequate for the long-term preservation of the city’s archival records.

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Two Kings and the NMAAHC

By Mariam Williams

Not seeing black people as active participants in American history and its ongoing push toward democracy always has been a hurtful and angering thing to me. It says to black people—and especially to black children who have little, if any, control over their education—that they are irrelevant and that black people have deserved all race-based mistreatment they’ve received, past or present.

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For Emerging Professionals: Museums and Historic Sites on a Budget

Philadelphia is a beautiful city with more than its fair share of amazing museums and historic sites. As a young professional, you might feel that visiting some, or most, or all of these museums and historic sites would benefit you, but you might not have the money or the time in which to do it. But there are plenty of ways in which visiting the city’s museums and historic sites will benefit you, and plenty of ways to take advantage of what they have to offer.

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Day-Tripping through Time: National Park History in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Inspired by the upcoming NPS centennial, which President Obama discussed in his most recent weekly address, I have spent parts of this summer posting about my visits to mid-western memorials, parks, and sites run by the NPS from central Ohio to eastern Missouri through a blog I named the National Park History Tour. Of course, one need not travel outside the Mid-Atlantic to learn about the past from the NPS, in fact one can cover over a century of American history in a weekend in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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Whither Washingtoniana?

By Matthew Gilmore

As the temporary closure of Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington DC for long-overdue renovation draws nigh, a huge question remains unanswered for the local history community—whither Washingtoniana?

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