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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Dave Desimone

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dave DeSimone has been a historical interpreter at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1986. He co-established Colonial Williamsburg's Department of Religious Studies, where for seven years he researched, wrote and taught courses on topics in religion in colonial American society. As staff historian, he has published several articles for Colonial Williamsburg publications, and for the last fie years, has been researching and writing his first major book that will examine the complex role of religious faith and ritual in colonial Virginia. Dave has enjoyed sharing his knowledge of American history with Road Scholar participants since 1993.

Stephen Christoff

Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.

Bly Straube

As a member of the team of archaeologists who found the remains of James Fort, the site of America's 1607 birthplace, Bly Straube is renowned for her knowledge on the earliest days of our country's history. Since 1973, she has worked in the Williamsburg area as a historical archaeologist, first with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and then as co-founder of the James River Institute for Archaeology. Bly is now employed by Preservation Virginia at Historic Jamestowne, and her most recent work is displayed in the Vorhees Archaearium. She has completed a book on the exhibit, "The Archaearium: Rediscovering Jamestown 1607-1609, Jamestown Virginia." Bly has recorded many programs for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and is a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology and ancient history at the University of Leicester, England. She has been teaching Road Scholar programs for more than eight years.

Buck Woodard

Buck Woodard has served as the director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's American Indian Initiative since 2008. He has served as an advisor to the Governor of Virginia on the Virginia Council on Indians, as well as a commissioner for the National Park Service, New Line Cinema, NOVA and PBS, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Buck is currently a Ph.D. candidate in historical anthropology at the College of William & Mary, and is an adjunct instructor of anthropology for Virginia Commonwealth University's School of World Studies. Buck has been lecturer for Road Scholar programs since 2006.

Carson Hudson

Carson Hudson is an Emmy-award winning screenwriter who has dedicated his career to bringing the music, lore and history of America to life. After in-depth research of entertainment forms from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, he began to regress his performance skills into the past, learning traditional performance practices and sideshow secrets. Since then, he has researched, written, performed, and directed more than a score of productions and programs for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This work earned him an Emmy and several Telly Awards in screen writing. In spite of all this, he still manages to find time to lecture on Revolutionary and Civil War military history for Road Scholar programs. Carson is the author of "Civil War Williamsburg" and "These Detestable Slaves of the Devil" (on colonial witchcraft).

Rebecca Suerdieck

An accomplished historical character interpreter, puppeteer, and folk dancer, Rebecca Suerdieck is one of the few 17th-century English domestics experts in the world, having researched various topics related to working-class women in the 14th through 18th centuries. She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and holds a bachelor's in education, with concentrations in English history, music composition, film production, and Medieval and Renaissance studies. Rebecca has continued her education at Christopher Newport University with studies in historic archaeology, and is the author of two works: "A Brief History of New Pocoson and Charles Parish" and "An Introduction to English Country Dancing".

Dean Shostak

In 1991, Dean Shostak became involved in the revival of the rare and beautiful glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Today, he is one of eight glass armonica players in the world, and the only musician since the 18th century to use a flywheel and foot treadle as Franklin originally designed. Dean began his musical career in Colonial Williamsburg at the age of 14, and after graduating from the University of Virginia, began to study 18th-century instruments such as the pocket violin and the hurdy-gurdy. He has now incorporated spectacular new and antique glass instruments into his show, including the glass violin and crystal handbells. Dean has emerged as a nationally acclaimed touring artist, and his music has been featured on numerous television and radio programs including Voice of America, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, NPR's All Things Considered and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Susan Kern

A former archaeologist at Monticello, Susan Kern is passionate about American history. In her current role, Susan is a Visiting Associate Professor in the history department of the College of William & Mary, and teaches for the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD), a program of courses in early American history, material culture, and museum studies. Her book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell," won Virginia Historical Society's Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography, and the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Susan holds an M.A. in architectural history from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in history from William & Mary.

John Labanish

A native of Western Pennsylvania, John earned his B.A. in history and English from St., Vincent College and his M.A. in American history from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught history, government, and English at private and public schools in Michigan and Pennsylvania. During 13 years at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, John advanced from collections registrar to curator of education and exhibits, and eventually became director. John also served as an adjunct professor of museum studies at Duquesne University. In 2008, he retired after 23 years at Colonial Williamsburg where he was involved in historic area interpretation, supervision and training of interpreters, historical building management, and first person character interpretation. Presently, John serves as a docent at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary and as a member of the James City County Historical Commission.

Dr. Susan Kern

A former archaeologist at Monticello, Susan Kern is passionate about American history. In her current role, Susan is a Visiting Associate Professor in the history department of the College of William & Mary, and teaches for the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD), a program of courses in early American history, material culture, and museum studies. Her book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell," won Virginia Historical Society's Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography, and the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Susan holds an M.A. in architectural history from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in history from William & Mary.

Stephen Christoff

Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.

Dr. Jody Allen

An expert on African American history, Jody Allen received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in 2009, and is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at the college. She also serves as the co-chair of a project that supports research and dialogue on the history of the college in relation to African Americans and slavery. Jody is currently researching race relations in Hanover County, Virginia, with specific focus on how the 1902 constitutional convention and the enactment of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 impacted the region. In addition, she has co-written a lesson plan for the National Park Service's Teaching with Historic Places website. She and a colleague have received two grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to develop a documentary, and Jody has also published an article on the "Forced Migration of African Americans" in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Bunny Rich

Bunny Rich has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 34 years. Among her many interests, she has concentrated on Colonial family life, cooking and clothing, often interpreting at the Powell House. Bunny also has served as a guide for VIP guests ranging from Bill Clinton to David Brinkley. A native of York County, Bunny can trace her roots on the Virginia Peninsula back to the 1630s.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
4 Performances

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