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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

Digging Into History: Archaeology and Preservation of Virginia’s Heritage

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Program #15964RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

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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.

Buck Woodard

Buck Woodard has been the director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's American Indian Initiative since 2008. He has also 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 since 2006.

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.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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